The Corgi is an amazing dog, a favorite breed of Her Majesty Queen of Great Britain Elizabeth II, a small shepherd dog with a big and fearless heart.
All owners of dogs of the Corgi breed almost unanimously speak about the wonderful character of these small shepherd dogs. Among the main features, you can attract the activity of the animal, its high intelligence and amazing friendliness to the representatives of the human race. If Corgi can still display some alertness and aggressiveness towards other dogs, then growl or show a person – almost never.
Corgis were originally exclusively herding dogs. It is an activity that requires endurance, quick wits, and teamwork skills. Many people are sincerely surprised by the very high activity of the corgi, which loves to run, frolic, and even fool around, despite its seemingly not quite favorable appearance for such a pastime. Neither modest size nor short legs hinder him in this occupation.
Corgis are smart dogs. They grasp commands on the fly, instantly navigate and quickly adapt. You can learn dogs in just a few weeks, starting from the second month of life. It is best for corgi puppies to teach the team at a young age. According to experts, the corgi is friendly and optimistic. They love their owners and their friends. Dogs are also friends with children, corgi can always be trusted with a baby.
Care and maintenance
Corgis are unpretentious and don’t require much. Carpets should be cleaned, at first, they can “miss” and go to the toilet where it is necessary. The wires must be hidden, valuable things must be sent to the closet. True, in a couple of months your house will be completely safe. Welsh corgi won’t do anything bad.
If the floors in the apartment are slippery, they should be covered with a special coating, the puppy’s paws will disperse. Buy more toys. Among them should be toys made of solid rubber, vein bones, simple branches of trees, so that the puppy has something to chew on.
Don’t overfeed your dog. The puppy eats 5 times a day, and by six months – 2 times. You can feed the dog with dry rations (initially soaked in water), as well as natural food. “Natural” includes meat, vegetables, eggs, dairy products, cereals.
Corgis need to be taught hygiene right away. Brush the dog every day, clipping the nails, and cleaning the ears every month. Use shampoos less often. Means remove fat from the coat, which is restored within three days.
You can walk your dog immediately after quarantine. Do not delay, from three months the puppy can be taken outside. Very small dogs should be walked 5-6 times a day, adolescents – 3 times, corgis from one year old should be taken outside no more than two times. Exercise your dog.
Education and training
To teach to “go to the toilet” using a diaper with a smell, placing it in a specially designated place. In the first months (3 to 8), take your dog outside after sleeping and eating. Express joy, praise it if done right.
Aggression (bites, growling when “violating the territory”, playing, etc.) It is necessary to immediately suppress: press the dog to the ground by the withers or leave and stop communication for a short time.
Corgis are very kind and unforgiving, they do not understand aggression. The result with them can only be achieved by gentleness and patience.
The ancestors of the corgi are shepherd dogs, crossed with small dogs for the sake of obtaining a small animal that can painlessly run under cow’s hooves but possessing the strength and character of a shepherd dog. By and large, the corgi is the same shepherd dog, only smaller in size: an adult reaches only 30 cm at the withers.
- The size. Unlike shepherd dogs, their ancestors, corgi do not take up very much space. It is easy to carry and transport them because it is much easier to find a carrier for such a small dog than for a large dog.
- Peacefulness. Previously, corgis do not feel absolutely any hatred for anyone who surrounds them, be it people or other animals. If looking at the photos, it seems to you that the corgi is smiling – most likely it is because it is one of the most cheerful dogs. Of course, if she senses something amiss, she will let you know by barking and attacking a potential offender – with varying degrees of success.
- Devotion. Getting into a family, corgi, like many dogs, chooses one owner for itself, to which it becomes attached more than others. The dog will treat other family members with less affection. Due to their appearance, corgi becomes the favorites of babies and tolerates attempts to play and hug without objection.
- Adaptability. The Corgi is not one of the fastidious dogs that fall into apathy when changing surroundings. When moving or even a short trip, the dog will not have any negative feelings – he will quickly get used to the new environment.
- Living mind. Corgis are easy to train and have high intelligence – just like all shepherd dogs. The same intelligence allows them to catch the weak points of the owner if he begins to show them. To prevent this, the corgi must be strictly raised, not allowing the dog’s natural charm to overshadow your mind.
- Unobtrusiveness. Although a corgi dog that has no occupation begins to frankly get bored and can harm the owner’s property, in general, this dog is quite tactful and unobtrusive. If she feels that the owner is not ready to play with her, she will not insist or be offended – although it is not a fact that the occupation that she likes will please her owner.
- They bite the heels. Initially, corgi helped shepherds – and, chasing sheep, gathering them into a herd, bite their paws. This habit is at the genetic level: they still bite people on the heels, trying to gather them together. The teeth of the legs themselves do not touch – it is more like an unpleasant pinch. This is especially evident among young puppies who have not yet raised – but the dog can be weaned from this habit if desired.
- They are very active. Shepherd’s past makes itself felt in energy, a way to accumulate in these little dogs – there can be a lot of it, and if you don’t throw it out in time, it can lead to some kind of trouble. If you don’t walk the dog three times a day, it can start destroying furniture in the apartment – so if you don’t have time for this, it is better not to even think about buying a corgi puppy.
- Very voracious. Corgi individuals are quite large in themselves, therefore, if you start feeding them as if for slaughter, they can easily become fat. Concomitant diseases are associated with obesity, so you need to carefully select the diet for your dog.
- They require careful grooming. The thick wool of the corgi is not only their advantage but also a disadvantage, especially of a lazy owner. The dog needs to be regularly brushed so that the coat does not get tangled, and even more so when it starts to shed.
- They do not know how to protect the territory. There are fighting dogs, there are those who are so loyal to the owners that they threaten to attack, only to hear the danger – and there is a corgi who loves everyone indiscriminately. Leaving this breed to guard the house is highly discouraged since excessive affection will not only not frighten off the robber, but also endanger the corgi itself.
- Fearless. Surprisingly, their absolute guarding ability coexists quietly with insane fearlessness when it comes to dealing with other dogs – especially those who are slightly larger than the corgi. Seeing a dog, even if he is not in an aggressive mood, the corgi can rush at him with a bark – letting him off the leash is therefore not recommended.
- Shrill voice. If the corgi starts barking, no one will think that it is the voice of such a small dog. To some, this will seem dignified, but if you prefer silence, and your ears start ringing from a loud barking, you can try to wean the dog from this habit.
- High price. Since corgi is a purebred dog, it is very difficult to find a representative of the breed even in a shelter. The high popularity is forcing breeders to raise prices for unborn puppies.