I know the breed info usually makes reference to about 12 years for corgi lifespan, but I'm wondering if folks here have experiences with much older corgis.  So, who has (or has known) the oldest corgi?  What are some tips for longevity?

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Biscuit says thank you! ^,,^

Know of a friend who had a pembroke till he was 15...the doggie was really wel taken care of in terms of exercise and food...food are all quality stuff, freshly cooked each meal!!

As for my max, he's two but I hope he can live till 20!!  Can't imagine life when he's gone for good....

I met a gorgeous trim corgi at the pet food store named Ginger. She is 15. Her sire was Howbout Leonard Bernstein. My corgis are now eating the same food as that beauty and I have vowed to get at least three pounds off my girl. My corgi as both eleven. They have definitely slowed down in the past year. I think they are retired from hiking.
Tip for longevity. Use a harness not a collar for the leash. Cover slippery floors with non-skid rugs. No jumping on and off furniture. Limit stairs. Use a seat belt. Do not over feed. All these things protect their backs.
I posted in this last year. My Corgi
Biscuit is still doing great... just had his 14th birthday last week.(:
He still sleeps much heavier than before but loves to get out for reasonable walks and rides in the car. His barking however is much worse than ladt year. Its hard to get him to stop once he gets going... its like he gets "lost" in barking. lol
we have had him on various freeze dried organic foods for years. He has been eating Sojo's this last year.Honest Kitchen before that.
The only difference in him this year is that he is peeing in the house several times a day and he NEVER ever did that his whole life. Sometimes he just stands in the middle of the room and pees like he doesnt even know he is doing it.
We thought about getting him diapers but its getting so hot now with Summer coming that we feel he would be too uncomfortable so bought a carpet shampooer instead. lol

I met some people with a corgi that was 20 a couple years ago. He no longer walked and they pulled him around in a wagon. Alas, my Sparty only made it to 13 before the cancer got him.

We lost our first corgi, Arnie, to cancer at age 9.  Max will be 11 next month and Katie just turned 9.   Katie is one of Max's sister's pups.  They are from the Heronsway line.  Max's sire is from S. Africa and Katie's is from the UK.  I agree with what Dawn said about diet, exercise and such.  Granted something unforeseen can take them from us much too early but we give them the best we can to hedge our bets. 

Max has a calcification in his neck but acupuncture keeps him being a happy, active corgi.  We built a ramp for him to go in and out, we also raised his food/water dishes...yes even for a stumpy legged dog it is recommended and the only time he does stairs is at night when he comes up to bed with me.  We found it was harder to keep him downstairs then to allow him that one trip up a day.  He is crate trained but has not been crated since we got him at age 5 and with all that was going on with his neck it just made him feel worse...like he had done something wrong.

I wish our 4 legged buddies would like as long as we do.  It hurts too much when they leave us.

I posted several times throughout the last few years on this thread re my corgi's age. .
Biscuit finally reached the point where I had to put him out of his suffering last Feb 2015. He was 16 1/2 . The last 3-4 months he couldn't walk at all with his back legs and he drug himself everywhere. He was almost completely blind and deaf. He was incontinent as well. However he still was happy loving and wonderful. And he never lost his appetites!!
When he reached the point of being in pain I finally had to let him go. The hardest thing Ive ever done and though I am so grateful for the long time I had with him...I still cry every day.

Pamela, you had quite a blessing there in Biscuit!  I'm truly sorry for your loss but what wonderful life of memories and Biscuit was a corgi to the very end which is so wonderful to read.

Our oldest, Moira, turns 16 this year.  I can't believe it.  And apart from a bout with struvites, she's pretty healthy.  She has spinal stenosis, our vet has been astonished at how mobile she is.  We give her ground alfalfa flake, tumeric, cranberry and chia seeds with her food.  In addition to Moira, Dundee is 13, Tank is 12, Riley is 9, Rainer is 6, Harmony is 6 and Aonghus is 2.

I rarely give treats and never give any human food aside from vegetables and I only put food in the dog dish because I find dog begging more annoying than some might. I also want to keep Sully healthy as long as possible so she gets fed once in the morning and once at night. I think it has been easy for me because Sully is motivated by attention as much as food but it really helps to know they have no emotional attachment to food and their bodies adjust to whatever amount of food they regularly eat. No guarantee of course, but I hope keeping her at the right weight will make it easier on her back as she ages. Even living an extra five years isn't worth it if she is in pain all the time. Luckily she is as happy being cuddled as having a snack. Also, I have an easy flexible schedule so her life is pretty easy.

Our very first Corgi, Cameron, is still in the game at 14 1/2. He's had a rough time of it, even though he came from a reputable breeder and has been on only good human grade food... 

An autoimmune disorder in his paws, making his nails terribly brittle and painful, a scary case of Leptospirosis before they vaccinated in this area, several toes amputated, cancer (twice in two different paws!), and obviously multiple surgeries.

He is such a good boy though, he is the vet techs' favorite because as much as he hates the vet, he is always compliant. He's always healed rapidly. Over the last year he has been tentatively diagnosed with DM due to losing the ability to use his right back leg, and to some extent his left back leg, but while remaining un-painful. He's pretty much all the way deaf, and we can tell his eyes are getting fuzzier.

But despite all of this, he is a bright, still very smart, happy boy. He's always just accepted whatever obstacles have come his way, and powered cheerfully on. He's traded chasing squirrels and bunnies through the yard with lounging on the deck, barking them away.  He does still occasionally motor himself out to the corners of the yard for some extra barking. :)

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