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Lilu is my own little powerhouse combination of Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Shetland Sheepdog. Today, I’m going to explore her Welsh Corgi side and share a bit of information with you. The Welsh Corgi is a small herding dog that originated in Wales. Two breeds are recognized: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi (half of my Lilu), and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The Pembroke is typically more common.

Each breed of Corgi is named for its county of origination in Wales. Bone structure, body length, and size also determine true breed classification. Cardigan corgis are larger, have more rounded ears, and have this incredible tail than makes them look even longer than they already are! My girl is a little bit smaller and does not have that long tail. She has a Corgi butt, and when she runs her butt looks like a little rabbit butt bounding away. If you have a Corgi, you know exactly what I mean!

The Pembroke is the oldest of the herding breeds, and was bred to herd cattle. Seems crazy with those tiny, short legs – but when you realize how strong-willed Pembrokes really are, you can imagine them nipping at the heels of cows and sheep and getting that herd to go in the proper direction. Those little legs may suggest a slower pace, but don’t underestimate them — they move much more quickly than you think!

Corgis are prone to hip dysplasia, glaucoma, and weight gain; but they’re also loving, high-energy, and very fast learners. So be careful when feeding them, and keep them busy! Flyball, tracking, agility training, and herding activities all tap directly into their innate skills and strengths. Average life expectancy is about 12-15 years.

 

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The Corgi coat is pretty dense and sheds a lot; so if you’re looking to keep your black pants clean, a Corgi might not be your best bet. Thankfully, though, there’s the Furminator — it’s an absolute must when you have this breed of dog, especially in the Spring. In fact, my fiancé and I both agree that the Furminator is our favorite tool right now. It is used to de-shed a dog by gently removing the undercoat while leaving the topcoat intact. Used properly, it won’t damage or irritate a dog’s delicate skin. There certainly isn’t any way to eliminate shedding completely, but the Furminator comes close (in the photos above, notice that it’s created a pile of fur nearly half the size of the original Corgi!). Check out our previous blog on the Furminator and how it’s used. Then stop by any Two Bostons store to try the Furminator firsthand … I promise you’ll LOVE the outcome!

Remember that if you decide to adopt one or more Corgi puppies, you really have NO choice but to come show them off to me at one of our stores! So that said, I hope to see you soon!!