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The Corgi May Be On The Road To Extinction
Okay, maybe extinction is going a little too far. After all, how could that face possibly go extinct? However, Britain's Kennel Club has announced that Corgis are being put on the "at watch" list. The next step would be for the breed to go onto the endangered list. As a Corgi owner myself, it pains me to see such an amazing breed be put down when may people have never had the opportunity to interact with one. So, I'm here to day to introduce this wonderful dog to the readers, just as it was introduced to me many years ago, and hopefully gain some fellow Corgi lovers!
About the Breed
The Corgi originated in Wales and can be split into two types: Pembroke and Cardigan. They were originally and still are used as herding dogs. They mostly herd cattle, but can also be used to herd sheep and small ponies. Their short stature helps them to avoid getting kicked since their preferred method of herding is to go for the animal's heels.
Pembroke vs. Cardigan
At first glance the Pembroke and the Cardigan may appear to be very similar, but there are some subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the two.
The Pembroke is the more popular of the two breeds. They are slightly smaller than the Cardigans and stand about 12 inches tall and weigh an average of 26-28 pounds. The head is considered fox shaped with shorter, pointier ears.
The Cardigan is built more sturdily. It has longer and rounder ears than those of the Pembroke and has an average weight of 30 pounds. The Cardigans also offer more colors, such as Blue Merle. The biggest difference is that the Cardigans have about a 12 inch long tail, where the Pembroke's usually have none.
Cardigans and PembrokesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Pros/Cons of Owning a Corgi
They are very protective of children
They can shed a lot
Energetic and enjoy lots of activity
Need to be kept active
Coat is easy to care for
Sometimes they try to herd people by nipping at the heels
VERY intelligent and easy to train
They have a loud bark for a small dog
Because of their stubby legs they don't jump on furniture
Without the proper diet they can easily become overwight
They are gorgeous
Because of their long back they are known to develop spinal issues
The Corgi Flop
If you want a smart, fun-loving, semi-exotic dog breed that not many people see anymore, then the Corgi is the breed for you! I fell in love with this breed because of their unique appearance and stayed in love with them because of their personality. I hope that I have inspired some you in the dog market to consider looking into the wonderful world of Corgis.
Also, enjoy this video of a corgi flopping. PS: they aren't the best swimmers.