Have you found yourself browsing the internet for Welsh Corgi puppies for sale? Maybe it’s time to learn a little bit about the breed so that you can buy with confidence.
The Corgis have been popular with UK dog owners for over 70 years, and you can find out about the characteristics of the breed and the training techniques needed to discipline a young Corgi puppy in the guide below.
The Welsh Corgi is possibly the smallest of dogs in the herding dog category - they originate from the far south-west area of Wales, particularly. There are two variations of Welsh Corgi that are recognised, affiliated breeds – the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. These are breeds with very marginal differences both in appearance and temperament, but they could be a huge influence on your decision, depending on the type of pet you’re after. You’ll be able to learn about the contrasts when we talk about temperament later on.
You may be surprised to learn that corgis have been an integral part of the working dog community for many years. Corgi puppies are actually renowned for their excellent health and fitness, and many can live late into their teens. The herding duties of the corgi date back as far as the early 10th century, where writings and illustrations of corgi descendants show them working on farmland, controlling animals as big as horses. Although they were originally bred for herding purposes, Corgis are now primarily used as family and companion pets and are renowned for being a safe choice for owners with small children.
The Corgis also have Royal approval and are Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite breed of dog – in fact, she’s thought to always have at least four Corgis by her side at any one time, ever since she took to the throne. If there’s one reason why you should get a corgi of your own, it’s so that you can walk down the road in a regal manner, just as the Queen does! Usually, Elizabeth goes for the more common Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Here’s where you can find out the differences between the Cardigan and the Pembroke. The Cardigan Corgi is thought to be one of the oldest dog breeds in Britain, and it can be distinguished by the presence of a tail. Historically, a Pembroke corgi will have its tail docked at a very young age, or due to adaptation through the years, will just be born with a naturally short tail. This is a tradition that has happened for years and is the main way you’ll be able to tell the two breeds apart.
The other main difference between the appearance of the breeds are the feet. This won’t be too obvious to an average person, but the shapes are different (Pembroke’s have oval, inward-facing feet, Cardigans circular and outward facing) which give them a slightly different look.
A Corgi puppy is double-coated as it needs to keep warm when working in cold weather on the farm. They have very tough, sturdy bodies. There usually won’t be much difference in coat between the two breeds, in fact, their markings and hair style can be completely interchangeable. They actually shed a considerable amount of hair on a daily basis, but to its short and light nature, it won’t be too much of an issue around the house.
Pembroke Corgi puppies are slightly smaller in size and were introduced to Wales by Flemish weavers as far back as the tenth century. This breed has alert, pointy ears and Corgi dogs are low-set, practical, lively animals. Their facial features are often likened to those of the fox, especially the sharply pointed ears and elegant mouth, which make it an extremely attractive breed.
Corgi puppies can vary in temperament – so a training regime will be all important in the early stages, and obedience training needs to be consistent and firm. Some dogs will be naturally playful and some will be less outgoing; there’s no standard behavioural trait for these intriguing little dogs. Corgi puppies are fairly clean dogs, and house training should be a fairly hassle-free process.
It has been noted that the Pembroke Corgi is often a friendlier, more loving option than the Cardigan, which people say makes them a better option if you’re looking for ‘man’s best friend’. However, they are far less alert and not as intelligent, so if you’re looking for a dog that understands you, keeps watch over you and is aware of danger, the Cardigan is far better.
Not only that, but the Cardigan has historically experienced far less complication when it comes to health issues. Like many dogs, hip dysplasia is a threat, but also myelopathy is a possibility with corgis.
Overall, the corgi is a very healthy, very friendly and very attractive dog. You’re likely to have many years of fun and affection with this resilient and durable animal.
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