If you own, or are thinking about owning, a Welsh corgi, you need to know these corgi dog-care facts. Plus, get tips on Welsh corgi care and grooming. We're also sharing our cutest corgi-inspired gifts.
Temperament: Famed for being the preferred breed of Queen Elizabeth II, the Welsh corgi is more than just a dog for royals! The corgi has a smart and alert personality. They are also bold but kind and affectionate.
Training: Corgis respond well to training. Basic obedience training, especially during the first year of your corgi's life, is strongly encouraged. Training ensures your corgi will be a well-behaved companion that is bonded to you and your family for the rest of the dog's life. During your dog training, remember that corgis like being active and having jobs to do. In fact, corgis excel at obedience, herding, tracking, and agility and are still used as working cattle dogs on many farms. Because corgis are herding dogs, they have a tendency to bark more than other breeds, as barking is an effective way to round up and monitor animals. Proper training and socialization can help control excessive barking.
Care and grooming: Corgis are strong, athletic dogs. Known for their ability to herd animals, they thrive on farms but can live in other environments if given regular exercise. Corgis have a thick, weather-proof coat that is medium in length. A corgi's coat can be red, sable, fawn, black, and tan, with or without a mix of white markings on its legs, chest, neck, and head. Its coat requires regular weekly grooming with a brush to help control shedding. A corgi's ears can become infected, so be sure to regularly check your corgi's ears and remove any wax or debris buildup. Corgis also have strong, fast-growing nails that require regular trimming or grinding to prevent overgrowth, splitting, and cracking. Teeth should be regularly brushed with a dog-specific toothpaste.
Health: Corgis are generally a healthy breed with a life span of 13 to 15 years. Like all purebreds, however, there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. These issues can be minimized by working with a responsible breeder who knows the specific health concerns and diseases within the breed.
Food: Good nutrition, including proper food, is very important throughout a corgi's life. A male corgi should not weigh more than 30 pounds, and a female corgi should not weigh more than 28 pounds. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas, depending on the size of your dog. The corgi is a small breed dog, so consider working with your veterinarian to determine the best diet to make sure your pet remains healthy.
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