I see many questions asked regarding the shedding process of corgis. First and foremost I must say that corgis do shed copious amounts. It is part of owning this enchanted breed and something that one will have to accept. I will be happy to share some tips to manage the shedding a bit which may be helpful.
Feed a good quality food. Generally I recommend a food that does not contain corn in the first five ingredients. There is no "best" food. There are many good foods. A good diet is the basis for good health.
Fish oil in a dogs food is also beneficial in making sure they have plenty of omega oils.
Groom regularly. General brushing does help evenly distribute the natural oils in the coat. This also removes loose hair. Frequent grooming will help remove other debris that may be lurking in the dense area of your dogs coat. The hands on sessions will also make you aware of any new lumps, bumps or any changes your dogs body may have.
Use proper grooming tools. I love my greyhound comb. Has wider tines on one end and narrower on the other. I usually work in sections, push the coat against it growth pattern and comb. This allows you to get deep down to the skin. Make sure to be gentle. I like a rake when they are blowing coat. This is a small t-handle tool with short tines on it. Short, brisk strokes does well to remove lots of hair. I like using a soft slicker on the britches after combing them out. Makes them look fabulous!
Furminator. This tool is also great for getting out dead coat. Do be aware that is also does seem to pull out viable coat as well. Some people love thinning out the coat, others like their full coat.
Bathing with warm water helps loosen the dead and dying coat. If your dog is tolerant of a blow dryer this is another great way to get rid of unwanted hair. Do not use a human hair dryer unless it blows cool. May find it best to do this outside as the hair flies everywhere!
Shaving. This does not alter the amount of hair the dog sheds but makes the "fallout" much shorter. I do not choose to shave my dogs nor do I recommend it. Shaving the coat can cause great irritation to the skin. Shaving the coat takes the dogs natural insulation away which protects it from the elements. Also opens the skin to bug bites and irritants when coming in contact with plants, branches and brush. Some dogs do not grow back very well and loose the nice coat they had prior to the shave.
Shed stop supplements are generally little more than omega oils. Truly a waste of money. Quality food and fish oil (salmon oil is best) will give your dog the extra boost he needs to have a nice coat.
Lastly keep in mind that if you wish to own a corgi you will have a dog that sheds. This is a natural progression in the growth of a healthy coat. Do your grooming and vacuum/sweep regularly. Keep a lint roller on hand. Covers for the furniture and car seats will also help keep the hair to a minimum. Happy grooming!

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Comment by Jen on February 2, 2010 at 11:06pm
so very funny that you mention a lint roller. i went through 5 sheets this morning getting zoeys fur off my sweatshirt!
Comment by Debby on January 23, 2010 at 3:18pm
I use a furminator on Cody and it works great. I only get a half bag of fur every other day! You use it once every day for the first week and then only once a week after that. His fur is gorgeous, silky, softy and so shiny. He loves his daily brushing! He will actually turn over for me to do the other side! He is so funny!
Comment by Patricia, Beauregard, and Tegan on October 14, 2009 at 2:14am
When you just want to give up, you can always have your Corgi's hair spun into yarn!

Comment by jeff cox on September 9, 2009 at 9:39pm
as much hair we clean up you thank he be bold
Comment by Judi, Dawn, Soffie & Griffyn on August 11, 2009 at 5:59pm
Thanks Sam, This was a very informative post!
Comment by LuvMyCorgis on July 25, 2009 at 11:34pm
What does a "plain old plastic ball ended people brush" look like?
Comment by KyraMoonUnique on July 17, 2009 at 2:40am
I have found that using a plain old plastic ball ended people brush works best for ein. I feel stupid for wasting the money on the shead ender. yah i works but you have to brush for hours and he doesn't really like it much.
Comment by Nancy Geddes on June 18, 2009 at 7:22pm
Thanks Sam - very well stated. I can only marvel at all the hair. The pack gets good food, fish oil capsules, lots of tender grooming and it does take time - time well spent. All the best from hot and humid Williamsburg, VA!
Comment by Ann on June 18, 2009 at 10:03am
Lot of success with Furminator during CoCo's full blown shed (only 2 times per yr) coupled with extra baths. Also, tried Furminator when not in a full blown shed and get very little hair out. This tool is pretty much the only one that CoCo tolerates. Use Nupro Gold on vet's recommendation...makes coat very healthy/shiny. At 6 months, Bear has yet to shed. My guys love to kill the vacuum too, as well as, the push lawn mower, shovels, rakes, and the squeeking ironing board. It's all about having fun. Ironically, CoCo won't take on the large snapping turtles migrating across the lawn to lay eggs. She provides a minimum buffer space of 2 feet.
Comment by Jenna, Jasper and Cersei on June 18, 2009 at 9:28am
At what age do puppies start shedding a lot? Jasper is 21 weeks and I've been bracing myself for "the big shed" but haven't noticed Jasper shedding all that much. His coat definitely feels coarser than it used to. Maybe I've just been desensitized by my first dog (Akita mix), who is a ridiculous shedder.

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