From the step of Queen Elizabeth II, your beloved Pembroke Welsh Corgis have received a lot of attention. And it’s not just because they’re gorgeous: The Queen considered these dogs part of her family, and she reportedly owned more than 30 Corgis in her lifetime. But these lovable pooches aren’t just fit for royalty; They are wonderful companions for all kinds of people and families. We consulted veterinarians and animal experts to find out why corgis make great pets, aside from their cute short legs and adorable faces. Read on to learn all about this dog breed, from their temperament to their maintenance needs.
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In the right environment, even notoriously aloof dogs can sometimes change their temperament, but it’s always a gamble. With Corgis, she can be sure that she is bringing a friendly companion into her home. “Corgis love being around people! They never want to be left home alone while you go out to work or run errands,” he says. melissa m brockboard-certified veterinarian and author of Pango Pets.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) gives Corgis a rating of four out of five for their openness to strangers and five out of five for how affectionate they are with their family. They describe them as “affectionate and sociable without being needy.” Brock points out that these dogs love to cuddle up with their owners and will often follow you around to get close. “This makes them great companions for seniors or people who live alone,” she says.
One of the best things about having a dog is being able to play with them. But for people who have busy lives, a super rambunctious pet that requires long runs and lots of time outdoors may not be practical. Corgis are more energetic and playful than most, according to the AKC, but “they make a great pet for those who enjoy playing or being outdoors, but aren’t the sportiest people in the world,” he says. Sabrina KongDVM at WeLoveDoodles.
Kong says corgis benefit from a moderate amount of exercise, and since they’re small (usually 20 to 35 pounds), they find it fairly easy to run and play indoors. At this point, courtney jacksonveterinarian and founder of The Pets Digest, adds that corgis “are not so small that they are easily overlooked and accidentally stepped on like much smaller dogs, which is great for families with young children.”
For outdoor recreation, the AKC recommends long walks or slow jogs, but discourages your Corgi from accompanying you on runs or bike rides due to their short legs.
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If you are a multi-pet household, Corgis get along well with cats and other dogs. “They have had a long history as companions to farm dogs and can generally adjust well to most animals if given enough patience,” he explains. james henry, founder of NeuroDogLux. He notes that it’s important to socialize a Corgi early as “it takes time for them to adjust to having other pets in their new environment.”
Because corgis are herding dogs, they are used to being around other corgis. Therefore, they will get along better with dog breeds that are roughly the same size as themselves. This is also one of the reasons why they fit in well with cats.
Since corgis were historically bred to herd livestock, they are extremely independent, leading many people to believe that they are difficult to train. However, with this independence comes great instinct and adaptability, making Corgis very trainable and a good choice if you are a first-time dog owner. In fact, “Corgis came in at number 11 on the list of smartest dogs,” notes Jackson.
According to Christian Kjær, CEO and co-founder of ElleVet Sciences, corgis are eager to please and “respond well to positive reward-based training.” Make sure you have treats on hand and show them affection after they complete a task.
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Dog grooming can be time consuming and expensive, but corgis are considered low maintenance in this category. Although they do shed a decent amount, the AKC advises that a quick daily brushing will keep things in check. (However, in spring and summer, during shedding season, you may need to vacuum a bit more than normal.)
“They also have short coats, so they don’t require a lot of grooming,” he notes. Deepanshu Bedi, director of marketing for CBD dog treat company Holistapet. And if slime isn’t your thing, Corgis have the lowest “slime level” range according to the AKC.
The AKC gives Corgis the highest possible rating in the “protective nature” category. “They are vigilant watchdogs, with keen senses and a ‘big dog’ bark,” they say. Although small, this type of dog has “the confidence of a larger breed,” notes Henry. “Corgis are very alert dogs and their reaction to a noise or an unknown person [is] often barking.”
Once you fall in love with your new pet, take comfort in the fact that “corgis tend to live quite long lives, with an average lifespan of 11 to 15 years,” says Jackson. They will be a loving member of the family for years to come.