WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
Corgis are an active and sociable breed. They love being where the action is and will play rough and tumble games with children, or simply be a companion for an elderly person.
The Corgi learns quickly and as long as he knows what is expected of him he will oblige. However if left to his own devices he will get up to mischief – mainly chewing something he shouldn’t.
He is a good house dog and will bark furiously at the door bell. Excessive barking should not be encouraged.
The Corgi is a ‘big dog in a small body’ and can become ‘bossy’ if not trained with a firm but gentle hand. A lot of new owners make the mistake of treating the Corgi as a toy breed.
The Corgi has an IQ equivalent to a 5 year old and will test authority. So you must enforce your position as head of the house, once this is established the Corgi will go about his business quite happily and entertain you with his antics and droll sense of humour
Dogs in general are very demanding, so if you are not prepared to make a commitment perhaps you should consider some other less demanding animal.
Corgis have an average life span of between 12 and 15 years; in which time you will have invested a fair amount of time, energy and money.
Who will be responsible for the care and training?
Will this be undertaken by all members of the family or just left to one person. Is this person young or old? Will they need help with feeding and training? There are several books available to help with the care and training of your Corgi which can be obtained form most libraries.
Is there a specific role you want your Pembroke Corgi to plan in vour life?
Do you want your Corgi to be a pet for all the family or a companion for a child or elderly person? Will your Corgi be expected to play with the children of a young age or older teenagers? For what ever reason temperament and health is of paramount importance, so it is important that you choose the right Corgi for your family.
If possible try and see as many Pembroke Corgis as you can.
The typical character of a Corgi is outgoing, alert, active and very people-orientated. The Corgi needs to be involved with family life as they are intelligent and easily trained. but are also easily bored and do not take to being confined to the back garden with little human contact. There are several variations of a typical temperament so it is beneficial that you talk to and meet as many Pembroke Corgis breeders as you can.
Before deciding on a puppy consider the following points.
- See both the sire and dam of the puppy and if possible the grandparents, also older siblings of the puppy,
- Is the environment in which the puppies are being reared clean, and do the puppies look healthy,
- Would the breeder be willing to offer help and advice should problems arise later with the puppy,
- Does the breeder raise the type of Corgi you would like and in a manner. which appears to be caring and conscientious?
- If you find after acquiring your puppy that it is unsuitable for whatever reason to your requirements would the breeder take the puppy back.
Ask the breeder about vaccinations and worming. Are there any known health concerns in this bloodline.
Has the puppy been seen by a veterinarian and given a clean bill of health?
Would it be sensible to have a dog neutered and a bitch spayed – find out the cost of performing these operations. as they can be expensive especially spaying.
Look around before buying.
Only buy from a breeder who you consider reliable and ethical and raises puppies in a healthy environment, as only then can you be sure of the genetic health behind the puppy.
Tell the breeder what you expect/hoping to achieve with the puppy, what your lifestyle is like and anything else you think the breeder should know. Often the breeder will want to quiz you on your suitability as the owner of one of their Corgis; most breeders want to make sure that their puppies are being placed in an environment that suits the puppy.
Choosing your puppy.
It has been said that ‘the puppy for you will find you’ but this is not necessarily the case. Go to see the litter on two separate occasions if possible as the puppy that seems lethargic may have been playing and is now ready for a nap and the litter mates who are full of life have just woken from theirs.
A good breeder knows their puppies and may be able to make a suggestion as to which puppy would suit your lifestyle.
Keep in contact with the breeder.
Caring breeders are always interested to hear about their puppies, and should be the first to know if you encounter any problems. Breeders provide a good source of information on health care, diet and training.
Owning a Corgi (or any animal) is a commitment. So should you find yourself unable to continue this commitment, please do not abandon your Corgi to any rescue service. Instead contact the breeder who will do their best to help find your Corgi a new home.