Corgis
What are Corgis?
Corgis are an amazing breed of dog! They are especially known for their extremely stubby and stout legs, intelligence, and longevity. Corgis are especially social towards children, but can get on along with other animals like dogs or cats. Corgis are still hostile towards wild animals like squirrels or the occasional ground hog, but some corgis are not friendly towards unfamiliar dogs. These are energetic little dogs so a good stroll around the park every day is advised in order to have a calm and relaxed dog. They tend to gain fat easily which can lead to back problems. Corgis are believed to have been known as a species from as far back as 1200 B.C.! There are two types of corgis: Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

Cardigan Welsh
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Corgis

The key difference between Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Pembroke Welsh Corgis is an important one: the tail. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi's tail is long hard at the end of it. Corgis (especially the Cardigan) are used as herding dogs in Ireland and Great Britain. In fact, Cardigans sometimes try to 'herd' small children or adults, but this is discouraged because it is a social disorder. This specific breed has rounded, erect ears. Cardigans also have a long, sleek body compared to the Pembroke breed. Cardigans are larger than the Pembroke Corgis and have two coats. One, is a rough, medium length coat which is harsh and protects from the rain and snow. The second coat, is a soft, short undercoat which is used to maintain body temperature. This coat is important because in Whales and Ireland the weather is extremely rough. It can rain heavily for days and is usually very windy, wind can be up to 80 miles per hour in places all over Wales and other parts of the United Kingdom!




Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Pembroke Welsh Corgis
The Pembroke are the more popular breed among corgis, even though the Cardigans are equally good house pets. Pembroke Corgis have a bob tail which is commonly removed, due to trend and fashion. Sometimes, their is not even a bob tail present on a new born pup. The Pembroke corgi is a stout dog, with pointed ears and unique color patterns. Most Pembroke corgis have two colors, but some can have three different colors (these dogs are known as 'tricolors'). Some Corgis can also have fluffy hair and curly coats. This is more common in Pembroke Corgis than Cardigans, and is sometimes attributed to the Pembroke only, even though some Cardigan also have the tricolor pattern. The Pembroke are the show dog of the breed and, surprisingly, compete and do well in agility contests. They tend to get more obese than Cardigans and develop mild to serious health problems due to this. Corgis are also prone to get dewclaw, a disease that will be explained if you click on this link: Diseases and Disorders. The dog in the picture to the right is a tricolor. The colors shown are red (which is the official name for the light brown/gold color), black, and white. Notice that this Pembroke does not have a tail. It was most likely surgically removed by a veterinarian, yet many owners leave it as long as two inches.



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History and Myths
Corgi Expert
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