Do Corgis enter adolescence at the same time as a small breed pup (4-10 mos) or a large breed pup (6-12 mos.) ???

Lulu is 4 months and beginning to show signs of Teenager behavior (oh no, already?)

What have others experienced?


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Large breed BUT Corgis can be pushy, bossy dogs and the pups can be a little, um, "opinionated" as soon as they get comfortable with their surroundings.

Tug games, boxes to shred, frequent walks, micro-training sessions scattered through the day, and proper confinement will be your friends. :-). This too shall pass.

I agree with Beth. I start as soon as they get home with the gently "boundaries" Positive and consistent training including some planned ignoring work quite well. Mine also like empty pop bottles with the cover on tightly to drag a round. Enjoy:)

Look into classes near you. Look for trainers that are positive and using fun as part of their training. It will help you through this stage a great deal.


Our Corgi will be one next week, and I've found that keeping him busy makes him a great dog.  I kennel him morning and afternoon, but walk him at lunch.  I take him to obedience twice a week, agility once a week and the dog park approx two days.  It sounds like a lot, but it ends up being one hour a day, and I'm sure the older he gets, the more he will slow down and not need this level of activity.  I also bring him for car rides whenever I have to drop a kid off somewhere, and do little training sessions during the day and sometimes play ball in the living room.  Also, our Sonny LOVES raindeer antlers to chew on and femur bones and tire/rope toys.  He usually falls asleep by 8 or 9pm on the couch next to someone whose watching TV.  We also had a foster dog over the winter and they played alot together, so they were both tired at the end of the day.     GOOD LUCK, enjoy your dog :)

Thanks for the answers.

I was asking at what age do Corgi pups go through adolescence. (Not what to do with the behaviors.)

The first response stated LARGE breed, meaning later. YES??

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This chart is based on tooth and bone growth, sexual maturity and other factors related            to maturity. It is not exact but is a fairly accurate comparison. Larger breeds of            dogs have a shorter life span and smaller dogs have a longer one but a small dog            may mature more quickly in the first few years and a large dog more slowly.

Sorry, I had scanned the answers/questions and didn't focus on what you were really asking :(  maybe this chart helps :)

So, if a one-year-old corgi = approximately a 15-year-old human, when is the best time to spay a female corgi?

@Carolyn...don't look for him to start slowing down any time soon.  I have a 10 and 12 year old and they only started slowing down in the past year or 2.  Max (12) more so because he has physical problems but he can still run circles around me and that damn squirrel knows he needs to move that bushy tail damn fast to get up the tree.

You know, I've seen a noticeable change in my corgi's energy Drive lately.  He will be 2 at the end of July.  He still plays fast and hard when he has the chance to, but is very calm when he doesn't have another dog to play with.  We have a lot of foster dogs come and go, and some like to play and others do not; he is getting very good at playing at THEIR energy level.  For example, our last foster was young, but did not like to play rough, so our dog seemed to tone down his play to suit the other dog.  Now we have a 15 year old foster who doesn't really like to play at all, but likes to wander around the yard etc......our dog follows him and in general seems to just like his company.  This is our first corgi, and I am discovering they are remarkably adaptable to the situation they are in, and SO SO smart ..... I swear he can read my mind :)

Linda, my old boy too ;) the only thing slowing him down are his ACLs which have a chronic partial tear. He does fine 85% of the time if I just ease him into the long walls and hard plays. But the other day we had a flock of Arctic Terns dive bombing us on the beach, Buddha had enough and started leaping at them and chasing down the beach LoL! He was sore a couple days. But he still acts like a 5-6yr old boy.
And yeah, squirrels and chipmunks beware!

We now have a Corgi who'll be turning 2 in a few days. Our Corgi was crazy energetic, rambunctious and getting into trouble for the 1st 10 months of her life. I couldn't even sit down on the sofa for the first 10 months because she would be constantly barking, jumping, and full of energy. Suddenly at age 10 months, after we had been away for a week for a trip, she suddenly calmed down ... a lot. The first night she calmed down, we thought she was sick. But it turns out she just outgrew her terrible adolescent stage! Thereafter, she's much more calm, and even quite affectionate, almost a lap dog sometimes. So it was at 10 months for us that our Corgi had a 360 degree turnaround in her craziness. She's still full of energy and playful when appropriate, but she's settled down quite a bit and become more manageable at home. Don't worry...those terrible "teen years" will pass. I thought it never would...(what did I get myself into?!) ...but they do get better.  Nowadays, our 1 year old Maltese is almost more naughty and rambunctious than our Corgi!


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