Can Corgis Jump High? How High Can Corgis Jump?


Everyone has seen their or someone else’s corgi jumping really high in a park or somewhere in an open space. If you have, you’ve probably asked yourself once or twice “how high can corgis jump?”. This is a question that I have asked myself some time ago and that I started seeking the answer to.

The answer is between eight and twelve inches. This seems like an oddly specific number, but it seems somebody else posed this question a long time ago and performed an experiment that showed the same exact numbers that I’ve stated above.

This is, of course, only true when talking about fully grown corgis, so if you’re interested in the information about corgi puppies or something else that is closely related to this topic such as questions about is it safe to let your corgi hop and how often should your corgi hop, I suggest you keep reading and find out!

Let’s hop right into this article!

Is It Bad For Corgis To Jump?

There are quite a few reasons not to let your corgi hop all the time. Hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia is a common result of your corgi jumping around when it shouldn’t have.

Besides these, there are a ton of joint problems that can come over time from unregulated jumping and constant pressure that is put on your corgi’s joints and legs while performing this exercise.

Don’t get me wrong, your corgi won’t develop any kind of joint problems just by jumping around from time to time while playing with its friends in the dog park, but there are some genetic problems that can cause problems in that area sooner than they should.

Most commonly, corgis are prohibited from jumping early on in their life just because of the dwarfism that is present in all corgis which makes their legs quite short. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your corgi’s are weak as well as short.

The only reason not to let your corgi jump while under one year of age is to make sure that the joints and muscles in their feet are developed as they should because one bad landing can cause a world of pain and complications for your pup.

Being fully aware of this, we can now proceed with the main topic of this article and that is how impressive a corgi’s jump can be when they meet all criteria to prevent anything bad from happening to them.

Amazing Or Average?

If an owner of a German Shepard tells you that their dog jumps 12 inches, you wouldn’t be amazed for sure, but if the same thing was told to you by a corgi owner, you’d probably start thinking about how impressive that is.

This is evidently because of the size difference and the strength of their legs. This may seem obvious, but some people overlook how big the size difference is between corgis and other dog breeds.

Male corgis stand at around 30cm tall, which is around 12 inches. This means that a male corgi is, hypothetically speaking, able to jump double the height of its body when fully grown.

A German Sheppard, on the other hand, stands at around 65cm which is around 25 and a half inches. I think the size difference is obvious as well as how impressive it is for a corgi to jump 12 inches in the air.

Other dog breeds that are similar in size to Corgis can jump around 10 inches but that also doesn’t seem like an impressive competition.

You should also take into consideration that corgis have a specific kind of dwarfism embedded in their DNA, and some other dogs that can’t jump as high as they don’t.

That makes this statistic quite impressive because you wouldn’t expect a dog that has dwarfism to jump that high because you’d think their legs aren’t capable of launching them that high in the air.

This is why people think there’s something odd about the sight of a corgi jumping – because they don’t look like a dog that should be able to jump that high with that posture and length of legs.

Nobody actually knows how they are able to jump that high because all the indicators are there – genetic mutation, short legs, prone to hip or elbow dysplasia, etc.

None of these stop corgis from jumping really high in the air and showing who’s the king of the sky in their “weight category”.

You should remember that beagles that are in the same category as medium-sized dogs are said to be able to jump around 30 inches high, but it’s quite rare to see this breed being this energetic as beagles are known to be lazy and getting pretty fat pretty quick.

So corgis are not only good jumpers but are also much more energetic and much less prone to gaining weight if exercised properly. 

Bad Things That Can Come From Jumping

Corgis can be either quite healthy and rarely have problems with health conditions or can be very sensitive to some chronic diseases or injuries if not taken care of properly.

You need to discover if your corgi is the first type or the second type of corgis. If they are the first one you probably don’t have to worry about much.

The only thing that can come from jumping around for an overall healthy corgi is an occasional paw injury that is quickly rehabilitated and doesn’t pose any real threat to your pet.

If, on the other hand, your corgi seems to be prone to some conditions that are not treatable as easily, you should probably pay attention to how your corgi is moving after a high-intensity jumping and running session.

There is a possibility that your corgi can develop hip or elbow dysplasia over time if they put too much pressure on their joints during these kinds of playdates.

This is because they don’t genetically have strong joints and this is quite probably going to happen even without jumping, but the additional jumping just makes the process of developing the disease much faster than it needs to be (genetically speaking).

Some other injuries that can occur from jumping and not sticking to the landing can be head or nose injuries because some dogs tend to dive head-first into a jump and not land properly.

This is especially important when talking about dogs who have shorter legs and don’t have the big enough reach to settle their front paws first on the ground so the result of some jumps might be that the area of impact is their nose.

This isn’t that dangerous if they jumped from the floor or from a low surface, but can be quite dangerous if they jumped from a higher surface.

They can break or damage their nose or facial bones which can take months to recover and rehabilitate, so you have to pay attention to how your dog tends to jump from higher surfaces.

Even some head injuries are possible because if they don’t stick the landing and bury their head between their front legs, the point of impact might be their forehead.

This isn’t terrible if on the other side of the landing is a soft pillow or a couch that they were trying to jump on, but if the surface is hard or rough, there might be some bleeding.

This is not a pleasant sight, so you must prepare to prevent your dog from jumping if such tendencies are shown from the beginning.

Remember that as long as you are the owner of your dog, you are responsible for their well-being.

How High Can Corgis Jump?

Now that you’ve established that the average jump for a corgi is around 10 to 12 inches, you know what to expect. The answer to the question of how high can corgis jump is not that enigmatic but is quite unexpected.

Almost no one expects corgis to be able to jump to such heights, so be prepared for some exclamations from people that see your corgi jump for the first time.

Also don’t forget to film videos of this happening as they can make for a perfect social media post for your own Instagram profile as well as for your dog’s (if you made them one, that is).

Don’t forget to regularly take your corgi to their vet for checkups as this can prevent certain problems with their feet and joints to occur because the vet sees things others can’t, so it’s a good idea to ask your corgi’s vet in what conditions their joints are from time to time.

Have Fun And Stay Healthy!

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