Corgi – Characteristics Temperament Health And Training


The Corgi is a small but sturdy dog breed. Corgis are intelligent, friendly, outgoing, and energetic dogs. Corgis are extremely active. Corgis get along well with children and other pets provided they are introduced to them when Corgis are young. Corgis need socialization training at an early age or else they can develop timid behavior around strangers.

Characteristics & Temperament

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Corgi’s body is slightly longer than it is tall. The head of the Corgi is wedge-shaped with medium-sized ears that generally stand erect on the Corgi’s head but may flop forward over the Corgi’s eyes if not properly cropped (which should be done). The tail of the Corgi is bushy and held low while moving or standing still; it can curl up on the Corgi’s back when Corgi is excited or running. Corgis have long necks with wide chests and sturdy legs with small paws. Corgis are naturally well-muscled dogs, but they should not look bulky. Corgis can come in red, sable, fawn, black & tan, tricolor (red&tan), and blue merle colorings. Corgi coats generally require little to no grooming; however, Corgi sheds abundantly twice a year (like most dog breeds).

Corgis stand 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) high at the withers and weigh around 25 to 38 pounds (11 to 17 kg); however, females tend to be smaller than males. Corgis have a lifespan of 10 to 13 years.

Health

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Corgis are generally healthy dogs with few major problems; Corgi’s health is similar to other breeds, and Corgi’s diseases vary from common (canine hepatitis) to extremely rare (Cori’s disease). Corgis can be afflicted by hip dysplasia, which is a condition where the Corgi’s hip joint does not fit properly into its socket in the pelvic bone, resulting in a painful limp or lameness in one or both rear legs. Corgis can also suffer from epilepsy – frequent seizures caused by abnormal electrical activity in the Corgi brain. Corgis can acquire certain eye diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, and PRA (primary retinal atrophy). Corgis may also develop skin problems such as atopic dermatitis (eczema), which is a chronic, itchy skin condition.

Training

Corgis are intelligent dogs that respond best to positive reinforcement training methods. Corgis should be trained at an early age, preferably when they are still puppies. Corgi puppies can be house-trained relatively easily if started young; however, Corgi puppies must be taken out frequently because they have small bladders and will soil their crates or bedding if not given the opportunity to relieve themselves often enough. Corgi puppies should also be obedience trained while young so that the Corgi will grow into a well-behaved Corgi as an adult. Corgis should be socialized at an early age so that Corgis will get used to other dogs and people and so Corgi puppies won’t become introverted or timid later in life.

Corgis are active little dogs who need to be trained early and socialized often. Corgi’s temperament is similar to other breeds, with a few exceptions: Corgis can develop timid behavior around strangers if they’re not introduced to them when Corgi puppies are young, and Corgi’s skin may suffer from atopic dermatitis (eczema), which is a chronic, itchy skin condition that must be treated regularly. If you have any questions about Corgis or would like help training your Corgi puppy, don’t hesitate to contact us! We’ll make sure you get the information you need as well as expert advice on how best to train your pup for success now and in the future.

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