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Everything You Need To Know About Corgis

Found grinning on water bottles and socks everywhere, it’s one of the best-known and loved dog breeds: 

The Corgi! 

It’s hard to resist the pert attitude and permanent grin of these short little critters. Even their stubborn streak and mischievous side can seem cute! 

Today, Infinity Pups would like to tell you about all the ups and downs of owning one of these spunky pups. 

Ready to learn all about Corgis? 

Let’s get started!

Corgi Basic Facts

For starters, here are a few general facts about Corgis: 

  • There are two kinds of Corgis–Pembroke Welsh Corgis and Cardigan Welsh Corgis. There are small differences between the two types but they are very similar. The quickest way to tell them apart is to look at their tails: Cardigans have tails, while Pembrokes’ tails are docked. 
  • Corgis were bred to herd cattle, and they still love to herd things. They might try to herd people or other animals with small nips and barks. 
  • They are small, but have spunk that far outweighs their size! Corgis are a feisty, scrappy, energetic breed. They won’t hesitate to take on an opponent much larger than they are.  
  • Corgis are the smallest breed in the AKC’s herding group. 
  • Corgis tend to be vocal and may bark at everything they see. 
  • While they are quite intelligent, Corgis are known to have a stubborn streak. They may require some extra time and patience when it comes to training. 
  • This delightful breed is known for its permanent ear-to-ear grin. It’s hard to find a Corgi looking down or depressed! 


Now, on to Corgi history. 

Corgi History

Welsh legend has it that Corgis came from the enchanted realms of the elves and fairies. They were eventually found by a couple of children who took them home and–voila!--Corgis had joined the ranks of humans. 

But for those who don’t care for fairy tales, Corgis originated in Wales some 1,000 years ago.

according to welsh legend corgis originated

They were used as all-around farm/herd dogs. Their low build made them perfect for herding cattle, as they could easily stay out of the way of flying hooves. 

Historians say Corgis were brought to England in 1107 by a group of weavers who had been invited to work for Henry I. When the weavers came to England, they brought their herding dogs along with them, and the breed stuck. 

Corgis eventually made their way to America as well, and today they are a popular family pet. They are also known for being a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II of England, who owned over 30 Corgis over her lifetime. The Queen even had a whole “Corgi Room” in Buckingham Palace!

Corgi Temperament

If you have ever owned a Corgi you’ll know how delightful and happy they are. But you’ll also know a bit about their shortcomings. 

Here is a list of traits Corgis are known for: 

  • Positivity

Corgis are rarely seen without that big, happy grin on their face, and they are permanently excited about life. Their bright, cheerful personality can be a massive mood booster if you are having a bad day! 

  • Herding

Though they aren’t usually working dogs these days, Corgis still have herding instincts. You may see them exhibit herding behaviors such as small nips and barks, and they like everyone to stay in a group. If one person gets up and leaves a group they may run after them and try to bring them back. 

Needless to say, it’s not acceptable to herd humans. You may have to teach your Corgi the rules about what and what not to herd. 

  • Independence

Corgis like to be involved in everything, and they like it even better if they are in charge. They like human interaction but don’t expect them to come at every beck and call. They may have their own ideas about things and won’t always want to obey you. 

Training a Corgi may take a little extra time and patience, as well as some firm, uncrossable boundaries.

training a corgi
  • Watchfulness

From a scrap of food that falls from the table to a stranger on the other side of the street, your Corgi isn’t going to miss a thing. Don’t try to play tricks on him–chances are it won’t work! 

Their total alertness can make them excellent watchdogs. They also have a “big dog” bark that you can’t ignore!  

  • Energy

Don’t let the small size fool you. Corgis are herding dogs and they need plenty of exercise. They will love a large, open space to run around in and burn off extra energy. 

Corgis thrive on physical activity and love to hike, go to the park, or learn dog sports such as agility. 

  • Spunk

Corgis might look cute and funny, toddling around on those short little legs with their big silly grins. But they have enough spirit to take on a foe three times their size, and they will, too! 

These guys were bred to herd cattle. They won’t quail at a strange person or neighbor dog–chances are they will rise to the challenge! 

Don’t worry though. Corgis tend to be spunky and happy, not aggressive and protective. They won’t cringe at an enemy, but they tend to like all people and be friendly with strangers.

Owning A Corgi

Owning one of these happy, spunky dogs can be such fun! Here is what you can expect if you decide to take one home. 


One of the cutest things about Corgis is their short little legs. Corgis only stand about a foot at the shoulder, and their legs are only a few inches long. They look so cute and funny tripping around on their tiny legs! And when they run as fast as they can, with all their legs stretched out, is it ever amusing!

corgis little legs

Another cute feature they have is their foxlike faces with big, expressive ears. There is nothing cuter than when a Corgi looks up at you, all pert, with his big ears on high alert and his tongue hanging out of his wide grin! 

Corgis can be a pretty wide range of colors. They could be red and white, blue merle, tri-color, black, or fawn. They usually have some white markings on their chest, feet, and head. 

Another thing to note is that Pembroke Corgis do not have tails, while Cardigan Corgis do have tails. 


Corgis have thick double coats that are medium long. They shed continuously, with heavier shedding occurring twice a year. 

Grooming your Corgi is not hard, but you will have to keep on top of the shedding if you don’t want hair all over the place. They only need baths if they get dirty, but regular baths may help you control the shedding. 

If you have an exceptionally fluffy Corgi you may need to trim him a little around the feet and face, but this is uncommon. 

The rest is self-explanatory: trim his nails regularly, brush his teeth, and give him plenty of love and attention!  


As we said, Corgis are pretty independent and have a bit of a stubborn streak. 

Because of their take-charge attitude and independence, it may take a little extra effort to train them. You will have to make sure they know you are in charge because if they decide they are the leader it’s hard to change their minds. 

That said, Corgis are smart and they love people-time, so if you are willing to put in the effort you should be able to teach your Corgi whatever he needs to learn. 


Corgis are hardy and normally stay healthy.

corgis are hardy

But of course, there are things you should watch out for. 

Some of these include: 

One of the best ways to get a healthy puppy is to buy from a reputable puppy breeder. A good breeder will be open and honest with you about any problems and will take responsible care of their puppies.  

Children and other pets 

Corgis usually seem to love kids and get along with them well. However, that doesn’t mean you should leave a young child with a Corgi unsupervised. Even the nicest Corgi could get snappish if he gets his eyes poked or his tail pulled. 

Corgis normally do quite well with other pets too, as long as they are properly introduced and socialized. 

If you are planning on bringing a Corgi puppy home soon, you’ll want to make sure you are completely prepared. Here are a few articles that might be helpful in bringing you up to speed and preparing you to be the best puppy parents: 


Though they certainly have their shortcomings, Corgis are some of the most pert, cheerful, wonderful dogs around! They can make a wonderful, positive addition to any family. 

If you would like to bring one home, take a look at the Corgis for sale we have on our website at Infinity Pups. 

If you think maybe a Corgi isn’t for you and you want to check out some other options, take a look at our selection of other breeds. 

We have more information on some of our other breeds, including: 

We hope you find the perfect puppy for your family! 

Until then, happy hunting.😁

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