We recently decided to adopt a Pembroke corgi and thought a female would blend better

 with our two male cats.  We are not sure that is the way to go since we've recently read

 that female corgis are the more dominant.  I would appreciate any feedback on the subject.

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Hi Josie, it really depends on that particular corgi, every corgi have different personality, it might be better to assess your lifestyle and see what your ideal dog would be and go from there.
I have two cats and my female does fine with them, usually the cats let the dog know who is boss. especially since the puppy is very small when you bring it home to the cats. If it were a grown dog I would be more worried. Just make sure the cats have some where to go that the pup can't get at them that way they get some relief from the chasing. My older cat that was full grown when the puppy came home let her know right away!!!! Swatted at her every time she walked passed, I was mad at the cat back then but now I see he was just setting a presidence, because Quin doesn't mess with the cat now.
Like Sam said: it's not the gender so much as the pup's and the cats' personalities. I found a very mellow boy to introduce to my 12 year old cats. Even so, it took them a bit to get used to each other.

If you are only planning on ever having one dog at a time, the sex of the dog really doesn't matter.  If you are using an experienced breeder, my best advice would be to tell the breeder your personality and lifestyle and let them pick the puppy for you.   We went to the breeder asking for a female and she kept telling us that based on what we were looking for, a male would be the better choice and that's what we ended up with.


If you will eventually have two corgis, in general (again every dog is different) it is easier to get the male first.  Generally speaking, males are fairly welcoming of females coming into the home; the opposite is not always true.


The breeder we got ours from has been breeding Corgis for 30 years and said if she was forced to have just one dog, it would be a male.  I cynically thought that perhaps a little bit of what she was saying was based on the fact that she had a lot of male puppies and only a few females.  However, when we got our second Corgi from her and we all knew it would be a female, she told us the same thing!  For what it's worth, both of mine are very sweet and my girl is actually more submissive and more cuddly, while my boy is quite stubborn and dominant.  However, the female more or less looks to make herself happy while the male lives to please us and would lay down his furry life for us.  If we are on a walk and the dogs think something is threatening, Jack is right out in front to face down the "challenge" whilst Maddie hides behind our legs.  I think if we were ever threatened for real, Maddie would hide to save herself and Jack would try to protect us.  Just my perception.    The way the breeder put it was that males are "What can I do for you?" and females are more like "What have you done for me lately?"


Both of mine are ok with the cat.  The male was raised with cats and the female wasn't, so it's unfair to compare the two in that regard.

By the way, within a species (dog-dog or cat-cat) it's true that opposite sexes often work best.  But between dogs and cats, I don't really think the sex matters.
I have found that males (of ANY species, dog, cat, horse, etc) are much easier to work with. As Beth said, females tend to be more along the lines of "what have you done for me lately" whereas males just want to make you happy in any way they can. Overall, males seem to be a bit goofier and lacking in the common sense department but I think that just adds to their overall charm :-)

I don't really think sex will matter in regards to how he/she will act towards the cats, it really just depends on the dog. If you don't have a preference for either sex I would just let your breeder suggest which puppy would be the best fit for your household.


My boys were both raised with my female cat, but will still bother her if given the chance. She just doesn't stand her ground very well and then they think it's a fun chase game. My mom's cat however, Henry is terrified of lol.

I have a male corgi, and he equally torments all of our cats with no discrimination whether they are male or female.  I don't think gender really makes much of a difference regarding the cat-dog dynamic.


Torri is very good with cats.  If they take a swat at her, she leaves them alone.  She is very easy-going and gentle with cats.

I don't think the sex of the puppy is the issue.  The personalities of the puppy and of the cats are far more important.  They all need a "safe" place to escape each other.  And the puppy's safe place needs to be somewhere it can sleep and grow - away from the floor traffic, but close enough to observe it.


Three things I would recommend. Make sure you have a responsible breeder.  Tell him/her your living and family situation and listen closely about what puppy they recommend to you.  Don't get a dog unless you have loads of time and love and direction to give it EVERY day.  Dogs are a lot more hands on than cats.


I have two corgis, both males, same parents, 11 months apart.  The breeder told me the males will get along better than two females; or a male with a female who arrives 2nd.  Females tend to be alpha in the living situation.  (We took care of a neighbor's female corgi for a couple of weeks.  She tried to take over the place!  And not without incident!)  Our older corgi adjusted to the new brother in an afternoon, once we showed him that he was first and would be getting as much food and attention as ever - and he would receive it BEFORE his younger brother did.


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