Corgis – The Goofy, Lovable Dog
Everybody loves corgis, but we here at The Jazzy Panda adore them so much, that we dedicated an entire clothing line to them, which you can view HERE. Corgis are a popular breed of dog known for their distinctive short legs and often chubby bodies. Because of their unique shape and generally outgoing personalities, many videos exist of corgis running, jumping, and playing, simply because they have a goofy demeanor that makes people smile. Corgis tend to be playful and friendly, making great companions for their owners and other dogs alike. These relatively intelligent animals have a long history and have been entertaining humans with their lovable antics for hundreds of years. They are also known for some quite interesting facts.
There are Two Breeds of Corgis – Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Both breeds of corgis come from Wales, since they are distinct and separate despite having similar appearances. These similarities are a result of crossbreeding that happened between the two breeds in the 19th century. The Cardigan Corgi is the older breed, with historians dating them back to the year 1200 BC. The Pembroke isn’t quite as old, but still dates back to 1107 AD. Pembroke Corgis as we know them today are a result of breeding with the original Cardigan Corgis. You can tell the difference between them by looking at the tails and ears. A Cardigan Corgi, the older breed, has a tail as well as rounded ears. Pembroke Corgis will generally be lacking a tail and have pointier ears than their older counterparts.
Corgis are the Shortest of Herding Dog Breeds
The Pembroke Corgi was originally used as a herding dog. The shortness of the dog allows them to nip at the legs of cattle and sheep, keeping the herd together on the farmer’s land. Their height also allowed them to stay out of the path of kicks from the riled-up cows. Some corgis are still used in herding situations, but not to the extent that they were used in 11th century Wales.
Corgis are Fast and Athletic
Their stout stature may make them appear slow and lethargic, but corgis are surprisingly speedy. This, of course, is one of several reasons that they were used primarily as herding dogs for such a long period of time. They do, however, require regular exercise so that they don’t gain more weight. An overweight corgi may lose a step and contribute to their image as slower dogs.
They are considered Highly Intelligent
Corgis fall just outside of the list of top 10 smartest dogs, but they are still very smart and capable of learning many commands in a short period of time. They can learn commands within 5-10 repetitions, and studies show that they will obey the command the first time in 85% of cases.
Corgis are Beloved by the British Royal Family
Queen Elizabeth has owned over 30 corgis in her lifetime, and currently has two of her own. They have been in the family since 1933 when King George VI brought a corgi home from a kennel. It is well known that the family has had many corgis, making them very relatable to the family throughout the UK.