The Corgi is a low-riding dog with a high-energy personality. He may not have a tail to wag, but he'll wag his butt twice as hard to let you know he's game for whatever game you have in mind.
The Corgi is actually a dwarf member of the spitz family. Some spitz breeds are excellent herders, and the Corgi's short stature allowed them to duck beneath kicking hooves. By the 1800s, they were used to drive cattle, gather flocks of geese and chickens, and even herd sheep and ponies. Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis come from different origins. The Pembrokes are smaller, finer boned, have smaller ears and a foxier expression compared to the Cardigans. They also usually have a bobtail, which can be either natural or docked.
Queen Elizabeth welcomed her first Pembroke to her home in 1933, and her influence has helped make them one of the most popular dogs in Britain. But their most influential PR agents are themselves: to know a Corgi is to want one!
They're smart, devoted and willing to please---a short-legged dog that's high on life! And on toys---lots of toys!
The Corgi's top health concern is intervertebral disk disease, a type of back problem that can lead to pain and even paralysis. One important step you can take to lessen the chance is to keep your Corgi svelte. Most Corgis like to eat more than they should, so you may need to ration his food, and very likely, feed a low calorie diet. When dieting a dog, you must make sure he gets enough vitamins. We suggest supplementing with a good multi-vitamin, probiotics and, if the coat is dry, a fatty-acid supplement.
Coat care is fairly simple. Use a pin brush to remove dead hair once or twice a week. You may have to brush the britches in layers so you get all the way to the skin. Spritzing these areas with a mixture of water and conditioner will prevent static electricity as your brush. Some Pembrokes have a fluffy coat, which will require more layer-brushing all over.
During shedding season, use a shedding tool to remove the thick undercoat. Brushing right after bathing, when the hair is still slightly damp, will usually remove the most coat.
For the best looking results, use a shampoo that builds body. You may also wish to use color-enhancing shampoos, or if your dog has itchy skin, avocado oil or oatmeal based shampoos.
Most Corgis have healthy ears, but you should still check them for signs of redness, itching or debris weekly. Any time they get goopy, clean with an ear-cleanser. If the goop comes back, see your veterinarian.
Brush the teeth daily.
Clip the nails every two weeks or so using a medium-duty dog nail clipper.
Corgis hate to slow down for anything, but sometimes age-related physical changes, such as arthritis, make it tough to keep going at full intensity. Besides any intervention recommended by your veterinarian, a soft cushion to lie on and glucosamine chondroitin supplements added to the diet can help soothe aching joints, and keep him as young in body as he is in spirit.