Life has been a little crazy. With the recent move, the selling of our house, and the new puppy, it’s safe to say I’ve been a little preoccupied.
But speaking of the new puppy, I think it’s time that you finally got introduced. Meet Reuben:
He’s 100% Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Yes, he’s full Corgi. Many people are thrown off by the Tri Color markings, but this is an accepted coloration recognized by the AKC. And if you know anything about Corgis you’ve got a pretty good idea of what his personality is like. We picked him up at the end of June from an amazing breeder that was super helpful. He was 9 weeks old and weighed about 7 pounds. He’s now 6 months old and weighs about 20 pounds!
It’s been amazing to see him grow and mature from a tiny puppy into a dog. Although I’ve had him for only a few months, it feels as though it’s been much longer. Reuben seemed to fit right in and become a part of the family.
I thought today’s post would be a good opportunity to share a few things that I’ve learned about Corgis because everything I’ve ever heard about the breed is accurate. Whether you’re interested in bringing a Corgi into your own home or you simply want to know more about the breed, continue reading.
You might think this is something that can be overlooked or that because a Corgi has short legs he won’t do much. While this may become true in his older age, as a puppy Corgis will be everywhere. Running around, playing, chewing—he’ll do it all especially during puppyhood.
But a healthy adult Corgi will be a high-energy dog as well. Corgis are active and require both physical and mental stimulation. Every day. If you’re not able to commit, you’ll need to find a different breed. Notice that I said both physical and mental stimulation. If you can’t provide both, you’ll have a destructive puppy in your home. A tired puppy is a behaved puppy.
Yes, there’s no denying that Corgis are funny little dogs. Reuben makes me laugh with his crazy antics. Like how he plays with his bed instead of sleeping on it. Or how he chases crickets and spiders when I take him out at night. Corgis are curious about the world around them and they want to know what everything is. Even if it means ingesting it.
Reuben follows me throughout the house, inspecting new areas and exploring new smells. Remember that this curiosity will cause Corgis to bite, sniff, and bark at things they don’t understand.
This is something that I have not fully experienced yet, but I know that it is coming. I have already begun to find “Corgi glitter” on my clothes and around the house. If you prefer to not have dog fluffies getting into every room of your home, you may need to consider a different, less furry breed.
However, if dog hair doesn’t bother you, a Corgi’s coat is beautiful. The dense undercoat is soft and thick and their topcoat is relatively good at repelling water and drying quickly. This makes for quick dry times after a bath.
Corgis are super smart which can be both good and bad.
Bad because you will have to find ways to outsmart them during their puppy stage training. They quickly learn where things are or try to get to that thing they’re not supposed to have.
On the other hand, potty training has been a breeze. It was amazing to see how quickly Reuben learned what to do. After just a few days he was well on his way to having this all-too-necessary skill under his belt. Sure there were accidents along the way, but he never struggled with the concept. Once we had a gameplan in place, the rest was easy.
In addition to house breaking, Reuben was also quick to learn his basic commands such as sit, down, and stay. Mind you he was learning these within the first week he was home. Needless to say, Reuben’s Corgi mind excelled in his Puppy Level 1 class at Petco.
The most endearing quality of a Corgi is their social nature. Reuben follows me from the living room to the kitchen and vice versa. The downside is that Corgis want to be wherever their people are, even when they can’t be.
This can pose problems such as separation anxiety and will require extra training and encouragement on your part. This is by no means a deal-breaker, but it is something you will need to be prepared for. Reuben was always a more aloof puppy, even when he was with his littermates. As a result, he hasn’t showed signs of separation anxiety, but he still likes to be around the action. To sum it up, if you want an affectionate dog, a Corgi would be a good option to consider.
Yes, Corgis are a vocal breed. Maybe not to the extent that hounds are, but they still know how to communicate. They will bark to get your attention, when they play, and to tell you off. Unlike other small breeds, a Corgi’s bark will resemble the bark of a larger breed dog with its deeper tone.
If you don’t want a dog that barks, you will either have to work with your Corgi on training him to be less (not completely) quiet or stick with another, quieter breed.
So I hope you’ve enjoyed a few Corgi facts and getting a proper introduction to Reuben. You’ll be seeing a lot more of him on the blog and social media. Thanks for reading. Have a great week!