Corgis, being active and cute, are perfect pets for families with children. But most people don’t give too much thought when picking a gender. So, this begs the question: Are Corgi males or females better?
Choosing between male or female Corgi can be tricky, as there are more differences than just appearance. In short, females are more stubborn than males – despite their smaller bodies.
Their nature can make life more difficult for first-time owners.
Don’t jump to conclusions just yet, though. Each dog is an individual with its own traits and personality. But there are several things you need to take into consideration when picking a gender.
In this article, I will guide you through some of the key differences between male and female Corgis.
Without further ado, let’s dive in!
Male Vs. Female Corgis: Size Comparison
We’re all familiar with the looks of a typical Corgi – a short, elongated body that makes them bigger in length than in height. But there are some physical differences between female and male Corgis, too.
First of all, a male Corgi is generally larger than a female. Males are stronger and bulkier, while female Corgis are thinner and more “feminine looking” overall.
Needless to say, the size difference is small enough that both males and females are amazing apartment dogs. Give your Corgi plenty of daily activities and exercise – and they won’t have a problem living in small apartments.
There isn’t a big difference between male and female puppies, either, but their weight can differ slightly.
At six months of age, both male and female Corgis reach a height of six inches. Females weigh around nine pounds, while males tend to be slightly heavier, weighing about ten pounds.
At 12 months of age, female and male Corgis are both roughly nine inches tall. Females weigh around 14 pounds – and males around 15 pounds.
When Corgis reach the age of 18 months, both males and females are about ten inches tall and weigh 24 and 23 pounds, respectively.
Behavioral Differences Between Male And Female Corgis
Take that as you will, but female Corgis are more intelligent than their male counterparts – and because of this, they are known to be more “Alpha.” This desire of a female Corgi to lead can make her very stubborn and independent.
However, females are a bit better towards small children compared to males. That is because of the herding instinct, which is usually stronger in males than in females. Females are very careful during playtime and will show you love and affection more often.
Despite this, female Corgis won’t seek as much attention as males – and won’t mind being left alone for a long period. As a matter of fact, female Corgis may become irritated if you’re next to them all the time. So, make sure to respect their privacy.
While this doesn’t make them unfriendly, female Corgis are just less likely to cuddle all day long compared to males.
Male Corgis adore human company and hate being left alone. They’re more prone to separation anxiety, so if you’re someone who works most of the day, a male Corgi might not be for you.
Male Corgis are good with small children, too – especially since they’re always ready to play.
Granted, he might bark more often than a female dog if not trained on time. But overall, males will get along with kids and other pets just fine because of their friendly nature.
There’s a chance of a male Corgi becoming aggressive due to their genes, though. Make sure you socialize with them from puppyhood to avoid aggressive behaviors in the future.
Who Is Easier To Train – Males Or Females?
Usually, female dogs are easier to train – and the same goes for Corgis. Despite their stubborn nature, females are more intelligent and, therefore, more eager to learn.
Also, you can start obedience training much earlier because females mature much faster than males.
But there’s a catch: That only applies to spayed females.
If you haven’t spayed your Corgi, all of her training won’t apply when she’s in heat. During these periods, she’ll revert to her stubborn ways – and even disobey you altogether.
On the other hand, male Corgis act like children. They’ll want to listen to you, but they can be so easily distracted that usually, not everything goes according to plan.
His childish nature may be an obstacle in training. But still, if you’re going to own a Corgi for the first time, you should probably go with a male pup. That is because they’re much less stubborn than females.
Spayed Female Corgi
One advantage of getting a male is that they don’t go into heat twice a year like females.
The so-called estrous (heat) cycle of a female can last up to three weeks. Bloody discharge is normal during this period; a pair of doggie diapers might help you avoid a mess.
Female Corgis that aren’t spayed tend to be more aggressive and dominant when in heat. But the biggest issue is that they will attract a lot of male dogs. So, keep that in mind if you have a lot of stray dogs in your area.
Mood swings are also problematic with unaltered females. They can become so dominant and independent that you won’t be able to tell a female Corgi was trained or not.
It can be quite difficult for first-time owners, and they might want to give up. That is why spaying your female Corgi at the right age is the best way to avoid problematic behavior.
Neutered Male Corgis
The two habits male dogs have that nobody wants to see around their house are peeing to mark their territory and humping. Even more so, a male Corgi will do anything to mate when there’s a female dog in heat nearby.
Make sure you keep your Corgi in a secured area, so the chances of him running off are slim to none.
These habits can be easily reduced – and even eliminated – by neutering your male Corgi at the right age. Plus, neutered male Corgis are more friendly and will display fewer tendencies toward aggression.
Who Is More Friendly?
This trait is very important for everyone looking to have a family pet that will fall in love with everyone they meet.
As I said before, males are considered to be friendlier than females and won’t consider anyone a stranger. Contrarily, females are more reserved:
Female Corgis aren’t social as males are and prefer to keep their distance when they meet new people. They’re more like cats in this regard – pickier when it comes to who they want to spend their time with. And they might want to be left alone more often, too.
Female Corgis tend to bond with only one person in the household. Even though they’re friendly towards others, you can easily notice who their favorite human is. On the other hand, males are generally friendly towards anyone.
Who Barks More?
Despite their mood swings, female Corgis are quieter than males, who tend to be the loud ones. Males are the ones who are vocal and yappy – and will loudly let you know if they disagree with something.
Keep in mind that this depends on the environment and socialization. However, most owners would agree that females are barking much less than male Corgis.
What About Health Problems?
Corgis’ health is overall good, regardless of gender – but as with any other breed, there are some health issues you need to take into consideration.
Both males and females are equally prone to most health problems, but there are few conditions one gender is more prone to than the other.
And while we’re at it, it’s worth noting that females live about two years longer than males.
Since Corgis are generally small, a female’s pelvis can, in some cases, be too small to pass the puppies’ heads. A procedure called C-section – yes, just like in humans – is mandatory in these situations to ensure that both mother and the offspring are safe.
I recommend consulting with your vet before you breed your female Corgi. If you want to eliminate the risk of such complications, you might want to consider spaying your female Corgi.
This condition causes high levels of a protein called cystine to be emitted into the dog’s urine. The result of this is the creation of cystine stones in the dog’s kidneys, bladder, or ureter, which could cause a blockage in the urethra.
Needless to say, cystinuria is very painful for Corgis.
However, cystinuria isn’t deadly and can be treated with proper medications. This condition is more likely to affect males than female Corgis.
There are several things we need to keep in mind when answering the question: “Are Corgi males or females better?”
Every dog is unique in its own way. Both males and females can be the perfect pet for your household.
If you plan on bringing a female Corgi home, be sure you have your backyard secured – if you live in the house, that is. Females in heat will attract males, and you could easily end up with unplanned puppies.
On that note, males tend to wander off if they sense a female in heat.
You don’t want to lose your Corgi because of this. Neutering males can solve this problem – and so does spaying the females.
With adequate training, male Corgis can learn how to stay at home. And with proper socialization, female Corgis can learn how to be cuddly and friendly.
These are all the things you need to keep in mind when deciding the gender of your Corgi. All Corgis can become brilliant family pets if you know how to handle them. Of course, if you’re a first-time owner, picking the right gender can make your life easier.