If you are thinking of adopting a pet in the near future (it is always best to rescue), go no further than the wonderful Corgi. There are all kinds of options with this muscular breed such as the Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke. You can’t go wrong in my book. No wonder the Queen adores them. They are indeed a special part of the Royal Family.
This is my breed of choice as you can guess. It is a small working class dog. Originally bred to herd cattle, there is a residue of the fields in their genes. With the Pembroke, we now have a low-slung, short-legged beauty with an adorable foxlike countenance—no tail. The Cardigan is a larger, heavier dog with a tail, if that is your preference. The average female is 20-20 pounds, and a male can reach 35. We will not acknowledge the Internet description of a “hair-covered Twinkie.”
If you like spirited and athletic, you will be pleased. If you favor steady and dependable, then right on. Appearance aside, it is all about personality, loyalty, companionship, and adaptability. Plus, easy care is an added advantage. You can maintain their coats (they come in several colors) without too much effort. This sensible watchdog likes exercise, but not necessarily in excess, and adores good food. Learn your pet’s preferences and you will be richly rewarded with love and respect. They have the appetite of a big dog, and this must be fed to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. With their attentive ears, Corgis can hear the sound of a can of food being opened a mile away.
I go for strength of character every time and seldom sway from the Corgi breed. I own them and recommend them to friends and family. In pairs, they keep each other company along with other household people and pets. Give them time for naps and outings, and your dog will be in canine bliss in your humble home. OK, they do shed, but that is part of the territory for many dog lovers. Remember, when sweeping up those stray hairs, they are ever so cute stretched out on the floor looking like flying squirrels (or frogs as some say). It’s fun to watch them mimic herding and tracking: their agility is remarkable. They may be seen corralling other animals in the house from time to time! They are playful and safe with children.
Last but not least, the dogs are super runners who can burn calories with abandon. This keeps their weight in balance and their health on track. You don’t need to do much for them beyond the basics. They have their own routines and schedules. They know want they want and go for it with glee. Since they love treats, training is a breeze. They love to cuddle, so enjoy their furry warmth on a cold winter night. And they don’t mind car trips either. They are fearless and make good household guards if you are so inclined.