General Care of the Welsh Corgi
Originally bred to herd, the Welsh Corgi has a lot of stamina and is naturally quite active. Consequently, regular exercise is required to burn off all that extra energy. Daily walks and romps, as well as a good couple games of fetch, are good outdoor activities for these dogs. As long as they receive their daily exercise, the Welsh Corgi can be well kept in almost any housing situation, even an apartment.
Regular exercise is also needed to help maintain a good body weight as Corgis have a tendency to put on weight. Overweight bodies combined with long backs may result in spinal problems. Therefore, regular exercise and a good diet must be maintained throughout their lives.
Welsh Corgis tend to be rather clean animals so they rarely need a bath. Since Corgis shed year round, their medium-length all-weather coats never have to be clipped or trimmed through they should be brushed at least once a week to remove dead hair.
The proper handling of Welsh Corgis is important since their backs can be quite fragile. When lifting a Corgi, you should place a hand behind the front legs and use the other hand to support their hindquarters. Likewise, Welsh Corgis should not be allowed to jump off furniture or run down stairs else they risk injury to their back and spine. For the most part though, Welsh Corgis are quite healthy and sturdy dogs.
General Care of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
As long as they are provided with daily walks as well as other outdoor activities, Pembrokes can be kept in almost any housing situation, even an apartment.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are known for their love of water. Their known health issues include canine hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, epilepsy, degenerative myelopathy, and von Willebrand’s disease.
General Care of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Very young Cardian Welsh Corgi puppies have drop ears. However, these ears will usually come up on their own, though sometimes they may require temporary taping to help support them and encourage the ears to remain upright. Because they were bred to herd all day, these Corgis love walks and romps. They can be quite athletic, even going so far as to chase a ball at a surprising speed, especially with their short legs.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is quite a healthy breed for the most part. Their canine hip dysplasia, is almost never clinical. However, in extremely rare events, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi may develop degenerative myelopathy.