Exercise and the Corgi

There are 2 breeds of Corgi, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi which is older than the Pembroke Welsh Corgi (probably introduced in Wales by the Flemish). The origins of the Corgi are not certain but both breeds are probably descendants of the Keeshond, Pomeranian, Schipperkes and the Swedish Vallhund. The differences between the two breeds include bone structure and size. However, both are close in size and both were originally used as a herding dog for cattle, sheep, and ponies. Even though this is a low-standing dog, herds large animals by nipping at the heels to direct them and is small enough to duck any kicks.
Breed type
  • herding dog
Physical characteristics
  • long, low to the ground dog no more than 12 inches or 30 pounds
  • sturdy, solidly-built
  • the dog is sometimes born with no tail, and is docked as short as possible when they do have a tail
  • short, thick double coat
Personality
  • highly intelligent
  • active with loads of stamina
  • devoted to its family but may be headstrong
  • playful, great with kids
  • neither shy nor aggressive
Best exercises Both Corgi breeds need a good deal of exercise for its size. This work breed is accustomed to working all day on the farm which required a high amount of stamina.

  • Walks – Moderate (20 minutes) to long (up to an hour) walks at a brisk pace are a good
  • Hiking – A great activity for Corgis. If you and your dog are in shape, pick more challenging walks.
  • Agility – even being short, Corgie are well built for this training and would love the challenge
  • Dog Parks – Corgi tend to get along with other dogs, if your is well-socialized, a romp in the park with some friends can give her a little workout.
  • Running – these are hard working dogs and good for short distance runs
Suggested exercise plan
Its needs can be best met with a moderate to long walk, but vigorous play would be enjoyed as well. Because it is an intelligent breed, incorporating games, play or training will be very healthy for this dog. This dog loves to herd so teaching and training the dog for this activity or even for competitions will give an enjoyable workout challenge.
Things to know Corgis are an extremely healthy breed with longer life spans (12 to 15 years). Just look out for possible hip dysplasia as he or she gets older.

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