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Breed of the week

Dog Breed of the Week: Corgi

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These mischievous fluff balls are a famous favourite of the Queen’s, but what they’re lacking in height they make up for in love! Corgis have taken the canine world by storm in the last few years thanks to the hundreds of social media accounts devoted to them – and it’s easy to see why! Here’s everything you need to know about the corgi!

Temperament

Corgis were originally bred as herding dogs, so they are pretty intelligent and eager to learn. They are still used by some farmers to herd livestock, although these days you’re more likely to see a corgi’s cleverness put to use in agility trials and other dog training competitions. Corgis make great family pets, and will try to grab the attention of everyone they meet, although puppies might have a tendency to nip at peoples’ ankles thanks to their herding instinct.

Health

Corgis are bred to chase around livestock all day, and they have the appetites to match! Obesity is becoming a real problem among these stout pooches, so it is important for owners not to overfeed them, and to give them enough exercise. Corgis’ short legs and long backs mean that corgis are more susceptible to back injuries than most other breeds, so they shouldn’t be encouraged to jump off sofas and armchairs.

Did you know…
  • There are two types of recognised corgi – the Pembroke Welsh corgi and the Cardigan Welsh corgi. Both are fairly similar apart from the Cardigan’s dappled coat, long tail and slightly shorter legs.
  • The name “corgi” in Welsh literally means “dwarf-dog”.
  • Corgis are categorised as northern spitz-type dogs, which means that they are closely related to the Pomeranian and Siberian Husky.
  • In a study of over 100 dog breeds, corgis were found to be the 11th most intelligent! On average they can learn a new command within 5-10 repetitions, and they are able to obey the command on the first time 85% of the time.
  • Queen Elizabeth is a famous fan of these short-legged pooches, and she currently has four corgis, named Emma, Linnet, Willow and Holly. And there’s no doubt in the fact that she loves her dogs – since her coronation, the Queen has had over thrity royal corgis!

Featured image via Geordie La Corgi.

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Philippa & Daisy

Philippa & Daisy

Daisy is a 10-year-old, slightly rotund tabby from London, who enjoys sleeping, eating, and generally any activity that involves moving as little as possible. Her human/favourite lap to sit on, Philippa, is PawPost's content marketing manager.

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