With travel at a halt right now, my husband and I are spending a lot (and I mean A LOT) of time together with our Corgis and taking them on small adventures closer to home. So, I am dedicating a post to tell you about our two best friends!
We have two Pembroke Welsh Corgis named Gatsby and Daisy. Gatsby is a 5 year old red-headed tri-colored Corgi and he’s my little royal superstar. And, Daisy is a 3 year old red Corgi with snack time as her favorite time of the day, and she is daddy’s little girl. They’re both full of energy and can be a handful at times, but they bring so much joy in our lives!
In the way of background – There are two types of Corgis: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The most popular is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi which is most well-known by Queen Elizabeth II. Welsh legend says the fairies and elves of the land would use Corgis to pull their coaches to travel through the land and you can even see the saddle marks on their bodies. The Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis each have their own distinct color patterns and markings, and even some differences in personality. If you are thinking about getting a Corgi, I recommend checking out the AKC website for more information on Corgis and reputable breeders. So…what are the best reasons to own a Corgi?
- Corgis are wonderful family dogs and companions.
I tell people that Gatsby and Daisy are our fur children and we’re their PAWrents. They’re super loyal and always strive to please their humans. Since we have been working at home, our pups keep a close eye on us. We often find them laying next to our chair while we work or staring at us intensely with puppy eyes hoping we would give them a piece of our snack.
2. Corgis are your own personal home alarm system and/or guard dog
Understandably, they can become very protective of their family. They do not mess around when it comes to their home and humans’ security. Even package deliveries are announced. Gatsby and Daisy alerts us daily when the UPS and/or Fedex truck has arrived in the neighborhood. They like to stay in the same room and rarely lets us out of their sight. If you were approaching our front door and didn’t know they were Corgis on the other side of the door, you would think they were two large dogs barking and ready for invasion. We rarely use our apartment installed security system!
3. Corgis need a routine and can help you stick with yours
Training and discipline are a must in your Corgi’s day-to-day lives. Our Corgis have also trained my husband to wake up at 7AM every morning (including weekends) to feed them breakfast. And they only wake up my husband because they know mom needs her beauty sleep. I find it hilarious, but my husband does not. Gatsby and Daisy also helps us stay active even during pandemic quarantine times. We try to take them on two 30+ minutes long walks each day and to the dog park when the weather is nice. Ohh be careful how loud you say ‘doggie parks’ and/or ‘doggie day camp!’ Their ears perk up and all eyes are on you!
4. Corgis are outgoing social dogs and make friends wherever they go.
Gatsby and Daisy are very social dogs in our neighborhood and at the dog park. To be honest, it’s how my husband and I have made wonderful friendships with our neighbors. There’s been so many times where someone would drive by as we’re taking a walk, roll down their windows and yell ‘I love your Corgis!’ or ‘your Corgis are so cute!’ They’re pretty used to the celebrity treatment, I suppose. What people don’t know is that Corgis can also be very sassy. They’ll tell you what they think if they disagree with you.
Not to brag, but they’ve even won the Pet Contest at our apartment complex!
5. Corgis are fun-sized and adaptable to their environments
Corgis are full of personality in small fluffy bodies. They’re small enough to fit into any living situation (apartment, house, etc) and are adaptable to their environments especially if you travel or move around a lot. We currently live in a 2-bedroom (1100 sq. ft) apartment with our two Corgis and it is just right for our little family. I also want to put out there that Corgis do need a lot of exercise as they are prone to get overweight quickly if their diet is not carefully monitored. Obesity can lead to hip joint problems and other health issues as they get older.
Here you go, these are my 5 best reasons to get a Corgi! If you have any questions you would like to ask me about Corgis, let me know in the comments below!