Dogs deserve their title of man’s (or woman's) best friend. And a corgi is one of the best choices you can make. Choosing the right pet for you is fun, but takes time, planning, and lots of research.
Here’s everything you need to know about getting your very own corgi.
1. Things To Consider Before Getting a Corgi
The Pros • Corgis Have Lots Of Energy One of the best reasons to get a dog is because of the energy they can bring to you home. You’ll love having this little firecracker of a pet, and it will always be ready to play.
• Corgis Are Easy To Groom A short coat means less work for you. Combing and grooming is simple to maintain, leaving you lots of time to enjoy playing with your pup.
• Corgis Are Good Watch Dogs Every good house needs protection, and a corgi will keep a watchful eye. While not as big as a Doberman or Husky, they are very aware of their surroundings, and know when things aren’t right.
• Corgis Are Good With People And Other Animals Corgis are adorable and make great family pets and loyal companions. While they can take a little warming up, once you’re bonded, you’re bonded for life.
And The Cons
• Corgis Need To Always Be Stimulated Corgis need lots to do, otherwise they become bored like a toddler would. You’ll need to have lots of activities ready to go, from walks and runs to toys and games. And make sure you’ve got lots of space for them to play.
• Corgis Shed (A Lot!) Because if they don’t have a long coat, the hair must be going somewhere! Consider having a vacuum cleaner on standby around the house, you’re going to need it.
• Corgis Are Territorial Because they are protective, they can be very territorial. Be careful not to have other pets intrude on their space when they need it – much as you don’t want someone barging unannounced into your bedroom.
• Corgis Can Be Destructive They love to show affections – but sometimes this can be through nipping, chewing or digging in places they shouldn’t. Be prepared to get your corgi into training early, to reduce the damage they can cause. And make sure you give them lots of walks and attention, to keep their mind away from destruction.
2. What Breed of Corgi Should I Get?
You can split corgi lovers into two groups: those who love Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and love who love Cardigan Corgis.
Pembrokes are your classic corgi. Cardigans are the rugged one. Think Tom Cruise vs Brad Pitt. Or a Labrador vs a Bloodhound. If you want to know all the differences: Read our guide.
FYI, bad breeders will sometimes try to pass off mixes (Pembroke cross Cardigans) as Pembroke Cardigans. This is not a real purebred breed. This doesn’t make the corgi bad. And indeed, they can still make fine pets. They’re just not the purebred you are being told you are getting.
3. How Much Will A Corgi Cost?
This is the age old question. You want a corgi but don’t want to break the bank as well. It is possible to get a corgi for as low as $100 and for well more than $2000. Most sit around a couple of hundred dollars. Here’s a few factors that may help you decide what path you’ll go down.
• Whether it’s Pembroke or Cardigan Pembrokes are more popular, and therefore, more expensive. But it also comes down to what’s available in your area. Cardigans have been seen to go for higher in some locations because they are less bred, and thus, reducing the supply and raising the price. Corgi crosses are typically lower in price than Pembroke Welsh or Cardigan corgis.
• Your Breeder and Breed Quality A reputable breeder will charge more than a backyard breeder (and it is ABSOLUTELY worth the price! We’ll talk more on that later).
An affordable option can be your local animal shelter, who will occasionally get in adult corgis and can go for around $100.
The higher the quality of breed, the more you will likely be paying. If you want to do dog shows, you should be looking at a purebred corgi. A purebred corgi will set you back roughly $500–$1000 (or in Europe: €750–€1200), with some going up to and over $2000.
• Location If you’re getting your corgi from another state or country, you may be slugged with shipping charges. Unless you can do the drive, you’ll need to find an airline that can take animals. We recommend going out to your corgi wherever possible. In the US, expect to pay $250–$400, with varying prices around the world.
There’s also the costs of looking after your corgi:
• Food & Shelter You’re looking at around $30–$50 a month to feed your corgi. This depends a lot on how big it ends up being, and the quality of food you are feeding it (make sure it’s healthy and nutritious!). And don’t forget dog blankets or a dog house and bed if they’ll be outside.
• Activities If you’re not able to walk your corgi every day, you may end up needing to fork out for a dog walker. Outside of this, you’ll need to buy a few toys to keep them busy. No need to go overboard, but enough to have them occupied if you need to leave the house.
• Health Your corgi should have had their vaccinations and worming by the breeder before you got it. You must also get registration and change of ownership forms. These are all covered by the cost of getting your corgi.
It’s important to ensure these are done, as it’s not unheard of to pay thousands of dollars in surgery. And this is not including time in rehabilitation and vet visits. Make sure everything is in order upfront! Your corgis health and your wallet depends on it.
4. Wait… Should I (Really) Get A Corgi?
A corgi is a long term commitment. But it can also mean a long term of love and joy. But this mean you need to think before buy. Thousands of dogs are abandoned every single year because owners stopped caring about them.
You also need to consider if a corgi is the right dog for you. If you don’t have a lot of space, it might not be the right option. They love short walks, cuddles and your friendship. Like a perfect romantic partner! So if you’re after a great family companion, something frisky for the kids, or a loving pet for an older perfect the corgi might be up your alley.
5. Where Can I Get A Corgi?
There’s lots of places you can get a corgi, you just need to know where to look!
Adult Corgis The corgi is not quite yet a common breed. They do, on occasion, end up is rescues – often because owners have had to move or there’s been changes in the family. We absolutely encourage you to get your corgi at a rescue if you can – you’re saving the life and giving a home to someone who deserves love and compassion.
• IN THE USA Adult corgis can be found in rescue groups. Other great places to check in with are the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America (PWCCA) and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Rescue Trust (CWCNRT). They are the specialists in dealing with Pembroke and Cardigan corgis respectively.
Another great resource is PetFinder.com – a listing service of dog rescues across the country, which may be able to point you which way to find your corgi.
• IN THE UK The best place to check is with your local Kennel Club. Look them up on line and pay them a call.
• AROUND THE WORLD Most countries have registered associations that you can check with about adopting an older corgi. Try doing a Google search for “adopt a corgi” + your local area e.g. “adopt a corgi Japan”.
Corgi Puppies Corgi puppies are a hot commodity. It seems like everyone wants one – and we can see why! However, thankfully, this doesn’t mean breeders have gone wild. You will still likely have to go on a (long) waiting list – but that makes it all the more worthwhile when you get to take your corgi home.
• IN THE USA Start your search with the American Kennel Club website. They have a huge list of reputable breeders and can get you in contact with all of them.
Much like older corgis, we also recommend the PWCCA and the CWCCA for more information. You can also find regular corgi events across the country, and many areas have local breeding clubs that can help you out.
• IN THE UK Again, like older corgis, first check with your local Kennel Club.
• AROUND THE WORLD Lots of countries have puppies for sale from breeders in your country. Try doing a Google search for “corgi breeder” + your local area e.g. “corgi breeder Japan”. It is possible to get corgis from overseas, but check with your local animal laws first.
Final Word of Warning about finding a breeder Remember to be patient. Like having a baby, bringing a new corgi into your home is a long but rewarding process. Don’t rush things because you’re exciting. Take your time and find the right breeder.
Avoid buying your corgi from a pet store, puppy mill, or backyard breeder. They are in it for the money (or ended up with the puppy by chance) and not in it for the well-being of the animal and the breed.
A bad website doesn’t necessarily mean a bad breeder, and on the flip side, a good website does not mean a good breeder.
6. How Do I Pick The Right Corgi Breeder?
It can be hard to choose the right breeder, with so many options are there. Here are a few questions you can ask them, to make sure they are they are reputable, and the right breeder for you.
A. Do They Sell To Anyone? A breeder who sells to everyone is a breeder who should sell to no one. A good breeder will ask you questions about: your life, your knowledge of the breed, and your ability to look after them. This is to ensure you are a good fit.
B. How Will They Get The Puppy To You? A good breeder will encourage you to go out and meet them (and your corgi) before they sell to you. If you’re breeder is all too happy to through your pup on a plane with barely a conversation, be very wary, and be prepared to walk away.
C. Are The Puppy’s Parents Healthy? Upfront tests are expensive, but so are vet bills for the next ten years if you’ve got an unhealthy pup!
You want your breeder to ensure that the puppy’s parents has had all its tests. In particular, tests for von Willebrand disease (vWD) and Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). You also want tests by the Orthopaedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), and the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF). This is because the eyes and hips are some of the first areas to see problems in corgis. A good breeder will pick parents to maximise healthy traits, and minimise health risks.
D. Are Prices Fair? It can be a warning sign if the price is too low or too high. A good breeder is aware of the market price, and will also demand reasonable prices for their efforts. If the price is off, you could be dealing with a puppy mill or backyard breeder. Also, high prices do not necessarily mean good health. Always check that separately.
E. Are Their Litters Appropriately Spaced? Looking after corgis is hard work. And a good breeder only has so much time, so litters will be need to be spaced out. If there’s too many litters in too little time, you probably don’t have a good breeder on your hands.
F. Should The Mother Be Having Puppies? A reputable breeders will wait until mothers are at least 2–3 years old to have their first litter of puppies.
OFA tests need to wait until the dog is 2 years old, so parents should be older than this, and have records to prove it. Genetic issues can surfaces beyond the puppy stage, so it’s worth the wait.
Always try to see the mother is you can. A good breeder will have nothing to hide, and if they’re not the owner of the mother, should still be able to show you records, history, and certifications.
G. Is The Puppy Old Enough? We recommend that you not buy a puppy under 10 weeks of age. A breeder who sells younger than 8 weeks this risks the chance of health issues, or developmental issues. This is because the puppy should spend that time with its mother and the rest of the litter. Ensure your puppy is weaned, healthy, ready and alert, and feels confident in going back to your home. Avoid a puppy that appears snappy, shy, or sick – especially if that appears to be a common trait in the litter.
H. Will They Help You Settle Your Corgi Into Its New Home? A good breeder will not only help you pick the right pup, it will also help you in acclimatising it to its new home. They will also ensure you’ve got all the information you need to properly take care of your corgi.
The right breeder will also be open to taking phone calls later down the line if your corgi has problems. Because it’s not just a business deal, it’s an open invitation to the family.
I. What’s Their Environment Like? You want to ensure that the corgi has come from somewhere clean and friendly. Anything that triggers unease in you can be a warning sign.
Once you’ve picked a breeder, get to know them and build a relationship. You need to prove to them you are ready to be a corgi mum or dad. Visit as many as possible to ensure you’re making the right decision.
Once you’ve pick a breeder, it’s time to pick your corgi. :
7. How Do I Pick The Right Corgi?
Picking the right corgi for you is an important part of your journey to dog ownership. Here are some tips to point you in the right direction
Talk To Your Breeder Let your breeder know why you want a corgi, what your life is like, what your plans are for the corgi, and what your home is like. If you need the dog to do a special task (like trick or to help someone), let them know. A breeder will be able to recommend a pup for you.
Ask About Health You’ve already checked for the litters about health, but you need to check for your individual pup. How are their eyes and hips? Have they had their tests, worming, vaccinations? Any health concerns in the family? Has a vet checked them?
Watch For Temperament and Behaviour You don’t need to buy the first that runs up to you, but it can be a good sign. Where possible, inspect the litter twice. Don’t miss your future best friend just because he was tired one day from running around in the morning.
8. How Do I Look After My Corgi?
Here’s a quick FAQ list of frequently asked questions about looking after and taking care of your corgi friend.
How Do I Groom My Corgi? A corgis coat is short but thick. It doesn’t need much trimming, but they do need lots of brushing to get rid of excess hair. And be aware of shedding. It can come in waves and very quickly. Brush every day you can!
It’s worth checking in with a vet about dental and nail maintenance. They’ll be able to help with any clipping and brushing.
What Do Corgis Need For Play? Corgis get bored easy. Make sure you have lots of space for them to run around. Some chew toys, ropes, or ball can come in handy. Otherwise it might be the furniture.
How Much Exercise Does A Corgi Need? Corgis need lots of exercise. They were first bred to work, and they’ve still got that spirit. Don’t let them get overweight, especially because of their health issues. An hour a day is about what you want, both on and off the lead.
What Should I Feed A Corgi? A high-quality meat diet is the best way to feed your corgi. You can also look at dry food, with meat and vegetable mixes. Puppies can be on formula until they are old enough.
Should I Get Two Corgis, To Keep Each Other Entertained? Maybe! While two puppies from the same litter can bond well, it’s the equivalent effort of raising twins. It may be better to get one first, and get it housebroken, before getting a second.
What shots (vaccinations) should my corgi get? Your breeder should be responsible for all of your puppy’s shots. For all other shots, like for bugs or pest control, speak with your vet for their recommendations. Your puppy should avoid contact with other dogs until two weeks after their third set of shots.
How long will it take to house-train my Corgi puppy? A puppy should be house-trained after about six months, but this varies from dog to dog and the time put into training them.
Should I spay/neuter/desex my corgi? Absolutely! Your vet will be able to advise the best time for this. Pets who have had this done live longer and healthier lives, and are at lower risk of health problems.
Well, that’s it! There’s everything you need to know about getting your loveable new companion and friend for life, the corgi!