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Old 12-09-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
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Any Corgi Owners?

Any Corgi Owners on the DIS? I am considering adding one to the house hold. I've adored the breed for years and I've done my research. I just wanted to hear from anyone who may share there lives with one of these furbabies. What have you learned that the research didn't teach you?

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Old 12-09-2012, 07:14 PM   #2
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My DC has had two in a row, she and I were 4-H dog instructors for years, so, if she picked that breed, they must be smart . I know that hers, at least, have the following quirks:
1)blow coat like CRAZY at certain times of the year since it's a double coated breed
2)will "herd" the kids unless taught not to (can include nipping at heels/hands)
3)not as high energy as say a border collie, but still lots of energy typical of a herding breed
4)very trainable for obedience/agility/flyball/etc
5)when they're pups, you have to be VERY careful of their joints, because of their body type, her most recent one had problems after it launched itself off the couch(I would only buy one from a reputable breeder who has xrayed both parents and can show proof of no genetic defects)
6)hers, at least, were able to be trained to stay inside one of those invisible electric fences (although the collar had to be tightened down pretty tight to get contact through all that hair)
7)very good with other dogs, but hers have had to be trained *not* to herd the chickens/ducks/bunnies

They're very kind loving dogs!

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The herding thing...

My niece has an adorable 4 month old Corgi pup. Very smart, very affectionate dog. At Thanksgiving, the dog was intent on herding my mom- no one else, just Grandma! It was hysterical- the dog would be playing calmly with whoever was in the room until my mom walked in, and then it was like someone flipped a switch! She'd run circles around mom and actually try to STEER her!!!

She's a wonderful dog, I'd love to have a Corgi.
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Great dog. Only negative is the amount of hair they shed. Way more than a German shepherd at a fraction of the size.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:38 PM   #5
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She'd run circles around mom and actually try to STEER her!!!.
that's great, lol.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:42 PM   #6
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Great dog. Only negative is the amount of hair they shed. Way more than a German shepherd at a fraction of the size.
I've had a double coated dog before, So I'm not afraid of a little hair.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:48 PM   #7
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We don't own a Corgi, but our former neighbors did and that was the sweetest dog! His name is Otto and when we lived across the street my kids played with him everyday, and he got along great with my two goldens.
Lots of playful energy and just a little bit of mischief. Twice he ended up with his little leg in a cast from trying to sprint down the stairs and barrel out the door before it closed.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:55 PM   #8
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Our last dog was at least half corgi, possibly more, we aren't entirely sure but the Vet listed him as Pembroke Corgi.

He was a fantastic dog! We got him before we had kids and he was our first "baby." He lived until age 12 and died from cancer.

We now have two black lab mixes and I wish we had gotten a corgi. Don't get me wrong, I love my dogs and wouldn't trade them now, but Corgis are just great dogs.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:48 PM   #9
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DS was obsessed with Corgis this summer. He even has several pics of them on his ipod! Sadly, we are not planning to get any more dogs or we would be investigating this breed more. Good luck OP, they do appear to be good pets -as I learned from all DS's research he kept reading me.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:03 PM   #10
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Many of the herding breeds will share similar personality traits.
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But they're one of the few dogs that shake their butt when they get all excited. My friend's corgi would sit on her hind legs with her front paws in the air and start a conversation with her dad. As long as you respond back, she keeps going.

She had eye issues and eventually she had surgery after about a year old to kill the nerves in her eyes, so she's completely blind. But she's still a very sweet dog, and nothing holds her back.
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We had a Corgi/German shepard mix. He was a great dog. He had the body of a corgi, but the coloring and face of a German shepard. As a puppy he did nip at the children's ankles to herd them when they were in the yard. He used to sit up on his rump with his four little legs stretched out in front of him. People used to get a real kick out of that. He had some pretty good balance! DH was just saying this evening that he wants to get another corgi one day. He's going to have to wait for a while though...our dog is only a year and a half.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:48 AM   #13
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DH was just saying this evening that he wants to get another corgi one day. He's going to have to wait for a while though...our dog is only a year and a half.
There is always room for one more



And thanks everyone, these little guys sound like a hoot.
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We have one. A male, now 8 years old. We've had him since he was a puppy. They are AWESOME dogs, and EXTREMELY smart. BUT- they can also be very manipulative, food driven, and territorial. We had some problems with ours- nipping and even biting to protect what he felt was his and his alone. We took him to a behavior specialist, and re-trained him. It took a lot of time and patience, but we haven't had a problem with him in over a year now. The key is to be very consistent and everyone in the family has to be on board.

He is a "people" dog- he just loves anyone and everyone. He is not a "dog" dog, but that I think comes from being attacked on walks twice by other dogs.

He LOVES to play. As soon as someone sits on the floor in my house, he runs for his ball. He will play fetch in our backyard for hours, and loves to play soccer (basically, his herding instinct kicks in )

They do need exercise and can be naughty when bored or not given enough activity.

They shed like crazy. His undercoat comes out in big puffs, especially around his hind end. I have to vacuum daily.

He is a great dog- I wouldn't trade him for anything.
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Corgis had been my dream dog for a while until I started to really understand the amount of hair they shed. I would like to say I could handle it, but if I'm being honest with myself, I know I couldn't. Alas, I will not have a Corgi! Love my short-haired dachshund!
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