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Corgis Health Problems, Lifespan, Temperament & Maintenance

| Published on November 10, 2017

Average Size of Female: 24.25 pound (11 kg) (Female, Show condition) · 22.05 pound (10 kg) – 28.66 pound (13 kg) (Female, Peak athletic condition)
Height: 9.84 inch (25 cm) – 11.81 inch (30 cm)
Major concerns: monorchidism, Von Willebrand’s disease, hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy (DM), and inherited eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy
Minor concerns: Obesity
Average Size of Male: 33.07 pound (15 kg) (Male, Show condition) · 24.25 pound (11 kg) – 30.86 pound (14 kg) (Male, Peak athletic condition)
Life span: 12 years – 15 years on average

Brief History on Corgi Origin

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi lineage has been traced back as far as 1107 AD. It is said that the Vikings and Flemish weavers brought the dogs with them as they traveled to reside in Wales. As far back as the 10th century, this breed was known to herd sheep, geese, ducks, horses, and cattle. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are becoming much more popular in the United States and rank 20th in American Kennel Club registrations, as of 2015. However, Corgis are now listed as a “vulnerable” breed in the United Kingdom; the decline has been said to be due to a 2007 ban on tail-docking in the U.K., as well as the lack of breeders in the U.K.

Corgi Breed Appearance

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has erect ears which are proportional to the equilateral triangle of the head. The ears should also be firm, medium sized and tapered to a rounded point. The head should be fox-like in shape. Pembroke Welsh Corgis differ from the closely related Cardigan Welsh Corgi by being shorter in length, having smaller ears, and being slightly straighter of leg. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a “fairy saddle”, somewhat lighter markings on each side of the withers caused by changes in the thickness, length, and direction of hair growth

Corgi Breed Temperament

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a very affectionate breed, and they love to be involved in the family, and tend to follow wherever their owners go. They are eager to please their owners.. Besides herding, they also function as watchdogs due to their alertness and tendency to bark only as needed. Most Pembrokes will seek the attention of everyone they meet and behave well around children and other pets. It is important to socialize this breed with other animals, adults, and children when they are very young to avoid any antisocial behavior later in life. Due to their herding instinct, they have a tendency to chase anything that moves and also nip at heels.

Corgi Breed Maintenance

This breed has a medium, coarse coat with an average amount of shedding. It is important to brush this breed on a weekly basis to keep the shedding under control. Like most other breeds, you are going to want to bathe only as necessary because too often will cause the skin to become dry and stripped of important natural oils.

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