The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, known as the Corgi and the dog with the thick booty, is the queen of England’s favorite breed of dog. They are the 13th most popular dog breed and very spunky balls of fur. They can weigh up to 30 pounds and live 13 years on average. Originally used for herding, this breed is fearless, smart, and eager to get trained. As their full breed name may suggest, they originate in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Surprisingly, of all the domestic dog breeds, the Corgi is one of the closest related to the wolf. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi, a slightly similar breed differs from the Pembroke Corgi in that it has a tail.
The Corgi is very short and long, so their bodies are more exposed to dirt than most dog breeds. They don’t need to be bathed frequently, just when they get dirty when playing outside. They are considered heavy shedders and should be brushed several times a week to prevent knotting and clumps. This breed has a double coat, so in the spring they shed excessively. When they are getting rid of their winter coat, they should be brushed daily. It is recommended to include fish oil and omega 3 oil in their diet to encourage a soft shiny coat.
This “dwarf” breed has disproportionate legs to their head and body and with this comes several health risks. As is frequent with many domestic dog breeds, they can fall victim to hip dysplasia. They also occasionally get PRA which I touched on in my previous post. Von Willebrand Disease is a blood issue that can affect both dogs and people. Corgis also are prone to degenerative myelopathy which is a spinal cord condition where the nerves and supportive tissue of the spinal cord deteriorate. “The disease can’t be cured, but can be managed with treatments like transfusions, minor surgeries, cauterizing and suturing injuries, and avoiding some specific medications that further thin the blood.” Lastly, this breed is very food motivated and needs a monitored diet else they become obese.
This is a very smart dog breed. With food as a motivation, they are very eager to learn and please. In addition to picking up on the basics of being house trained and knowing basic commands like sit, this breed gradually learns words and associates meaning to hearing them. They love getting scratches and you can expect a handful of fur after giving them a long scratch. While this breed is small in stature, they have a big personality and don’t want to be your lap dog. They want to be independent and play, especially in colder weather. And most importantly, they have the cutest butts of all dog breeds,so watch out Kim Kardashian.