Here Are the Best Corgi Breeds

Corgis are some of the most adorable dogs around. They have a cute face, short legs, and a good-sized body. They look lovely when they walk, having air and grace that most dogs cannot have. It's no wonder that Corgis are the favorite pets of the Queen. When looking at Corgis, you might be wondering, "what are the best Corgi breeds?" You know that Corgis are adorable, but which types of dogs are right for me?

That question is a little bit of a trick question. There's no "best Corgi breed." Indeed, there are only two types of Corgis in the world, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. These are two entirely different Corgi breeds as they come from unique family trees. Let's take a look at each one to see which is right for you!

Corgi History

To better understand what makes these types of Corgis different, it's essential to know the two breeds' history. Even though most people know the Pembroke Welsh Corgi more due to their popularity with the Queen, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older one. It pre-dates the Pembroke Welsh by over two thousand years! If you like old dogs with history, you're going to love these ancient dog breeds!

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a descendent of the German Teckel dog lineage. For reference, the Dachshund is also a descendent of this dog line. Historians believe that the tribes of Celtic tribes in Europe brought this dog to Wales in 1,200 BC when it became a staple in that part of Europe.

You might be surprised to learn that the Corgi Pembroke has an entirely different history. It did not originate with the Celtic tribe, nor did it even descend from the German Teckel line. Instead, researchers believe that this dog came to Wales via the Vikings. It comes from the Nordic Spitz breeds, and it made its appearance in Wales in 1,000 BC - a full two hundred years later than the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

Although both these dog breeds came to Wales, nobody ever interbred them (except for brief periods here and there). Remarkably, despite such different histories, they're similar dogs in terms of appearance and demeanor.

What Are the Differences Between the Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke Welsh Corgis?

Despite their similar appearances, there are some significant differences between these two Corgis.

The most obvious difference is the tail. Pembroke Welsh Corgis have a small, curly tail at the back. By contrast, Cardigan Welsh Corgis have a long tail that is more typical of other canines.

There are other physical differences. For starters, Pembroke Welsh Corgis are thinner and weigh less. Pembrokes have about 30 lbs as their maximum healthy weight. Cardigans can go up to 38 lbs. If you pick both up, you'll notice the difference. Their bone structures are also different. Pembrokes are sleeker and look more "refined." Cardigans are bigger-boned and have a "box-like" appearance.

In terms of personalities, both Corgis are similar. However, the Cardigan tends to be a little more reserved, while the Pembroke is more outgoing. Some people contend that the Cardigan Corgi likes to survey the situation before deciding what to do. On the other hand, the Pembroke jumps right in and gets in the middle of the action. 

It's worth noting that, despite these small differences, both are fantastic dogs with children, though, and will make beautiful additions to any family. They're both quite outgoing and lots of fun. The Cardigan merely approaches things a little differently!

Are There Any Differences in Nutrition or Lifespan Between the Corgi Breeds?

No. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Cardigan Welsh Corgi require the same nutritional content and have the same dog life expectancy. Expect both breeds to live between 12 and 15 years. 

If you want your Corgis to live longer, ensure that you provide them with a healthy diet. You'll need high-quality dog food and to ensure that they are not overweight. Obesity is one of the most significant causes of health problems in dogs of any breed!

Is One Breed Less Expensive?

No. Both Corgi breeds will cost a pretty penny. Most of the time, you'll have to pay upwards of $1,000 to get a Corgi. Some dogs even cost $2,000 depending on the pedigree and if they're show-worthy or not. 

Although Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke Welsh Corgis may have a similar price tag, it's worth noting that the Pembroke Welsh is the more popular of the two breeds. Therefore, you should expect to have an easier time finding a breeder with Pembrokes on hand than one with Cardigans.

While you should always check your local shelters first, this breed is in high demand. It's unlikely that you'll find one for adoption, so you should plan on paying a reputable breeder.

Both Corgi Breeds Are Perfect Additions for Your Family

Corgis are almost perfect for most families. They have fun, pleasant personalities that are a delight for most owners. Corgis are loyal companion dogs, meaning that whatever you're doing, a Corgi will be happy to tag along and learn something new. When it comes time to watch TV, your fluffy Corgi will cuddle up right beside you, content to enjoy some relaxation time with you.

For families with children, Corgis are perfect. They have quite a bit of energy to keep up with the kids and a tremendous amount of patience. Therefore, you can (for the most part) safely leave these dogs with your children.

How big do Corgis get?

They can get about 10 to 12 inches at the shoulder. Surprisingly, given their relatively small stature, they weigh up to 30 pounds. They're a reasonably well-built dog, despite their tiny little legs.

How long do Corgis live?

Corgis live an average of 12-15 years, although they can live longer with quality care and a little luck. One vet states that he's known Corgis that have lived to 17 years.

Are Corgis good with kids?

Yes! The playful, fun-loving attitude of Corgis make them a dream for families with children, no matter how big or small they may be. Corgis also have quite a bit of energy, so your little ones will have plenty of fun with these dogs.

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Written by Leo Roux


I have owned (been owned by?) four Pembroke. Everything here is true. But missing is the fact that Corgis are bred to herd cattle by nipping at their heels. They will herd you, too, so this nipping is something you must train out of your puppy.

Robin Jones on Apr 13, 2021

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