Corgis are very cute, with sweet, endearing faces. They are
happy, friendly dogs. They are small and therefore convenient
to live with and take places. They are very intelligent and
can excel in a variety of areas: obedience, tracking, agility,
therapy, herding, and just being a family pet. However, Corgis
are not always the right dog for every family.
Corgis are very social dogs. They enjoy spending time with their
humans; they are not happy tossed in the backyard or the
barn all day without a lot of human interaction. They do
not do well if left alone for long periods of time. In the
house, some insist on following you everywhere, even the
They are smart. Without some obedience training, they will assume
their family is the “herd” to be bossed around.
They also can be very sensitive and require a firm, but gentle,
training regimen. Even if you don’t have any intentions
of competing in obedience, you will be need to take your
Corgi to several sessions of obedience.
Corgis can be rather aggressive when it comes to guarding their
food and toys. Dogs of other breeds and cats will need to
tolerate being herded and bossed around.
They are double-coated for insulation against cold and against
the sun; therefore, they shed all year, and shed profusely
twice a year.
Their herding instincts lead to some traits that don't fit in
with all families. Corgis assume they are to guard the property--they
bark. They also tend to follow their humans closely and will
want to be a sometimes not-so-welcome participant in children’s
games involving running.
IF you are willing to spend a lot of time training your dog,
and IF you are willing to spend much of your time in your
dog’s company, a Corgi might be the right dog for you.
BE SURE to go to a reputable breeder or rescue organization
for your Corgi, so you can get the Corgi that matches your
personality and lifestyle. The person from whom you get your
Corgi should have your best interests and the Corgi’s
best interests at heart, not their bank account.