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Are Corgis Good With Other Animals? Small Animals?

Are Corgis Good With Other Animals? Small Animals?

If you’ve thought once or twice about getting another animal as a pet besides your Corgi or even about getting a Corgi as a second pet beside another animal, a question of are corgis good with other animals is the ultimate one.

There isn’t a simple answer to this question, but if I had to give you an answer right now, I’d say NO.

A few scenarios can be found where corgis actually do get along well with other animals big or small, but those scenarios are very specific or rare, and to find out about those I suggest you keep your eyes open while reading through this article.

There are some things that you can actually do to additionally socialize your dog so they are better at interacting with other animals, but these things are not easy to do and take time.

If you’re also interested in those, I’d now like to dig deep into this topic and take you along with me for this ride, so fasten your seat belts and let’s get on with it!

Corgis And Other Dogs

This is a question of itself, but there is a short answer for this. Corgis are herding dogs so it means they take initiative when they feel like they’re in a pack or when they feel responsible for another living being’s life.

This can also happen if you have a bigger dog that does not need your corgi’s help, but keep in mind that your corgi might feel different about the situation.

The worst-case scenario that might happen to you might be that you get another herding dog like a corgi that might feel the same obligation as your first dog might.

These are the situations where your dogs might fight each other for the role of the most responsible one or for the alpha of the “pack”.

If you see tensions rising between those two, you might want to appear as alpha or as an owner to both of these dogs just so you let them know that there is no room for fighting.

The best way to assert your dominance is to feed them at the same time but to make sure that both dogs see that you’re the one that’s bringing food so they relate that to the crucial role of surviving in their head.

If you do this the correct way, there probably won’t be any problems regarding your two dogs.

On the other hand, if you get a corgi puppy and you have a grown dog in the house, you should also make it clear to both dogs that the bigger and older dog isn’t above the little corgi when you’re around.

Are Corgis Good With Small Animals?

The majority of people who are reading this article might have a parrot, a cat, or even a little turtle as a pet and are thinking about getting a corgi. Or vice versa, they have a corgi and are thinking about getting one of the above-mentioned animals.

If you’re one of these people, I have some bad news for you – corgis are naturally not so good with animals that are smaller than them.

I’m sure you’re not surprised by this information if you know a thing or two about this dog breed. Corgis are extremely stubborn and are quite persistent in bringing their own set of rules to the table.

If another animal that is smaller than them doesn’t want to follow the said set of rules, there might be some problems.

Corgis are famous for their heel-nibbling methods of making things go their way, but rest assured – some animals will resist these techniques.

Now, in order to give you a complete answer and not leave anything out, I’ll need to answer this question one by one.


The most common situation among all of these is the dog-cat scenario. Most people have a dog and want to get a cat or vice versa.

Corgis are extremely bad for this situation precisely because of their genetics. They aren’t much bigger than the cat but will still want to persuade it to do as they want.

In this situation, the cat’s instinct is to fight back because cats are also headstrong and stubborn. Not all cats are like this, but a good majority is.

In order to prevent a fight from breaking out if you see your corgi bothering your cat, you might want to step in and take charge by giving your corgi a command they’ll have to listen to and then show who’s the owner to both animals.

This prevents the corgi from getting the cat frustrated and relaxes the cat in the sense that you’re making it clear that that kind of behavior is not acceptable.


Parrots are probably the most represented amongst the birds that are kept inside as pets. Luckily for you, corgis don’t consider birds as a regular part of their diet.

The only potential bad situation that can arise from this is that your dog might get annoyed by the “screaming” or singing of your parrot (or other birds for that matter) and start barking annoyingly loud.

Sadly there isn’t much you can do in this situation because there is virtually no good way of making your parrot stop making noises.

The only thing I found to be semi-effective in some situations is to give your parrot some food or give your dog a treat after successfully obeying a command making them forget about the noises.

The success of this little trick might be depending on the loudness of the noises your parrot is making or on the obedience of your corgi.

One thing I might avoid doing is letting the bird roam free through the living space while you’re absent and your dog is let loose.

These situations might end up with rough play and your bird potentially getting hurt.

For this reason alone I suggest you always be present when both of these animals are outside and playing.

Turtles And Fish

These are the only animals that might be suitable to be kept as pets besides your corgi. The only reason for this is that they don’t make much noise, don’t interfere with your corgi’s living space, and are separated by a tank that is made from glass which will prevent your dog from “accidentally” eating them.

Turtles and tortoises are much safer than fish because you can rarely find a corgi with a jaw strong enough to break its shell even if it tried as hard as it could.

Fishes are also as safe as they could be, especially if you have an aquarium that is elevated from the ground so your corgi doesn’t see them that often.

The thick glass is enough to protect them from any crazy ideas that might pop into your dog’s head, but the elevation helps as it will minimize the barking that might occur when your corgi spots the fishes and remembers that they are there.

Cows, Chickens, And Ducks

All three of these animals bring a specific situation with them. I presume that if you do have these animals that you also have a big yard or property that you keep them on.

If you let your corgi roam free while they’re eating, the instinct might kick in and the dog might start fulfilling their herding duties towards these animals without being asked to do so.

In these types of scenarios, you might want to keep your dog on a short leash or in a separate part of the field just to make sure it won’t bother other animals.

The worst thing that might happen is that the corgi might start nibbling at cow’s or duck’s feet making them nervous.

If a cow experiences this and becomes nervous it might hurt your dog by kicking or stepping on it.

A duck, on the other hand, might use its beak. This can be a disaster because if a duck hursts a corgi by biting it, the corgi might get irritated and use its teeth.

Chickens are a different situation because if you let them roam free they spread around on the field and can’t be recalled to their coop as easily as other animals.

When your corgi sees this the chances of it giving up are big, so there might not be any incidents with the chickens – unless you notice your corgi developed some aggressive tendencies and starts attacking chickens for no apparent reason.

If you see this happening, I suggest you take your corgi away from the chicken coop right away and not ever letting it get close to the chicks.

Are Corgis Good With Other Animals? – Conclusion

I think that you’ve come to the conclusion of “this is not a simple question to give an answer to” by reading through this article.

The question of are corgis good with other animals completely depends on which animal we’re talking about in relation to the corgi.

I highly recommend socializing your dog to the maximum so you don’t run into unpleasant situations in the dog park, your ranch, or when you visit the vet. This is extremely important as your dog will learn how to behave around other living beings and you’re minimizing the chances of your corgi making a mess or a problem.

So the only thing left to do is grab your dog’s favorite collar and get to the dog park as soon as possible. Enjoy and be safe!