Welsh Corgis of both the Pembroke and Cardigan breeds are stumpy little working dogs. You wouldn’t know it by looking at them, but they are powerful squat sheepherders. This fact alone makes them eager to please, hard working and usually high energy dogs. They require a lot of exercise, along with training in order to thrive. When we first got our corgi puppy, I was terrified that I wasn’t going to be a good owner, trainer and all around dog mom. I did my research and found an excellent breeder which I discussed in my article, “Finding a responsible breeder”. I bought some wrong things and some right things, which I highlighted in my last article, “Shopping for your corgi puppy”. When it came to raising a puppy, I had no experience other than what I could remember from my childhood. You see, we’ve always adopted, so we never really raised puppies. Thankfully we live in a world where YouTube exists and the Internet it abundant with information so that made my experience a lot easier.
So you want a corgi puppy… what now? It’s important to note that historically the corgi was bred to be a working dog. Corgis are the smallest in the working class breeds. They are a livestock herding dog that can herd cattle, but are more well known for herding sheep. Despite their small size, corgis are fast dogs that can run at high speeds in order to get around a herd. Additionally this means that they are dogs with a doubled layer coat to protect them from high heat or extreme cold, they chase people/children/animals/things (which can lead to heal nipping if not properly trained) and have an affinity for barking at moving targets or sounds.