Corgi

katy towle 26 July 2021

Corgis are renowned for being one of the favourite breeds of the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II. This has ensured they’ve remained popular for almost the last 100 years. It is believed that her first Corgi was a gift from her father and was called Dookie.

Breed History

There are two types of Welsh Corgi; The Pembroke and Cardigan. Both have roots in Wales and were developed to help hunt household or farmland vermin, and may have even been utilised to help drive cattle to market.

General Appearance

Out of the two types of Welsh Corgis, The Cardigan is larger of the breeds weighing in between 11kg - 17kg, whereas the slightly smaller Pembroke Corgi can reach weights of up to 14kg.  Each type has different coat colours and The Cardigan is known to have more of a fox-like tail . These dogs have large, erect ears, short legs and long backs. 

Temperament

Corgi’s can make wonderful family pets or companion dogs. Just like us humans, their personalities can vary greatly and owners report that they are happy, intelligent, fun-loving, playful and occasionally stubborn dogs.

Health Considerations

Unfortunately, their long backs mean they’re more likely to develop an orthopaedic condition known as Intervertebral Disc Disease. They are more likely to develop this condition if they have relatives who have had it, they are obese or they are over-exercised. Prevent joint disease by feeding a diet such as Pooch & Mutt Joint Care which contains joint protective ingredients such as Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Glucosamine to prevent cartilage breakdown and keep joints lubricated. You could also try adding a Joint Supplement, like Pooch & Mutt Daily Joint Care to their daily diet.

Trainability

This intelligent breed is quick to learn and enjoys being given tasks to complete. They come from working stock and respond well to positive reinforcement training. Start training from an early age and continue it for the duration of their life.

Grooming

Corgi fur does not need to be cut regularly. The natural length allows them to feel comfortable in both the summer and winter months. You should aim to bathe your Corgi roughly once a month, if you need to bathe your corgi more often, opt for a gentle shampoo to avoid causing skin irritation.

Exercise

Despite their little legs, Corgi’s are an energetic breed with more stamina than you may expect, largely thanks to their hunting background. Aim for 1 hour of physical exercise each day, combining a couple of short walks with some off-lead time in a secure space or some physical and mental agility games. 

Feeding Considerations

Consider feeding your Corgi a Joint supportive diet or adding a glucosamine rich supplement to their meals for preventative care. Pooch & Mutt offer a number of products that are beneficial for our dogs' joints

You'll find a handy feeding calculator on every product page here at Pooch & Mutt to help you identify how much of our health led recipes are right for the age, size and weight of your dog.

 

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