I have chosen this particular breed of dog to research and write about because I believe it is not among the top choices of dogs that we consider as a pet for the family, and yet is an amazing little dog in its own right and hence deserves some light shone on it. But before I dive in, I would like to share with you a link that you can follow to see a bit about us and who we are.
So straight off, the Corgi is a Welsh Corgi, and many people myself included use the term Corgi, and there are two separate breeds of Corgi which weren’t recognised as different breeds until the nineteen-thirties, the Cardigan Welsh corgi and the Pembroke Welsh corgi. According to one theory, the Pembroke came to our shores amongst an influx of dogs with the Flemish weavers sometime in the tenth century. In contrast, the Cardigan came to us with the Norse settlers and had a common ancestor the Swedish Vallhund. Apparently, according to other researchers, there was a certain amount of interbreeding between the two types, which has resulted in the two unusual breeds we have today.
I was shocked to find out that the Cardigan is listed as a vulnerable breed on the kennel clubs vulnerable native breeds, while the Pembroke is the most popular! There are a few physical differences between the two strains, such as the Cardigan being more prominent and more substantial, And they both have similar lifespans of 12 to 15 years. The Pembroke owes much of its popularity due to our queen Elizabeth 2nd owning them throughout her reign.
Corgis are another breed of dog that was used for herding cattle back in the day and were considered as heelers, as they would nip at the heels of whatever they were herding to keep them going and because the dogs are low in height they could avoid kicking cattle.
The word Corgi in welsh means dwarf dog, and that is a good description as they usually stand between ten and twelve inches, and weigh in the region of twenty-three to twenty-eight pounds. They are very good with children, are incredibly loyal, and usually always eager to please, they are also extremely smart and will need mental stimulation so that they don’t get bored,
Corgis are considered to be the eleventh most intelligent dog breed. They can learn commands between 5-10 repetitions which is impressive and quite amazing. Corgis are not a hypoallergenic breed as they have a double coat which sheds a lot, so this is not a breed to consider owning if you have allergies. I have included links here below:
So, are you thinking of buying a puppy for you and your family, or are you considering rehoming one from a rescue centre? here is a useful link for a rescue/rehoming centre.https://www.battersea.org.uk/
And If your thoughts lean more to buying a puppy, then you will find a pet classified advertising website useful such as https://www.pets4uk.co.uk
Whichever you choose we have lots of beneficial information right here to help you with your decision and search.
Searching for your puppy.
Bringing a dog home into your family is an exciting and important time for all the family. It requires a serious commitment from you all, as this bundle of fur is going to rely on you for almost everything in its life for ten or fifteen years and perhaps even longer, so are you ready? In return you will have unconditional love, every time you enter your home, you will be met with a wagging tail and a wet nose. In the evening he will love to snuggle up to you while you watch the tv and over time become a true member of your family.
It’s amazing how dogs enrich our lives and the lives of our family, and over recent years there has been much mention in the media of the (don’t-shop-but adopt) slogan as well as suggestions that going to a pet rescue centre is the only way! But this is not true, and while I have been researching this subject, I came across an article that is contributed to a former president of one of Americas most prominent pet organisations, and a former critic of the breeding and selling of dogs stating that he now supports responsible breeders as long as they are adhering to the rules and regulations.
This is a statement in a newspaper from a person that spent 41 years of his life working for the welfare of animals and authorised raids against puppy mills, and it’s amazing that he hadn’t visited a properly licensed and run breeder, but once he did his views changed, here is the link for the article.https://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/sfl-end-puppy-mills-the-right-way-20160405-story.html
While I agree with considering giving a rescue dog a home, I believe that it is not a one size fits all when adding a pet to your family. There are many dedicated and responsible breeders in the Uk today, and this is true of all pets whether they are Cats, Dogs, Horses etc. Many of these breeders have dedicated many years to their particular pet type and breed and maintain extremely high standards. Still, typically you won’t see reports in newspapers praising these hardworking and caring individuals, not when their newspaper sales and hence wages rely on sensationalism and scandal, “time to get off my soapbox and move on now”.
Finding a responsible breeder.
Some of these helpful recommendations are from the UK’S RSPCA organisation and are a guide to assist you in your search for a responsible breeder.
- A responsible breeder will have no qualms chatting to you on the phone answering your questions and arranging a time for you to view their puppies alongside their mum and siblings.
- They also won’t mind you visiting more than once while you are deciding if indeed a puppy is what you want and if this is the breeder for you.
- And the breeder should be asking just as many questions of you as you are of them, because surely if you were the breeder wouldn’t you want your puppies to go to the best of homes?
- If the breeder is adhering to the animal welfare regulations and they are breeding and selling pets as a business, then they shouldn’t object to showing their local authority license if you ask.
- Also just as necessary, is the relevant paperwork/certificates for microchipping, and vaccinations — health tests if relevant as well as worming and flea treatments.
Spotting a dodgy dealer.
It is amazing to think with the rules and regulations that we have in the Uk now in 2020 that an end to dodgy dealers is now here, but unfortunately, this isn’t the case, here are a few signs to watch out for.
- They will be more interested in taking your cash at the earliest opportunity, do not rush into things, remember the saying ( act in haste-repent at leisure )
- The mum is not available to view with her puppies for all sorts of reasons! ” don’t fall for that one either, it points to the fact that the puppy wasn’t bred there.” ( you must always see the mother with the puppies).
- They offer a puppy delivery service, or even offer to meet you somewhere other than at their home for all sorts of reasons such as in a car park for instance. ” don’t do it” think of your safety as well as where the puppy really came from.
This list could go on and on and really if your gut instincts are also telling you something is wrong, or you’re uneasy about something stop right there!
Bringing home a new puppy.
It’s important to remember that whether adding a puppy to your family or rehoming a dog from a rescue centre that everything is new, strange, and different for them. Ensure that everything at home is relaxed and calm to allow your pooch to get used to its new surroundings sights and smells with the minimum anxiety.
Usually, this is such an exciting time for everyone in the family and dog names generally come thick and fast from all concerned, so once a name is settled on then use it with the puppy at every opportunity. Before you know it, he or she will be responding to their name. Name choosing was the easy part! Now comes the training. You might want to join a local puppy or dog training group as this will not only be socially beneficial to you but will also help in your puppies socialisation part of the training.
All dogs need a regular daily routine, and it helps them find their place and fit in with the family because now they are also your family. Gently walk your new puppy around your home and let them get acquainted where everything is, show them where their food and water dishes are as well as their bed and try not to overpower the pup with everything in one go, this is their first day, and you want it to be a good one.
Your puppy will have no idea when they are meant to sleep or what time to wake up in your home, and this will usually take a week to instil. Obedience is the building block of all other training procedures, and the puppy should look to you as the leader of the pack.
Corgis are rapid learners and excel at obedience training when a firm but the friendly approach is adopted if you’re using treats as part of your puppy training then use non-fat treats, find something the puppy enjoys eating such as a slice or cube of carrot which would be much better for it than say a biscuit, as you certainly don’t want to end up with a dog that’s obese and Corgis do tend to gain weight quickly.
You will need to lead train early on in the puppies training this can be easy with some puppies some taking to it like a duck to water, and some are more difficult and require more time and patience, attach a lead to the collar while in the house and let them walk about while you observe, making sure that the lead doesn’t snag up anywhere as the puppy is getting used to it,
Once you are sure that all well then hold the lead and gently lead at a slow pace where you want the puppy to go if resistance is met stop for a moment and offer some encouraging words, remember the saying ( slowly slowly catchy monkey ) it’s amazing how quickly a puppy will pick things up, and I feel sure progress will be made. Your puppy should have a dog crate to sleep in and have as a den,
This is where they can retire to when they want to rest, and the crate is also a great aid when you need to transport the puppy or dog in the car. You don’t want to use the cage as a punishment its not meant to be a jail, and you certainly don’t want the puppy to link any mistakes it makes with going to jail, but more like its time to go to bed. The crate needs to be comfortable and has a couple of the puppy’s favourite toys in there, with good airflow and plenty of natural light available.
A well-balanced diet is essential for your dog’s health and growth, and control of the portions is vital. Especially as this breed tends to overfeed. The regular pet food that is available in most of our pet stores is perfectly fine provided that you read the label containing ingredients to make sure it meets all the requirements for this particular breed. So provided that your dog isn’t on any specific medication from your vet for whatever reason your dog should be able to get all its dietary requirements from a high-quality commercial dog food either wet or dry.
Also, keep in mind that as your dog grows and gets older, the dietary needs will change so the food will need to change as well, a puppies needs are vastly different to senior dogs. Your local veterinarian will only be too pleased to advise you on nutrition and care for your pet so never be afraid to ask.
You wouldn’t think that looking at a corgi it would be much interested in exercise, but like most dogs they love it. Obviously, these guys aren’t built for running long distances, but long walks are something else hiding their favourite toy so that they can hunt for it gives them more to think about at the same time and is often amazing to watch. As they love to be herding, tracking and agility.
Corgis have a double coat that is thick and weatherproof a course topcoat with a light soft coat underneath, as mentioned earlier they are not hypoallergenic. Still, they are easy to maintain with vigorous weekly brushing and the occasional bath. Nails will need regular trimming and ears need to be cleaned as well.
This is very important for your welsh Corgi, for the first few months your Corgi will not have complete control over when they wee, and you need to have lots of patience, and this is normal with puppies of all breeds, not just the Corgi, it would be amazing if they did. From about four months then its a different matter and it should start getting much easier for you all. You need to have a feeding routine as this will go hand in hand with also their toilet training as to where and when it happens.
Feed your Corgi at the same time each day, and a short while after their feed let them out to the garden or yard where they will do their toilet, once done give some words of encouragement and a small treat, doing this day in and day out reinforces the behaviour, and the results will be amazing. The toilet area needs to be out of sight of peoples view and should be cleaned and sterilised at the earliest opportunity to avoid smells.
Other types of training will take place as the puppy gets older and these will include socialising with us humans and of course other animals. We also have more interesting and amazing blogs which you may like to read listed below.