Corgis are known for being great family pets. Because of their herding background, they love to follow you around and love to "work" around the house and with your family. They are also known to be great watchdogs! While they aren't aggressive, they can, surprisingly, have a loud bark. Due to them being natural watch dogs, Corgis don't like to be lap dogs. Most people expect them to be the perfect lap dog because of their small size, but their herding background, and watchdog desire, mean they love to work and will want to watch over you and your home.
This small breed dog will have lots of energy, which is another reason they are great for families. They will absolutely love to run around the house all day long with kids and get their energy out. We say 'run around the house' because Corgis are very much indoor dogs. They like AC units, being around you all day, and guarding the house. We have so much more to share about this great breed.
How Big Do Corgis Get
Corgis are a small and short breed. Corgis will stand about 10 to 12 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 23 to 28 pounds when they are fully grown. You can expect your Corgi to be fully grown at about 1 year old.
Do Corgis Shed
Corgis are known for being heavy shedders. They have a thick double coat and you can expect them to shed year round. It's an important factor when deciding on a Corgi because this recquires more grooming. We recommend brushing your Corgi 3 times a week to help keep the shedding at bay.
You can also get them professionally groomed every 4 to 8 weeks to help with the shedding. All this shedding is because of their beautiful, fluffy, thick coat. You will love running your fingers through this soft coat and will make some of the shedding worth it.
How Long do Corgis Live
Corgis have a fairly long life span. If healthy, Corgis can live anywhere between 12 to 15 years. On average, we see them living around 11 - 13 years which is still a great lifespan. Corgis are prone to some serious health concerns like hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, Von Willebrand's Disease and back issues (due to their short height and long torso).
While these seem scary, there are always health risks involved with owning a pet and if you are able to keep your Corgi healthy, keep their weight in check and stay up to date with their health - your Corgi will live a long healthy life.
How Much Do Corgis Cost
Corgis have a wide range of costs. They can be anywhere between $700 to $2,000. This is dependent on the breed and gender of the Corgi you want. In general, you can expect to pay about $1,000 for your new pup! We always recommend adoption, but if you are unable to find your dream Corgi through a shelter, you will have to buy it through a breeder. Do your research to ensure your breeder is reputable!
If you have been thinking about getting a Corgi - we hope this helped! Corgis make great additions to families with kids or for those living in a city who are worried their dog won't have enough outdoor time. This cute, fluffy, and very attention needing and affectionate breed will be your loyal companion and won't leave your side.
Make sure you keep your home cool for them, make time for lots of indoor activity, and be prepared for their soft hair to get everywhere. Once you're ready to take the leap and get your new puppy, make sure to check out all our articles on training and getting a new puppy!