A guide to Corgis

Learn more about their temperament, habits, health concerns and why these cuties are the choice of royalty.

Time to read: 4 mins

There are two types of Welsh Corgi, the Pembroke and the Cardigan. The Queen has had over 30 Welsh Pembroke Corgi’s since she began her reign in 1952. Its easy to see why she is so fond of this breed.

Corgi breed history

The Corgi is from the Pastoral breed group which means it was originally bred to herd cattle, sheep and horses. That hard working, keen to please attitude has led them to be a firm favourite with dog owners all over the world.
They are classed as a small breed dog but still need up to one hours walk a day. They also need plenty of interaction and play to keep their active brains busy! They are very playful and easy to train but can have a stubborn streak to them.

Life expectancy

Welsh Corgi’s have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years and can weigh up 12kg as an adult.


They are good with children and other dogs but can bark a bit, usually with excitement.

Grooming and care

They do have fur that sheds and, seasonally, this can become quite heavy. During times of heavy shedding you may need to brush their coat on a daily basis and some owners find that regular bathing also helps to minimise shedding during these times.

Common health problems

Like all pedigree animals Corgi’s can develop some breed specific ailments including hip dysplasia, epilepsy, eye problems and perhaps more commonly spine and back problems due to their long bodies and short legs. If you do decide to welcome a Corgi into your home make sure you do your research, choose a reputable breeder (see our advice on finding a good breeder ) or consider adopting from a rescue centre.

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