As dog lovers, we can’t get enough of these furry creatures. But with so many breeds to choose from, most of us know far less than we might think we do.

Each breed has its own characteristics. Take the beloved Corgi, for example. There is so much more than meets the eye with these sheep, cattle, and livestock herding dogs. And though they are small they are mighty.

Let’s take a closer look at this beautiful yet fierce dog breed.

Corgis At a Glance

While there are various breeds of Corgis, the most popular breed is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The very name “Corgi” is a Celtic word that stands for dwarf dog. They weigh about 26-28 lbs., and stand about 12 inches in height, with females being slightly smaller than their male counterparts.

Corgis are distinguished by their long back and short bowed out legs. Their ears stand upright without any help. Their average lifespan is from 11 to 13 years. They have about an average energy level, with approximately 20-40 minutes of exercise per day required.

On the flip side, corgis do have a tendency to bark more than other dogs and are incredibly social, making them a bit more demanding when it comes to play and bark park time. Bred to drive cattle, they require extensive training to keep their mind sharp and to stay out of trouble.

They have a short double coat that comes in a rainbow of colors including black and tan, red, sable, fawn, and with or without white flashing. According to the AKC, their classification is herding dogs.

Now that we know the basics, let’s dive in a bit deeper and explore what makes Corgis tick.

Preferred Living Space

Because of their size, Corgis are ideal for homes with limited space. If you have an apartment and want to add to the family, they make a great addition. However, they do require at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise per day.  As for the overall environment, corgis fair best in cooler climates and prefer not to be in hot temperatures. During the summer, it is best to keep them indoors or near bodies of water.

Good for Novice Dog Owners

If you’re looking to add your very first dog to your family, it’s best to take on a breed that is easy to train. Fortunately, Corgi’s are a great breed for trainability. They are incredibly intelligent and are easygoing. They can bounce back from the mistakes you might make during the training process because of this.

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