Corgis are charming, short, sturdy little dogs with a spirited disposition and an eager work ethic. With their perky ears and wide, grinning smile, Corgi turn heads wherever they go!
According to legend, the Corgi was originally a gift from the forest fairies, and the breed’s distinct markings were supposedly left by the fairies’ harnesses and saddles. However, the fact of the matter is that the Corgi originated in Wales. There are two types: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi (being the more popular of the two) and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. They are very similar with the primary difference being their size.
They Take Their Job Seriously!
The Corgi was bred to herd cattle and geese by nipping at their heels, as opposed to running circles around them like some other herding breeds. In fact, if charged at, they quickly respond with a nip at the livestock’s nose to get them back on track with the group! While you might think their short stature would be a handicap, it actually helps them avoid being kicked when they’re hard at work. As such, this breed is known to try herding children and can be extremely nippy with them. If you have young children (under age 10) or other small animals, a Corgi might not be a good match for your family.
I have had a few wonderful opportunities to work with Corgis. They truly live up to their genetic reputation as herding dogs! They NEED a way to exert their abundant energy and use their clever, herding mind, or they can become neurotic. Also – as a herding breed, they enjoy a good game of chase with small children or cats, so extra care of proper socialization is important from a young age.
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