What is a Corgi like?
Extremely friendly and family oriented, this little dog is easy to train. The Pembroke is intelligent and sensitive. Very little physical correction is needed to train these dogs. They like to have a job, so it’s important to give them tasks to complete.
For some people this simply means teaching the dog a few tricks; for others it means extensive agility training or herding competitions. Just make sure that you don’t leave this dog to its own devices. Unlike other breeds, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has been bred for almost 1,000 years to be a working companion dog.
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Low-set, strong, sturdily built and active, giving an impression of substance and stamina in a small space. Should not be so low and heavy-boned as to appear coarse or overdone, nor so light-boned as to appear racy. Outlook bold, but kindly. Expression intelligent and interested. Never shy nor vicious.
Adults only, please! I prefer a mature crowd.
I do best with no interaction with other dogs.
I’ve never met a cat as far as PAWS knows!
Basic profile of a Corgi
01. Exercise Requirements
Many owners think that because they are so small, Dachshunds don’t require more exercise than just running around the house.
However, they do need regular exercise not only to stay fit, but also to build strong muscles to support and protect their back.
Two walks every day of moderate length should be sufficient. To avoid injury, never allow your Dachshund to run up and down stairs or jump on or off furniture. Because they are very social, Dachshunds don’t do well as outdoor dogs—they want to be with their humans.
03. Potential Health Issues
Generally a healthy breed, the Dachshund can be expected to live 12 to 16 years with proper care, so long as he’s kept on a good diet and has enough exercise to maintain good muscle tone.
To prevent disc damage to the Dachshund’s long back, be vigilant about keeping him from becoming overweight, and always monitor his activities to avoid back injury. Like most dogs with drop ears, Dachshunds can get ear infections if their ears aren’t kept clean.
02. Obedience Training Style
Dachshunds are very intelligent but are also independent and often stubborn, so they can be a challenge to train. They love to give and receive affection and do best with positive, reward-based training. They are sensitive and will not react well to harsh commands or punishment. Patience and consistence are key.
Dachshunds have an excellent sense of smell as well as a strong prey drive. Because they were bred to stay focused and follow a trail without distraction, if they are busy with something more interesting they may not always pay attention to you.
04. Nutritional Requirements
It is extremely important that a Dachshund not be allowed to become overweight. This is not only because of general health reasons, but also to avoid strain to the Dachshund’s long back, which can lead to slipped or ruptured (herniated) discs. Ignore the pleading eyes, and give only the recommended amount given by the manufacturer of the quality dog food of your choice.
Give table scraps very sparingly, if at all, especially avoiding cooked bones and foods with high fat content. Remember that the Dachshund’s nose can get him into trouble, and always keep food well out of his reach.