The Corgi is a little herding dog with a big personality. They make great pets, and many dog lovers are looking to adopt a Corgi.
They’re clever little dogs, beloved over the ages by royalty and commoners alike. For starters, their guarding and herding abilities are superb. And, in modern times, dog lovers have found Corgis to be playful and loyal family pets. On top of that, they’re great with kids and love rough and tumble play.
So, if you want to know more about this fantastic breed, or are looking for Corgis for adoption, we have you covered.
The official name for the Corgi is the Welsh Corgi, and there are two types: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, respectively named after the two counties in Wales where they originated. Although both Pembroke and Cardigans are thought to have at least one common ancestor, they have been considered two very different breeds by both British and American kennel clubs since the 1930s. If you plan to adopt a Corgi, you’ll want to know the differences between them.
Types of Corgis
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older breed of the two breeds. They sport a mottled coat of many colors, including red, sable, brindle, black, and white. They also have long bushy tails like a fox. It’s believed the Norse brought them to Wales as far back as 1200 B.C. for herding sheep and geese.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the golden and white dog we often associate with Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch has owned many Corgis since her father bought her the first puppy, named “Dookie.” Although usually tan in color, sometimes they’ll have darker patches of sable and black. Flemish immigrants brought the Pembroke to Wales in the 10th century. Now, this the dog most Americans think of when they say they want to adopt a Corgi.
If you have your heart set on a Welsh Corgi, It’s possible to bypass the breeder or pet store and adopt a Corgi instead. People rarely abandon purebred dogs like Corgis because of their high price tag. Yet it does happen. Sometimes, a guardian passes away or is otherwise unable to care properly for their pet. And sadly, ones that aren’t “Kennel Club Perfect” enough to show or breed, wind up with a rescue group.
Depending on the pedigree, purchasing a purebred Welsh Corgi puppy can cost up to $2,000. For serious dog breeders and dog show enthusiasts, this may seem like an investment. But for the average dog lover, it seems a bit much to pay, even with all that charm. Although finding an adoptable Corgi or Corgi mix takes time, it’s well worth the wait. Plus, it allows you to invest patience instead of money.
What To Consider With Welsh Corgi Adoption
Corgis are highly active and very intelligent, and like other working dogs, they need a “job” to keep them busy. Herding and hunting dogs have been bred for hundreds of years to work in the field. Sometimes those instincts need to checked by guardians before they become destructive behavior. Those who adopt a Corgi should be willing to spend time with them outdoors. They need lots of supervised play and activities that keep them engaged.
Corgis are herding dogs and may be natural “heelers.” This means that they may try to nip or nudge at the heels of other pets or small children when the instinct kicks in. As dog behavior specialist Cesar Millan notes, we need to keep the Corgi personality in mind. In this case, a Corgi’s not being aggressive and we shouldn’t punish them for doing their job. He also says herding dogs need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to keep this behavior under control.
Like most dogs, Corgis aren’t high maintenance in and of themselves. But fastidious owners who adopt a Corgi may find that regular grooming will help prevent a layer of hair on the furnishings. Ellen Clary of The Golden Gate Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fanciers club says:
“Corgis are Olympic quality shedders. This is good. One Corgi will shed enough to assemble another Corgi in about a week. There are never too many Corgis.”
Corgis love to eat and will even nag their owners for more food. They can gain weight quite easily if they eat too much and don’t get enough exercise, and this can cause problems with their backs and hips.
Corgis make great watchdogs because they’re quite vocal. They are wary of strangers and will alert you to any potential danger by barking. If you adopt a Corgi, you’ll find they’re quite chatty and like to talk: to you, to other pets, to each other, and even to themselves.
Finding a purebred Welsh Corgi for adoption won’t be easy. That’s why open-minded prospective pet parents might want to consider a mixed-breed Corgi. This can result in a very special dog with its own personality and unique appearance.
A corgi-husky mix adoption is often a popular option. Although they are both on opposite ends of the size scale, they’re actually closely related. They’re both “Spitz” type dogs with similar fur, face shapes, and ears. This group also includes Keeshonds, Chow Chows, Samoyeds, Shiba Inus, Pomeranians, and American Eskimo dogs.
In fact, a mixed breed is probably the better choice for a healthy pet when you adopt a Corgi. Purebred dogs often have health problems because inbreeding compounds the damage of congenital defects.
Although humans have been directing the evolution of dogs for over 4,000 years to mold them into better companions and working dogs, modern breeding standards over the last 200 years have done them more harm than good.
It’s one thing to breed for better temperament or athletic ability; it’s another entirely to breed for some purely aesthetic aberration. Welsh Corgis come with a handful of genetic issues that you should be prepared to deal with.
- Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (Pembroke and Cardigan)
- Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) (Cardigan)
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (Cardigan)
- Blood Clotting Disorders (Pembroke)
How to Find Corgis for Adoption
There are a number of breed-specific rescue groups throughout the U.S. that focus on just one breed of dog or mixes with this breed. There are many Corgi rescues throughout the country. Many are organized by region, and some are even separated into Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Cardigan Welsh Corgi organizations.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America hosts a directory of rescue organizations devoted to the Pembroke on their website, and you’ll find a list of organizations to help you adopt a Corgi. They also have a listing of regional Pembroke Corgi clubs you can contact to find an adoptable pet.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Rescue Trust is also a good resource for finding a Corgi to adopt. They list dogs throughout the US and Canada, so transport may be necessary to get your new friend home.
Very frequently, purebred rescue groups will only adopt their available pets into homes in the nearby local area. When you adopt a Corgi, you’ll probably need to fill out a lengthy application, provide references from your veterinarian, allow home visits, and agree to a follow-up visit so they can ensure the dog is doing well and everything is as it should be. They work very diligently to protect all the animals in their care and want only to place animals in good, stable homes. Most rescue purebreds have already been abandoned or lost their guardians once, so all effort is made to keep this from happening to them again.
Along with Corgi rescues, you can also find one of these little bundles of energy from a local animal rescue. Many pet search engines allow you to sort by breed and then deliver a list of purebred and mixed dogs in shelters in your area where you can adopt a Corgi.
- Petfinder.com offers both “Corgi” and “Welsh Corgi” as a search option. Both options bring up a wide range of mixed-Corgi breed dogs.
- Adopt a Pet also lets you search for local adoptable Corgis, and provides both breed search options: Pembroke and Cardigan.
- Rescue Me! uses a map of the United States to locate your next best friend by clicking on your state for a list of available dogs. You can also follow them on Facebook to receive alerts to adopt a Corgi in your state.
Corgis are playful, energetic, and intelligent dogs full of life and character. Its no wonder so many prospective pet guardians consider a Corgi when adopt. Whether you have your heart set on a Pembroke or a Cardigan, you’re sure to find a loyal friend in the Welsh Corgi. Keep your mind open when you search to adopt a Corgi, too. You never know when an unlikely mixed or senior dog will steal your heart.
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