Lovely pictures courtesy of Consuela Conley, DVM, Sandia Animal Clinic.
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Corgis are short-legged loaves of love and fun. Though they’re low to the ground, they have giant personalities. They’re spry, super-smart, and loving animals. They’re also this month’s spotlight pet.
- Corgis come in two gorgeous flavors: the Pembroke Welsh and the Cardigan Welsh.
- The Pembroke, also called a Pem, is shorter in body than the Cardigan.
- Cardigans sport tails, whereas Pembrokes don’t. Docking (ouch!) used to be the preferred method of relieving Pembrokes of their tails. After some countries began docking bans, breeders got creative in making naturally tailless corgis.
- The America Kennel Club puts corgis in the herding group (called pastoral by the British Kennel Club). Also in this group are collies, sheepdogs, and shepherds.
- Both varieties of corgis were originally brought from other parts of Europe to Wales, where they were named, bred, and put to work.
- For the past several years, Corgis have held an unfortunate place on the vulnerable native breeds list of the British Kennel Club, meaning less than 300 per year are registered in the UK. While the Cardigan is still on the vulnerable list (124 registered in 2015), the Pembroke has moved over to the watch list (366 registered in 2015). Yay!
- Although the vulnerable state of the corgis has driven people to panic about the future of the breed, their popularity in the United States is rising. The AKC lists Pembroke Welsh Corgis as the 21st most popular breed and the Cardigan Welsh as the 79th most popular out of 190 breeds.
- Corgis have average energy. While they love a to play and run around, they’re not crazy wild.
- Corgis are a pretty darn healthy breed of dog. They generally live 12 years or more. However, some can be prone to hip and eye problems.
- Sometimes, distinguishing a loaf of bread from a well-formed corgi butt proves a difficult task (seriously, look up corgi butts).
- Corgis are smart. They’re pretty high up on the intelligent breeds list. Dr. Stanley Coren, author of The Intelligence of Dogs, puts Pems in the 11th spot and Cardis in the 26th. Not dummies; check.
- Corgi is a Celtic word that means dwarf dog.
- Cardigans are over 3,000 years old. Pembrokes have been around since 1107 A.D. Daaaang!
- Cardigans are named after Cardiganshire, Wales and Pembrokes are named after Pembrokeshire, Wales (of course).
- Corgis have an easy and outgoing temperament. They tend to get along famously with children and other dogs.
- Grooming corgis is easy as pie. Actually, it’s easier because making pie is not easy. The coat length and texture, plus body size make brushing, trimming, and bathing not so bad a task.
- Corgis come with a double coat. This means the extra layer that keeps them warm in winter comes off during hot months in order to keep them cool.
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