Corgi Breed Personality
Corgis are one of those unforgettably adorable dog breeds that need no introduction. If you have ever met a corgi in real life before, then the chances of you remembering exactly what they look like and how they behave are very high. Also known by their more official title of Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the corgi is often regarded as a royal dog. This does not come without a back story, either.
During the continuous reign of Queen Elizabeth II of England, more than thirty corgis have had the opportunity of a lifetime and lived in the Royal Palace. The Queen of England's favorite dog is the corgi, and for that reason, corgis have earned a reputation of being one of the most sought-after pups in all the land. Corgis are undeniably a precious breed of dogs. From their shorter-than-short stubby legs and their very wide stance, to their smiling faces and excitable personalities, corgis are unforgettable.
Corgis just want to have fun all the time, and they are more than ready to play whenever you are! Despite their short stature, corgis puff their chests out and think they rule the world with their undeniable confidence. You would think that corgis are confused about their actual height and overall size because they act so much taller, tougher, and stronger than they are, especially when it comes to playtime with other dogs. Despite all of these incredibly admirable traits of corgis, it is still important to note that, like all dogs, corgis need to be shown proper attention, discipline, and love in order to be the happy little playful dogs that they were born to be.
We will talk about training corgis in a little while, but first and foremost, let’s talk about the background information of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog breed! We will discuss the temperament and typical personality traits of corgis as well. Let’s start with the origin of corgis and how they came to be such a popular dog breed.
The History of Corgis
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi gets its name from the city in which the dog breed originated. Corgis are native to Pembrokeshire, which is a city in Wales, in the United Kingdom. Though the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the most well-known breed of the Welsh Corgi, another type of corgi is the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Either way, they are both dog breeds that stem from the family of northern spitz-type dogs.
As such, corgis are actually related to Siberian Huskies, believe it or not. If you put a picture of a corgi and an image of a Siberian husky side by side, you will notice more similarities than you might have considered right off the bat. You might have even heard of the Corgi Husky Mix! Would it surprise you to hear that corgis are designated as being herding dogs? It might be shocking to learn about this corgi-related fact, but they do indeed make excellent herding pups. Corgis are definitely the smallest of all herding dogs, but nonetheless, corgis have always been known as sheep herding dogs.
Corgis are known to have a medium-length coat of fur, and they actually have a double coat for protection against cold weather, which was certainly part of the lifestyle of corgis acting as herding dogs in Wales, in particular. The weight of corgis varies between genders. For female corgis, the expected weight is anywhere between twenty-four pounds and twenty-eight pounds once they are fully grown.
Speaking to the weight of male corgis, they tend to hover around a minimum weight of twenty-four pounds, while the heaviest healthy male corgi weighs is about thirty-one pounds. Both female and male corgis reach an average height of an estimated ten inches, with a tall corgi measuring in at about twelve inches tall.
Corgi puppies tend to exhibit their fur coat color at birth. Unlike some breeds of dogs that develop different coloring as they age, corgis are often predictable in terms of fur color from the moment they are born. The coat of a corgi can be sable, fawn, light brown, black, or red, with some corgis displaying a mix of black and tan fur or white and black spotted fur. Corgis live an average of twelve to fifteen years of age.
What is the Difference Between Temperament and Personality?
Temperaments and personalities are similar, but technically speaking, there are a few differences that set the two of them apart. The temperament of an animal like the corgi refers to the animal’s baseline. On a similar yet different note, the personality of a dog is what sets one corgi apart from other corgis. See, the majority of corgis share the same temperament, with a few exceptions, as with every other example comparing dogs of the same breed. But when it comes to corgi personality, there are discrepancies between one corgi and the next. The distinct personalities of individual corgis differ far more than the collective temperament of the entire breed.
The easiest way to remember the difference between temperament and the corgi traits in terms of personality is to think of the two traits in order of when they appear. Essentially, the temperament of a corgi refers to the innate way of being that a corgi is born with, so temperament refers to the emotional volatility, base-level mood, and adaptability, among other similar characteristics. So, corgi temperament comes first. Corgi personality traits follow suit. Corgi personality traits tend to be adopted, shaped, and refined over the years of a corgi's life.
Variables like behavior and habitual actions are interwoven within the personality of a corgi as well. So, the personality comes after birth and personalities are shaped by the atmosphere the corgi is in during his or her life. Temperament can be altered based on upbringing as well, but personality is more-so shaped by life experiences, whereas corgi temperament is a map that tends to determine how corgis respond to their life experiences.
What is the Typical Personality of a Corgi Dog?
In general, corgis are happy-go-lucky dogs that do not have many cares in the world. They tend to view everyone as a friend, and strangers are not something that corgis fear. It is very rare to find a corgi that is shy, and they are as adventurous as can be. Most corgis will run towards another dog that they see because greeting fellow dog friends is one of the most exciting endeavors for corgis. Although corgi personality traits vary ever so slightly among corgis, they usually all have boisterous and outgoing personalities, which can be very funny when you consider that corgis are so small, and yet they have such big personalities.
The Overall Temperament of a Corgi
Naturally, corgis are independent, confident, bold, loud, extroverted, persistent, and energetic. Corgi temperaments tend to lean towards a very playful, easygoing, and friendly aura. That said, corgis cannot be energetic and upbeat all the time. You might notice that your corgi is a little bit calm or apprehensive at times, and these responses are completely normal. Corgis can be very protective, guarded, and subdued on occasion, so don't worry if you find that your corgi is exhibiting behavior like that every so often. Corgis have their moments, too.
The independence gene is one that runs throughout the entire lineage of corgis, near and far. If you think about their original purpose on farms and their history of herding larger animals, it only makes sense that corgis are very sure of themselves. In order to tell larger animals what to do and round up the cattle, corgis would absolutely need to be very confident and bold animals.
But with a historical past of herding animals of much larger masses than themselves, corgis are notorious for taking small nips, bites, and nudges to the ankles of anyone who comes in close proximity to them in unwanted circumstances. Another aspect about the corgi temperament is the ease at which corgis will hear sounds, even those that are incredibly far away from them. As herding dogs, corgis have always needed to be attentive to noises in their surrounding environment.
So, tying temperament into training methods for corgis, know that it is imperative that your corgi undergoes proper training because otherwise, the habits that corgi temperaments present can result in excessive barking. Although loud barks are very productive out in the fields of Wales, the same does not hold true for corgis that live in urban apartment complexes or rural neighborhoods with houses close together.
How to Train a Corgi
A common pondering that many people have before they commit to being dog owners is whether or not the breed they have their eyes on is a good breed for their circumstances. And to their credit, this is a very fair and wise question to ask before investing time, energy, and money into a puppy dog. So, are corgis good dogs? Let’s talk about that a little more!
Long story short, corgis are good dogs. In fact, corgis are excellent dogs! If you adopt a corgi at a youthful age, there is a very high probability that you will then have to learn how to train your corgi. Puppies are all fun and games until you remember that serious discipline and dedication to properly training your corgi are key to raising a healthy, happy, and well-mannered corgi companion. But have no fear...corgis are incredibly responsive to training and they adhere to directions very well when they are reinforced time and time again.
Like all puppy dogs, young corgis will take some time to learn the behavior you are trying to teach them, so bare in mind that you will need to hold a good amount of patience in your mannerisms while training your corgi puppy dog. Corgi behavior tends to naturally be excitable and enthusiastic, but with the appropriate level of training, your corgi will have great behavior in no time at all. Another part of corgi training that will make puppy training a little difficult is that corgis are very independent and sure of themselves.
They are not necessarily stubborn, nor are they ill-mannered, but you should try to put your foot down and not allow your corgi to call the shots during your dedicated training sessions. Something really exciting and fascinating about corgis is that they are always up for learning something new. Even when corgis age and reach double digits, they are still very willing and able to learn new things. The most important part about training a corgi is to make it known that you are the boss, and as soon as your corgi understands that you are in charge and not the other way around, everything else from then on will be smooth sailing.
Are Corgis Anxious Dogs?
Although this statement is not guaranteed to be true for every corgi, it is very possible for a corgi to experience symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety certainly falls into the category of personality and brain functioning as opposed to temperament because corgis are not innately very anxious puppies. That said, corgis can certainly experience serious bouts of anxiety, with the most common type of anxiety in corgis being dog separation anxiety. As we mentioned a few times previously, corgis love engaging with people, fellow corgis, and many other dog breeds, too.
They are very playful, energetic, and fond of engaging with others, so separation anxiety is not rare for corgis to experience when they are left alone for long periods of time. If a corgi happens to begin feeling anxious symptoms, it is very likely that the poor dog will start to bark because it is a natural instinct for corgis to bark when they feel threatened, submissive, or not in control. This brings up yet another example of why training is so imperative for corgis, but training aside, anxiety is certainly a possibility for your corgi if the environment does not align with what is comfortable for your corgi.
Corgis are not a fan of being all alone, and similarly, they do not really like it when people are separated, either. If you think about the fact that corgis are herding dogs, then all of the pieces fall together and it starts to make sense why a corgi might start feeling anxious if they were in an environment where people are spread out all over the place, too. If you host an event or a party at your place, and you start to notice your corgi acting out in odd ways, it might just be a result of instincts kicking in, meaning your corgi might want to start rounding up your guests and herding them. When a corgi cannot do this successfully, anxiety will likely start brewing and barking will ensue.
But guess what? Anxiety is never fun, but the good news is that your corgi does not have to suffer during events at home or in scenarios that spark anxious behavior. Instead of watching your poor corgi companion look around anxiously and hearing your pup bark at the top of his or her lungs, consider purchasing cannabidiol for your corgi.
CBD for Corgis
Cannabidiol for corgis is one of the best calming agents you could possibly give to a dog of this breed with anxiety. Whether the anxious tendencies are situational, or your corgi puppy has chronic anxious symptoms, CBD for dogs is something that your corgi will surely benefit from in many different ways. At Innovet, you will find some of the purest and most natural forms of CBD for pups.
While CBD is derived from all-natural sources, some brands will add unnecessary preservatives, chemicals, scents, and additives to cannabidiol oil. There are perks of doing so, like adding flavor to an otherwise bland-tasting oil, but at Innovet, we believe that natural is the way to go, so you can rest assured in knowing that there are no unwanted added ingredients in our CBD oil for corgis.
Cannabidiol for corgis is available as a CBD oil, as well as in the form of doggy treats for any occasion, soft chew snacks, external balms, and capsules that your canine companion can swallow with ease. No matter which method of CBD application or consumption that your corgi prefers, we are sure that your dog will find relief from the all-natural CBD from Innovet.
Every cannabidiol product from Innovet is made from 100% hemp-based CBD that is derived from hemp grown in the state of Colorado. We send our CBD to third-party testers to triple-check the quality of our cannabidiol before packing it up and offering it for purchase. There are absolutely no pesticides in reach of our CBD for corgis, so you'll never have to worry about accidentally exposing your corgi to harsh chemicals, either.
Since our CBD is solely hemp-derived, your pup will not experience any psychoactive sensations or behaviors. There is no way that a corgi can get high from CBD sold by Innovet, so let your worries fade and trust in Innovet as your pet's favorite CBD supplier. We put your dog's health and mental well-being above everything, and we can't wait to see how in love your corgi becomes with CBD from Innovet!
If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to Innovet at your convenience.
Dr. Sara Ochoa
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. Georges University
Sara Redding Ochoa, DVM was raised in north Louisiana. She graduated from LA Tech in 2011 with a degree in animal science. She then moved to Grenada West Indies for veterinary school. She completed her clinical year at Louisiana State University and graduated in 2015 from St. George’s University. Since veterinary school she has been working at a small animal and exotic veterinary clinic in east Texas, where she has experience treating all species that walk in the hospital. In her free time, she likes to travel with her husband Greg, bake yummy desserts and spend time with her 4-legged fur kids, a dog Ruby, a cat Oliver James “OJ”, a rabbit BamBam and a tortoise MonkeyMan.
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