There are two types of Welsh Corgis, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The differences between the two are that Cardigans have long tails and are a larger older breed and are not as common. The Pembroke Welsh Corgis are smaller, have no tails and are more common. Pembroke Corgis are more popular with breeders and owners.
Corgis are the smallest breed of the herding dog group and are extremely smart, amicable, and loving. They are so smart, in fact, that they make fine competitors, excelling at obedience training, herding, and many other skill-based contests. Like many other breeds that rank high in intelligence, they can sometimes have a mind of their own and often are not keen on having a leader, other than themselves.
Obviously, both breeds of Corgi originated in Wales and were well-respected and highly regarded working dogs. These dogs are long, low, and sturdily built. Due to their length your pet Corgi will need to be handled in a way that will not compromise their spinal cords.
They range from approximately 25-38 pounds, according to their gender. Their coat is medium length and comes in brindle, red, sable, blue merle, and black. With a sprinkling of white on various parts of the body, the Corgi is a handsome and powerful dog, and are a favorite of the British Royal Family.
Pet Welsh Corgis are great with people, especially good with children, and make good guard dogs. They get along well with family pets, but will probably want to chase away strange dogs or cats, as keeping strangers away from their masters’ land was one of the jobs they were trained for. Like other breeds in the herding category, Corgis are intelligent and easy to train, as long as the owner has a strong will and plenty of confidence. Herding dogs are used to being boss and making their own decisions and you will have to be patient as well as firm in training them,
As far as temperaments the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is usually more friendly and outgoing while the Cardigans tend to be a bit more stand-offish, especially with strangers and other pets. Outside, a pet Corgi will be playful and very active as well as attentive to their families.When inside, they rest, are quiet and well-mannered. Welsh Corgis like most dogs will be polite and obedient if the owner gives the proper training, affection, attention, and proper exercise.
Your pet Corgi with their solid bodies and short legs are like some other breeds that can have a problem with weight gain. You must keep them at the proper weight in order to maintain first-rate health. The best diet for your pet would be natural dog food with no harmful additives or fillers. Do research, talk to your vet and breeder before deciding on the food you will feed them.
If you have the time and energy it would be a good idea to make your pet Corgi’s food at home. Good natural food is available but the price may be more than you can afford. By preparing the food at home you will know the exact ingredients that go in it and what the quality is. Normally you will find this is less expensive than buying ready made food. For added convenience and saving money prepare large amounts and freeze individual meal size portions.
If you want to have variety in your pet Corgis meals, you can find hundreds of dog food recipes. In making your own or buying your pet’s food make sure it only contains nutritious natural ingredients with no harmful grains or artificial fillers. If your pet has a problem with bloating you can prevent it by feeding 2 small meals a day, rather than 1 large one..
Welsh Corgis rank very high in every area of personality and temperament. They are obedient, affectionate, energetic, intelligent, playful, and friendly. Due to their herding traits they are good with children. They will play with them while keeping an eye on them at the same time. If your family is active you’ll find your pet Welsh Corgi will play with you until they drop. All in all they will be the ideal pet for every family no matter the families living quarters or activity level. Any family would be fortunate indeed to have a Welsh Corgi as their pet.
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