We will help answer all these questions and more on our corgi puppy page!
Should I get a corgi puppy?
Choosing a corgi puppy will probably be a decision you'll be happy with for many years, but educate yourself before making a commitment.
Welsh corgis are generally very intelligent, friendly towards humans, and very protective and loyal. The phrase "big dog in a small package" is often used to describe their temperament, and they tend to like to be the "boss" so a corgi puppy should be taught early who is the alpha.
Corgis are generally affectionate, and good with children. However, as herding dogs, they can have a tendency to nip at heels, a habit which needs to be 'nipped in the bud,' so to speak, right away, particularly around small children.
Like most puppies, it is a good idea to keep your corgi puppy away from other dogs until it is properly trained. Their intelligence can be a blessing and a curse; they are easy to train but can be stubborn and can get lost in themselves.
Both Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh corgis tend to be energetic, but not hyper. A nice long walk or a romp in the park every day will keep your corgi pup happy and healthy.
Be warned that while corgis are generally not a high-maintenance dog, they DO shed, and regular brushing is highly recommended. Investing in a good vacuum cleaner is a good idea too!
Important! Diets for corgis need to be carefully maintained. Corgis are notorious for having endless appetites, and will overeat when given the chance. Consult your veterinarian for appropriate diets for your corgi pup, as overweight corgis are far too common, which can lead to health problems.
While corgis tend to be very healthy with few characteristic problems, they are subject to hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. Overweight dogs are at increased risk for canine diabetes and canine arthritis.
Training a corgi puppy
Corgis are usually highly intelligent, and eager to please their owner. Because of this, they are very easy to train, relatively speaking. However, they will test you to see what they can get away with, so you have to stay firm and consistent.
Many corgi puppies are food oriented, so respond well to treat training -- but be careful not to overdo it! Tiny portions will keep them happy and coming back for more. Clicker training is also very effective, and, of course, ALWAYS use positive reinforcement, not negative!
Choosing the right dog breed
Choosing which dog is right for you is not as simple as it may sound. There are a lot of factors that should be considered before adding a new family member.
Some questions to ask yourself:
- What kind of environment do you have to provide your dog? Apartments, houses, farms, fenced in yards, all are suited better for different breeds.
- How big a dog do you prefer?
- Do you want a watchdog, companion, hunting dog, working dog?
- What energy level are you comfortable with? Can you keep up with it?
- How much time do you have available to play with and train your new puppy?
- Do you want a purebread, or a mutt?