DO APARTMENTS AND CORGIS MIX?
Corgis turn a lot of heads thanks to their loving personalities, foxy ears and fluffy wagging bottoms. It’s easy to see why they are so popular! Two years ago I was living in my downtown studio apartment when I came across a local litter of Pembroke puppies. After reading about their highly social, trainable and adaptable qualities, I was in love. My research and the breeder assured me that they were a fine choice for apartment life. I brought home a sable colored boy that I named Milo. Milo is true to his breed: outgoing, playful and intelligent. He rarely ever meets a person, child, or dog that he isn’t immediate friends with. But his energy level, loud barking, and constant shedding, were a bit more hassle in my tiny apartment than I had hoped for. I would like to address some of these common traits for those of you who are considering sharing your humble abode with a Corgi.
Milo does best with a daily routine that includes at least 1-2 hours of vigorous play at the dog park, and 2 or 3 leashed walks for at least a half hour each. Without this he could get quite loud and destructive. His drive to be involved in as much activity as possible also lead him to develop a bit of separation anxiety. He would sometimes destroy something out of spite if I went somewhere without him, especially if he had not gotten to run off leash yet. Because of this, I keep him crated when I go somewhere without him. I used to spend almost the same amount of time exercising my Australian Cattle Dog who passed away before I got Milo. Milo’s short legs didn’t allow him to cover as much distance during his playtime as my previous dog, but the minimum amount of time he needed to spend playing everyday was almost the same. For this reason, I can’t say that I found my Corgi to be much more well adapted to apartment life than my ACD might have been.
High intelligence and a social personality does make Milo more adaptable in some ways. My parents own a farm an hour outside the city, giving me an opportunity to spend time with Milo in both an urban and rural setting. He definitely prefers farm life, given that it was sort of like never having to leave the park. However, his strong herding instincts required us to use a vibrating collar to stop him from chasing their cats and sheep. Milo was tolerant of city life, but most enjoyed being able to run wild and free and interact with a family.
He adores all my nieces and nephew, and is gentle and patient with babies and children. My ACD had been a velcro dog, but Milo is best friends with everybody. He doesn’t mind being left with my family when I have to travel without him. He is very independent, and enjoys exploring and adventuring on his own regularly. He is often in the yard playing by himself whenever possible and loves being outside. After seeing how much Milo took to the farm, apartment living seemed to be rather difficult for us in comparison. After a year, I moved to a house with a yard. Milo definitely seemed to appreciate this, and it became easier to drain his energy by having games of fetch or puppy play dates in the yard.