The Way They Look When They’re Feeling Guilty
When corgis are feeling guilty, they drop their giant ears and look up at you with those pools of big brown eyes in a way that makes you want to instantly forgive whatever crime they’ve committed. To make it even harder to stay mad at them, they often roll over in ultimate supplication and turns their faces away in shame, as little sweetie pie in this viral video does after digging up the yard.
They’re Surprisingly Fast Runners
Don’t let those little legs fool you. Corgis are surprisingly fast since they have to be able to run twice as fast as the sheep or cattle in order to herd them. There are plenty of corgi racing events every year, and even a corgi racing society that keeps track of them. Corgi racing videos always go viral on the Internet, because it’s just too funny to watch their little sausage bodies go zoom. It’s also so much fun to race with one yourself in the park, even though the doggo will beat your every time.
They Love Other Dogs
Corgis are very sociable and they’re good with other animals, but they especially love other dogs. There are corgi meetups happening every month all across the country, where corgi owners bring their dogs together for an elegant gathering of hundreds of corgis, who greet one another by gently booping noses as though to say, “How do you do, sir?” Even when a fight breaks out it’s kind of funny because they look like two teddy bears trying to wrestle on their hind legs, and they always inspire tons of “This is Sparta” memes.
They Are So Fluffy
Yes, one of the only two flaws of the corgi is that they shed so much you can make another corgi out of one. Every time I sweep up my apartment it looks like Father Time blazed through the living room. But the upside is that they are oh-so-fluffy!
They Are Very Expressive
Whether they’re happy, sad, or surprised, you always know how your corgi feels based on his or her exaggerated facial expressions. And however they’re feeling, their cartoonish faces are always laugh-out-loud funny.
Corgis have great logistical and trouble-shooting skills since it takes a fair amount of analytical work to herd sheep. The challenge this presents is that they always need something to work on or some sort of task to accomplish, otherwise they’re liable to get bored and act out. Luckily, there are plenty of dog puzzles out there to occupy brilliant canines. And it’s a lot of fun having a smart dog! I taught mine how to play the shell game (in which you hide a little ball under three identical cups that are face-down and then shuffle them around and make so the player has to remember which one the ball is hiding under), and he wins two out of every three times. I’m pretty sure I could teach him chess if I really wanted to.
They’re Great Watchdogs
One of the major downsides of corgis is that this breed tends to bark a lot. On the upside, however, that along with the fact that they are very attentive and protective and never leave your side means they make the best bodyguards. And no thief will dare enter your house as the corgi will hear him coming and scare him off with his ferocious big-dog bark.
They Really Focus On Their Tasks
This video of an overweight corgi trying and failing to jump over a fence is a testament to just how persistent they have decided to complete a task. After all, it takes a certain amount of dedication to herd sheep in any weather. When I watch my dog spend four hours licking up every tiny bit of peanut butter at the bottom of a jar, it never fails to inspire me and remind me to persevere in the face of any obstacle. Side note: as cute as fat dogs may be, obesity is a big problem among dogs and leads to loads of health issues down the line. To learn more, watch our interview with Dr. Eric Mueller or read our feature on the Former Model Who Wants to Save Your Dog’s Life.
They Love Attention
All dogs live for pats on the head, but corgis literally never get sick of your attention. They never want “alone time,” and there’s no such thing as too many belly rubs. For some people, this comes off as needy and exhausting, but if you’re a corgi-lover, it’s amazing to have a constant outlet for your boundless affection.
They’re Very Energetic
Corgis have what many consider to be the optimal energy levels for dogs. They are very active and you can easily take them out for the entire day without worrying about them getting tired, but they aren’t hyperactive and don’t need to be walked as long as some other breeds.
The Way They Sleep Is Too Much
A lot of corgis like to sleep on their backs so that they end up looking like stuffed toys. Mine adopts a variety of adorable sleeping positions on his back, ranging from The Ballerina (in which one leg is artfully extended as in a dramatic scene), to The Lazy Bicycle (in which he keeps his legs up in the air but turns his upper body to the side, like someone who fell asleep in the middle of doing side crunches).
Because of the way their bodies are shaped, it’s pretty adorable to watch them paddle furiously while keeping their heads above the water, and this viral video proves, it looks equally hilarious when viewed from the bottom. The way they belly flop into the water, as in this viral video, is also unbearably cute.
They Have Big Personalities
Corgis are by no means wallflowers. Because they are smart and love attention, they are the life of the party. Each one has its own equally unique and equally loud personality. Some people find this exhausting, but it makes them seem even more like humans. Mine is so human-like that I often find myself thinking I should text him to let him know I’ll be home late. And several of them have such big personalities that they even have massively popular video channels in which they go to work or surf Tinder, like Topi the Corgi. Seriously, someone give this dog an Oscar!
They Have the Funniest Look of Disapproval
There is an entire Facebook group called Disapproving Corgis where owners share the way their corgi looks at them when expressing judgment.
They Come In Several Colors
Most of the corgis in this list are “red and white,” as that is the predominant coat. It goes very well with a dark brown and beige ensemble and yes I do match my outfits to my dog when we go out. But corgis also come in “tri-color,” AKA black, white, and tan, like Pudge the Corgi.
They Look Great in Outerwear
Not that they need it with their gleaming, shiny coats, but as a fashionable-looking breed they are very fun to dress up in winter wear.
They Have an Innate Sense of Adventure
As a sociable breed that loves the great outdoors, they make ideal companions for epic adventures.
They Make the Cutest Puppies
OK, all puppies are adorable, but baby corgis look like little floofballs or stumpy baby bears. To learn more about the evolutionary reason you feel an inexplicable urge to cradle the puppy above, read Here’s the Age When Cute Puppies Are At Their Cutest.
They Have a Fascinating History
Pembroke Welsh corgis go back as far as the 10th century, and it’s believed that the Vikings and Flemish weavers brought them home from Wales to use as herding dogs. According to Welsh legend, fairies used them to pull their coaches or ride them into battle, and if you look closely, you can still find fairy markings on their backs. So they are actually magical.
Their Little Sausage Bodies
When they hop down the stairs they literally look like slinkies.
They Look Like Cartoon Characters
With their goofy grins, expressive eyes, and wildly ungraceful movements, there’s very little to separate a corgi from a cartoon. Fun fact: an animated film called The Queen’s Corgi, which follows the adventures of the Queen’s favorite canine, Rex, is currently in post-production and due to hit theaters next year.
They Are Adorable When Mixed With Any Breed
Corgis are especially cute as mixed breeds because they just look like a corgi disguised as another breed. Like this corgi golden retriever, who looks like a corgi that put on a golden retriever costume twice her size.
The word “corgi” translates to “dwarf dog” in Welsh, which is basically what they are.
That’s all for now. If you think your home is ready for a Corgi Puppy then please contact us. We are happy to answer any questions and we can help you decide whether a Corgi is the-right-fit for your home.