I am wanting to start a blog about responsible dog ownership. I talk a lot about responsible dog ownership on Reddit and I find myself writing the same things over and over. It will be easier and more thorough for me to write a blog that I can reference!
For one of my posts, I want to write an overview on owning Corgis for those thinking about adopting. Our midget pals are growing more popular with the Royal Wedding and all that, and as you know, Corgis really aren't for everyone. If I can prepare future owners for the task they face, I can go to sleep a happy owner.
So, what are things you wish you knew about Corgis before bringing one home? Anything. Temperament issues, health issues... whatever!
UPDATE: Since this thread was resurrected, thought I would put a link to the finished product: Own Responsibly: The Comprehensive Corgi Guide- A Resource for New ...
@ S, G & P - LOL, I've crated my children until they got married...and none of them are married yet!
There is an unofficial group that doesn't actually exist called the Lesser Corgi Society. It's aim is to portray Corgis in a poor light so that people won't want them and thus Corgis will avoid what has happened to other noble breeds that become too popular. I tend to subscribe to that idea.
I find when people ask about corgi pals that if I merely emphasize the ridiculous amount of shedding that goes on, that most people lose interest in those sweet eyes and happy smile pretty quickly. But if pressed I'm happy to talk about how much I love Corgis, what great pals they are when they are not nipping heels or herding small children, what a joy it is to have them smile and drool on you while you eat, how since they don't have tails people think you are cruel for having them docked. And then the shedding. I suggest that a quality Corgi will be expen$ive or it will surely to be riddled with health issues, and "oh, and be sure to buy one of those $500 Dyson vacuums 'cause you're gonna need it." ;-)
Yup. Scare me away, I agree with that theory too! (I go to Burning Man for 7 years now and I always tell people the worst things first.) I am flinching and cringing but plan to get my vacuum while waiting till I can get my puppy. I'd rather be prepared for the worst and the things I am not prepared for!
Corgis will punch you in the knees HARD and try to give you an ACL injury. I think secretly they have some sort of deal with orthopedic surgeons to bring in clients. In line with the injury they will more than likely have muddy feet when doing this. Thus, your pants from the knees down will be covered in muddy prints accented with tons of shed fur stuck to said mud. You will notice at herding trials with corgis that every single person will be mud covered from the knees down. Oh, and if you are lucky enough to have one of the rare corgis who doesn't jump (I've heard tall tales of these mythical corgis) they will still be very wet (and muddy) which will be tracked in the house.
Wet weather and corgis is definitely something I never thought about when adopting one. I grew up with GSD and they're tall enough only their feet get wet. Dry the feet off and in the house they come. Corgis on the other hand are soaked all down their chest, legs and feet. Of course if they had a good frap then they are soaked from head to nubbin from running through wet shrubs and rolling in wet grass and better yet, splashing in mud puddles. And with a dog covered in mud this means many more baths.