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|Weight:||22 - 38lbs.|
|Life span:||12 - 14 years|
Welsh legend says the fairies and elves of Wales used the Pembroke Welsh corgi to pull fairy coaches, work fairy cattle, and serve as the steed for fairy warriors.
Corgis are world-class herders
The word corgi means dwarf dog
Corgis are originally from Wales and have been around for more than 3,000 years. The Cardigan Welsh corgi is older than the Pembroke and was brought to Cardiganshire, Wales by a warrior tribe of Celts around 1,200 BC. The Pembroke Welsh corgi migrated to Wales with Flemish weavers around 1107 AD. The early Pembroke corgi bred with Cardigan corgi to produce the Pembroke Welsh corgis we see today.
There are two types of corgis: the Pembroke Welsh corgi and the Cardigan Welsh corgi. Though they look very similar they are considered two distinct breeds because they come from different ancestors. Their remarkable resemblance is a result of crossbreeding in the 19th century.
Both the Cardigan Welsh corgi and Pembroke Welsh corgi live about 12-14 years.
Cardigan Welsh corgis are slightly larger than the Pembroke Welsh corgi. Both male and female Cardigan’s grow to between 10 - 13 inches at the shoulder. Pembroke Welsh corgis are a little bit shorter and grow to be between 10 - 12 as adults.
Cardigan Welsh corgis also weigh more than their Pembroke counterparts. Adult Cardigan corgis weight between 25 and 38 pounds, while Pembroke Welsh corgis weight 22 - 29 pounds.
Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke Welsh corgis come in a variety of colors and variations. The Cardigan corgi has more AKC accepted color variations than the Pembroke Welsh corgi. The Pembroke corgi comes in red, sable, fawn as well as black and tan. The Cardigan corgi comes in black and white, blue merle and white, brindle and white, red and white as well as sable and white. Additional nonstandard colors for the Cardigan include gray and white, liver and white, red merle and white, sable merle and white as well as white merle.
Pembroke Welsh corgis are known to shed frequently. The Cardigan Welsh corgi, on the other hand, sheds seasonally though their shedding can be frequent if not brushed properly.
The Cardigan Welsh corgi and Pembroke Welsh corgi both have a doublecoat that grows all over.
Yes, your corgi will need some occasional grooming. They should also receive daily brushings to keep the coat healthy and reduce shedding.
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Corgis can cost between $600 to $1,000 depending on the breeder's location and the quality of the breed. Though some have been sold for as much as $2000. Cardigan Welsh corgis are more expensive because they are more rare than the Pembroke. You can adopt a corgi from a local animal shelter or rescue for much less than it would cost to purchase one from a breeder. An adoption fee for a corgi will usually be a few hundred dollars, which helps to cover the cost of caring for a corgi prior to adoption.
The easiest way to adopt a corgi without going through a breeder would be through a rescue that specializes in corgis. A great place to start would be by starting a breed search on Adopt-a-Pet.com. The search will show you all the available corgis in your area.
We recommend you rescue a corgi (or any dog, really) before you buy a puppy from a breeder. There are millions of homeless dogs across the country, many of which are purebred, who would otherwise be subjected to unfavorable conditions and adoption can be life changing — not only for the dog, but also the adopter. That said, we realize that buying a corgi is sometimes irresistible.
If it is your intention to buy a corgi puppy from a breeder, it is safest to purchase a puppy that is registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC). The easiest and most reliable way to find a corgi breeder would be through the Online Breeder Classifieds on the AKC website. When working with a breeder verify that the breeder you’re purchasing from has registered the parents with the AKC and ask to see their pedigrees and the puppy’s health information. Please understand that you may have to drive several hundred miles in order to find a reputable, safe, and dependable breeder to purchase your corgi.
Corgis, like any dog, have the potential to bark quite a bit. With proper training, corgis can be very quiet.
Corgis are very loyal and have a generally sweet disposition. However, because they are herding dogs they tend to be dominant and sometimes have bossy personalities. Their herding instinct can make them less tolerant of the chasing and screaming that is usually associated with young children, but every dog is an individual and well trained corgis do very well around kids.
As with any breed, it is recommended that your child is always supervised when interacting with your corgi to keep both the child and dog safe.
Corgis are intelligent, playful and dedicated to their people — all desirable traits in a family dog. However, because they sometimes like to do their own thing, owners will have to devote time into proper training. If the household has young children, owners should also make sure there is proper supervision when children are interacting with a corgi.
Corgis may try to herd your cat, but they generally get along well with felines. They tend to really bond with kitties that have outgoing, playful and adventurous personalities. If you don't mind excited barking and high-speed chases around your home, you might get a real kick out of a cat-corgi combo.
Corgis are very intelligent and trainable though they are also stubborn. Training them requires patience and lots of positive reinforcement. Corgis are an attentive breed that can learn quickly and responds well to obedience training when done in a fun environment. Corgis have the independent judgment and problem-solving abilities of a true herding breed, so you must have the confidence to establish and consistently enforce rules, or he will do his own thing. Also, be aware that dogs still have their own individual personalities and some corgis may be easier to train than others.
Corgis are generally pretty healthy, but are known to have some issues that can be of concern. Because they are classified as a dwarf breed, many of the more common health issues arise from their long spine and short legs.