Corgi – Geese Herding Dogs

Small dogs of the Corgi breed were first bred to help farmers herd sheep and other domestic animals. The two specific varieties of dogs in the corgi breed originate from Wales. Known under the names Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Cardigan Welsh Corgi, these dogs are very popular as pets. One of the most famous people to own this great breed of dog is Queen Elizabeth II, who has had them for many years. People believe that the name of the breed comes from the Welsh words Cor ci, which means dwarf dog.

The main goal behind breeding the Corgi dog was to have a dog that could successfully herd cattle. These dogs would drive the animals inside the farm by biting them on the heels. Due to the fact that the Corgi was so low to the ground, the agitated animals rarely kicked the dogs. Few other types of dogs but Corgi can be used to herd geese.

The Corgi is incredibly strong for its size, as well as being agile and very fast. Although they are no longer used to herding animals, they are very protective of children. Corgi dogs are also fearless and will protect their family from any threat. They are determined dogs, sometimes even stubborn, but you can use these traits to your advantage if you train them properly. They have the qualities of family pets, being affectionate and rarely overexcited, making great companions for both children and the elderly.

You may find them quite gluttonous, especially considering their size, so be careful not to overfeed them. Although there are two very similar types of corgi, there are distinctive differences between them. The Pembroke corgi is smaller and sturdier by being closer to the ground. The taller body and longer tail make the Cardigan Corgi the largest variety of the breed. Due to their different bone structure, the Cardigan Corgi is also longer than the Pembroke Corgi variety of dogs.

The coat of the Corgi breed is double, the protective outer coat is dense and rough and the undercoat is softer and keeps them warm. The corgi’s head on both types is very fox-like and will often have white markings on the muzzle. The ears of these dogs are erect and often pointy, which allows them fairly good hearing. Both Corgi breeds are very healthy dogs that live for many years; and they have very few hereditary health problems.

The average lifespan of these dogs is between 12 and 15 years, if they are provided with a good diet and regular exercise. Their short legs still need a good amount of exercise every day, because that way they won’t get bored and they will maintain their health. They are obedient, agile and eager to learn tricks and practice their skills. They will easily learn everything you are teaching them, just to please you and demonstrate what they have learned every day.

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