Corgi puppies are a well-known dog breed. Originally bred for herding, Corgis are highly trainable and very eager to please. There are two breeds of corgis. The first breed, which is the largest corgi breed, is the Cardigan Welsh corgi. Cardigan Welsh corgis have a tail and have rounded ears. The second breed is the Pembroke Welsh corgi, which has no tail and has pointed ears. The Pembroke Welsh corgi is a very popular corgi breed and is especially popular in the royal family and Queen Elizabeth II of England.
If you have always loved the breed of corgi puppies, you have come to the right place. In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about caring and owning corgi puppies. From the different breeds to how to properly care for corgis, this article contains all the facts you need to know about these beloved dogs. I hope this article answers all of your questions on corgi puppies.
Breeds Of Corgis
There are two corgi breeds, which are the Cardigan Welsh corgi and the Pembroke Welsh corgi. They are considered two entirely different breeds because they come from different ancestors. Because they look a lot alike, these two breeds were crossbred in the 19th century.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cardigan Welsh corgi puppies are the larger of the two breeds. They can grow to be 12.5 inches at the shoulder and weigh 25 to 38 pounds. Cardigan Welsh corgi puppies have a tail, unlike the Pembroke Welsh corgi that does not have a tail. In addition to this, Cardigan Welsh corgis have rounded ears. This breed of corgi puppies come in several coat colors, from red to the popular blue-merle pattern. Their lifespan is 12 to 15 years.
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Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is very similar to the Cardigan Welsh. The main differences between these two breeds are the tail and the ears. Pembroke Welsh corgis don’t have tails, and their ears are more pointy. They weigh 27 to 30 pounds, and their height at the shoulder is 10 to 12 inches. They have a slightly shorter lifespan, which is 12 to 13 years. Overall, the Pembroke Welsh corgi makes a great pet and a great herder.
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Training Corgi Puppies
As I mentioned earlier, corgis are bred for herding. The reason why they were bred for herding is that in the 10th century (when they were most commonly used for herding), most pastures didn’t have fences. In order to keep a farmer’s cattle together and separated from other herds, corgis would nip at their legs to herd them. Because of their closeness to the ground, corgis had easy access to the cows’ ankles.
Because corgi puppies are bred to chase and nip at cows, they can sometimes do this to their owner, children, and other household pets. It is important that you teach your corgi at a young age what he shouldn’t bite. Begin by teaching your corgi puppy the words “Stop” and “No”. That way, you are ensured that he will stop chasing someone whenever you tell him not to. In addition to this, you should warn your children and guests about your corgi dog’s behavior.
Training a corgi puppy is fairly easy. Corgi puppies strive to please their owners, so it shouldn’t require much effort before your corgi realizes what kind of behavior he should have. Crate training and housebreaking training should also be fairly easy for your corgi puppy to learn. Make sure you always reward your corgi puppy with a treat after he has accomplished something.
Caring For Your Corgi
In order for your corgi to have a long, healthy life, you will need to properly care for him. Here are the steps to caring for corgi puppies.
Visit Your Veterinarian
A few days after getting your corgi puppy, take him to the veterinarian. If your corgi puppy has any health issues, make sure you let your vet know. After you have taken your corgi puppy to the vet, you should take him to the vet every year for check-ups.
Corgi puppies need plenty of exercise in order to maintain a healthy weight. Because they were bred to herd cattle, they can be very destructive if they have nothing to do. Several leash walks per day or one to two hours of backyard activity with toys will keep your corgi from creating destruction with unacceptable activities, such as digging, chewing and scratching.
Off-leash play with other dogs, tug-of-war, swimming, or playing fetch is also great exercise for your corgi puppies. In addition to all this, obedience training is a great way to keep your corgi entertained. Obedience can be combined with search and rescue training, flyball games, or agility training with these smart dogs.
Feeding Your Corgi
The next step to caring for your corgi is to feed him a high-quality dog food. This breed has a tendency to become overweight and should be fed carefully. According to Purina, your dog’s ribs should be easy to feel with minimal fat covering.
Brushing Your Corgi
It is recommended to brush your corgi every day. Corgi puppies have a thick undercoat and a fluffy topcoat, so he will shed some of his coat daily. Use a comb to remove all hair knots and some of the dead hair. Brush his coat after combing out the knots. Brushing removes additional dead hair and spreads skin oils throughout your dog’s coat for a healthy shine.
Bathing Your Corgi
Corgi puppies do not get too dirty. However, when they do get dirty, you may need to give him a bath. Fill a tub with about four inches of warm water and place a non-slip rubber mat on the bottom. Use a hose or large cup to get your dog wet and shampoo him with a mild dog shampoo. You should also use dog conditioner, as this will help moisturize his skin and coat. After bathing your corgi, dry him with a towel. Now is also a good time to trim his nails, as his nails will be softer when they are wet. This will make it easier to trim his nails.
Creating A Safe Environment For Your Corgi
Making a safe environment for your corgi puppy is very important. To start, make your home as comfortable for your corgi as possible. Keeping a crate in your home is a great way to provide a safe place for your dog to be. Make sure the crate is big enough for your corgi to stand up and turn around in. Also, never put your corgi in a crate as a punishment. The crate should be a safe place that your corgi enjoys being at.
Next, make sure your outdoor space is safe for your corgi. Make sure you have a fence up so that your dog won’t run away. Also, teach your dog to listen to your commands, such as “Stay” and “No”.
Do Corgi Puppies Bark A Lot?
The answer to this question is yes, corgi puppies do bark a lot. Corgi puppies are bred to herd cattle, which is why they like to bark. How much your corgi barks has a lot to do with how much training you have done with him. Dogs that are trained with are often less vocal. That said, some corgi puppies are naturally quiet.
What About Mixed Breeds?
There are a lot of Corgi mixes available these days. Corgis have been crossbred with Labs, Huskies, Australian Shepherds, German Shepherds, Dalmatians, Chihuahuas, Golden Retrievers, and many other dog breeds. If you have always loved one of these dog breeds, you may want to consider trying a corgi mix. Keep in mind that many of the breeds I just mentioned will be much smaller since they are bred with Corgi. For example, a German Shepherd mixed with Corgi will be much smaller than regular German Shepherds. They will have smaller legs and will be much shorter.
The Corgi breed is one of the most popular dog breeds and is an excellent herd dog. There are two corgi breeds, which are the Cardigan Welsh corgi and the Pembroke Welsh corgi. Corgi puppies are very easy to train and strive to please their owners. Caring for them is fairly easy. Keep in mind that corgis are known to shed a lot and need plenty of exercises. Without exercising, corgis can become bored and destructive. Also, keep in mind that corgis can bark a lot. If you work with them, they can learn not to bark as much.
If you are hesitant about getting a corgi, consider getting a corgi mix. There are so many corgi mixes these days. Corgi mixes often get the pattern of other dogs, but they have the same shape as a purebred corgi. Whether you get a purebred corgi or a corgi mix, I’m sure you will fall in love with this breed. Corgi puppies are smart, playful, brave, and energetic. They are the perfect pet to have as long as you are willing to take them for walks and train them to not “herd” other animals or people. Even though it requires some patience to raise a corgi, it is definitely worth it.
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