Corgis are one of the unique dog breeds out there. Their stubby little legs and fox-like appearance make them stand out from almost every other breed. Corgi owners will tell you these dogs are sweet, loyal, and a perfect companion for any family. But as with any pet ownership, there are some things to consider before bringing a Corgi home.
Are you ready to adopt one? If so, here are four things you should know about before getting a Corgi.
1. Corgis Are Incredibly Smart
One of the first things you’ll notice about Corgi is how brilliant they are. They have been known to be able to learn new words and tricks in a small amount of time.
Corgis are super eager to please and crave attention, which makes them easy to train. They are brilliant dogs bred for working livestock.
It would help if you kept your Corgi mentally stimulated by playing games, going for walks, and training to keep them from getting bored. These pups can be destructive and even exhibit anxious or hyperactive symptoms when bored.
2. Corgis Bark a Lot
Corgis have been known to be very vocal dogs. While they are not known to be “yappers,” these pups do tend to bark often. They have a very distinctive bark, which is high-pitched and can be described as “yelpy.”
Corgis make excellent watchdogs, but if you do not want a dog that barks often, this might not be the breed for you! When Corgis bark, they alert their family to a nearby sound that might cause concern, like a knock on the door or someone walking by the house. They are not barking as a form of attention-seeking or to be disruptive. Corgis are small dogs with big bark sounds!
3. Corgis Shed
Corgis are a herding dog breed, which means they were bred to have lots of thick, soft, double fur. Like other double-coated breeds, Corgis shed their dense undercoat twice a year. Even Corgi breeders can attest to how much fur Corgis can have.
Nevertheless, Corgis tend to shed their fur in clumps and can get it all over your home, furniture, and even on your food. Make sure you have a good vacuum and lint roller around to keep up with all the extra fur.
If you are not a fan of dog hair, Corgis are probably not your breed. They do shed, but it’s not as bad as some breeds.
4. Corgis Are Indoor Dogs
Corgis are very sensitive to extreme temperatures and are not recommended for outdoor living. This breed is best suited for indoor living with a comfy bed. They thrive in a friendly, indoor environment and might get sick if you take them out in the cold.
If you decide to keep your Corgi outdoors, ensure they are kept warm with a dog house and blankets. Also, remember that they are prey animals and may become startled easily by sudden noises like lawnmowers, weed whackers, or children playing outside.
Corgis do not have an incredible prey drive and usually stay away from other animals. But they may not defend themselves if attacked by a larger animal like a dog or an animal that is not as scared.
Corgis are brilliant dogs who are low-maintenance and happy indoors, making them a great choice for people who live in apartments. Nevertheless, Corgis are a unique breed of dog and are sure to be a great addition to any family.