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Old 01-30-2014, 11:53 PM
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I have slowly fallen in love with them (both types) (long distance since I've never seen one in person) and would love to own one someday. What can you tell me about them?

How are they with cats?
Is DA/SSA a big problem?
How do they do with strange people/dogs?
Trainability?
What are the major health issues?

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My mother-in-law has one and she's a sweet and very funny dog. She's older and not awesome with other dogs, but not aggressive either. Just undersocialized I guess. She has bitten people a few times and has poor bite inhibition, but they got her from a pet store at 5 months so it's not surprising that she would has some issues.

Last year she had back problems - a slipped disc I think, but involved expensive surgery and physical therapy. Again, she's from a pet store so I don't know how common back issues really are with well bred dogs.

Overall I think they're really neat little dogs. I love cardis though I've only met a few at dog shows.
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I have slowly fallen in love with them (both types) (long distance since I've never seen one in person) and would love to own one someday. What can you tell me about them?

How are they with cats?
Is DA/SSA a big problem?
How do they do with strange people/dogs?
Trainability?
What are the major health issues?

Thanks!
They are awesome. I love them. I have a Cardigan Corgi and also lived with her half-sister for 2 years.

They're loud, and definitely herding dogs. Both girls like to use their voices, a lot. Not any more or less than my other herders, but they are loud.

Both the girls were FANTASTIC with the cats. Neither had been raised with cats, both were introduced to two itty kittens as adult dogs - no issues at all.

I have no experience with either of our girls having DA/SSA. Before I got Eden, the breeder was speaking to me about her brother but the breeder thought the dog might be a little snarky with my other male so we decided I should get the female (Eden) instead. Both the girls are very strong tempered dogs, but they have had a TON of dogs moving through (board and trains, work dogs, foster dogs, puppies, adults etc etc) and they have NEVER EVER had a problem with any of them. They are also fantastic at all sporting events they have been to. The two of them get along PERFECTLY and they were not raised as puppies together or anything.

Eden's temperament is totally outside of standard (that's why I got her), she's outrageously social, friendly, silly, go up to anyone and meet them etc. Poppy is more correct. She's more aloof, and she doesn't beg strangers to pet her - BUT she's totally social and safe. We have never had a problem with either of them meeting new people, of all ages. In fact, at one IPO trial, we handed the girls off to a gaggle of little girls (aged 8-13) and they played with them the entire day. We could see them the whole time of course, and the girls were raised with GSDs so they were wonderful with the Corgis but I don't know too many dogs that would've not only felt comfortable with that, but greatly enjoyed it like the Cardis did.

They're both very bright. Easy to train. Biddable. The food drive is out of this world. The toy drive is not so accessible in terms of using it to train with. They both like toys, like to tug, like to chase and chew, but neither like it enough to actually work FOR a toy. Food though, food can get them to do almost anything.

I can't really take credit for their upbringing at all. And next Corgi I add I will definitely going back to the same breeder. He absolutely was honest with what we were getting and he did a phenomenal job raising both the girls. They travel well, are easy to handle and manage, and are just all around awesome dogs!

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This is Eden's playlist...so you can see how "trainable" she is. She's got titles in multiple venues.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL17CBA52422E56ADD
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I think that I know more corgis with serious health problems than without. To me they strike me as a cute but problem-ridden breed.
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They can be the snarkyest little sh!tfaces, so be prepared for that.

I obviously have one, I won't have one again, and I'm not really a fan of the breed(s) in general.

Frodo is a nice big bundle of mental and physical health issues. He has anxiety, both generalized and separation based, he doesn't like strange dogs and is iffy with strange people. He also has hip dysplasia, carpal issues, and potential IVDD/bulging disk. And half of his lines are actually good breeding!

So after Frodo I thought maybe it was just Frodo that I didn't mesh well with, but the more of them that I meet, the more I realize that I really just don't care for them.

Obviously other people love them. I didn't do my homework as a 16 year old before I got mine. I just say meet a lot of them before you bring one home.
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I have a pem, Muffin. I seriously love him to pieces. I want 900 million corgis!

That being said, I do recommend meeting(preferably babysitting!!) them before getting one. They definitely do things on their own terms and they're def full of snark. Muffin is ok with other dogs 1 one 1, but he most certainly is NOT a dog park dog. With people it depends, sometimes he's aloof and sometimes he wants pets.

He doesn't have any real DA but he'll snap quickly if another dog annoys him. He doesn't have any SA with me, my friend claim he whines in his crate(downstairs) at night at their house... His crate at home is in my room and he doesn't make a peep. On vacation he was in the cabin's living room and nothing... So idk.

He likes to use his big boy voice... A lot, he also rooos all the time. He's not a yappey non-stop barker, he's an excited barker/roo-er.

If you do get one, make sure you go through a reputable breeder... Especially with pems. So many BYBs are breeding them with terrible health and temperaments just bc their little legs make them cute and the "queen has them."
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I wanted to add that my MIL's dog does the "roo" thing all the time. She does it on cue to "sing" and it's the cutest thing. She's not barky, but she's very talkative (which I much prefer to barky).

I also thought of something related to DA/SSA. MIL's pembroke lived with a female brittany for years without issues, so no SSA there.

Once at a show Watson wrestled with a cardi boy before they went into their separate group rings. Watson was 10 months old and I was only going into the group ring out of obligation, so I didn't care if he got his grooming all messed up by romping with another dog. I'm surprised the other owner was ok with it, but he seemed like a really nice guy. That dog definitely didn't have any DA or SSA at all and was quite friendly. I understand that's not totally typical though.
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I have 4 pems now. All rescues two are half brothers. I had there mom as well but adopted after I got the brothers. So 6 total 3 adult (senior rescues). I love them with all my heart I only have herding breeds but they can be serious dogs.
I have a had malinios and dutch shepherds as well as cattle dogs and all my corgi have been just as much dog in a shorter body. They can be so sweet, cuddle and loyal but they can be so snarky with other dogs too. And if a fight breaks out they are all in it (even my 13 yr. old female) and will fight-fight. They often weren't even involved in the incident that start it but they soon jump in and start grabbing and ripping and they go crazy bus nutz. My other dogs run for the hills. Yes, my high drive herding dogs run from my crazy corgis when they fight. As much as I love the breed, I am not sure I'd own any again. Health and temperament issues abound (all my dogs have ortho issue through the roof). Oh, we have two cats the dogs totally ignore them and 2 pet rats all my corgis love and protect from the other dogs. They are a whole lot of dog in a lil package. My corgi can be around other dogs just find but if someone brings it on they do not back down. Not to unusual for my to be pulling my smallest (24 lbs.) neutered boy corgi off some huge dog who crossed some imaginary line during a class or in the day care I supervise. Most herding dogs have bubbles they live in at least in there minds but corgi bubble are very big. When we have dogs come to board here it is not uncommon for my corgis to say you see all this, this is mine, that corner over there you can use but it's still mine. Until mean mom says they have to share which they do but only because I make them.
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They are awesome. I love them. I have a Cardigan Corgi and also lived with her half-sister for 2 years.

They're loud, and definitely herding dogs. Both girls like to use their voices, a lot. Not any more or less than my other herders, but they are loud.

Both the girls were FANTASTIC with the cats. Neither had been raised with cats, both were introduced to two itty kittens as adult dogs - no issues at all.

I have no experience with either of our girls having DA/SSA. Before I got Eden, the breeder was speaking to me about her brother but the breeder thought the dog might be a little snarky with my other male so we decided I should get the female (Eden) instead. Both the girls are very strong tempered dogs, but they have had a TON of dogs moving through (board and trains, work dogs, foster dogs, puppies, adults etc etc) and they have NEVER EVER had a problem with any of them. They are also fantastic at all sporting events they have been to. The two of them get along PERFECTLY and they were not raised as puppies together or anything.

Eden's temperament is totally outside of standard (that's why I got her), she's outrageously social, friendly, silly, go up to anyone and meet them etc. Poppy is more correct. She's more aloof, and she doesn't beg strangers to pet her - BUT she's totally social and safe. We have never had a problem with either of them meeting new people, of all ages. In fact, at one IPO trial, we handed the girls off to a gaggle of little girls (aged 8-13) and they played with them the entire day. We could see them the whole time of course, and the girls were raised with GSDs so they were wonderful with the Corgis but I don't know too many dogs that would've not only felt comfortable with that, but greatly enjoyed it like the Cardis did.

They're both very bright. Easy to train. Biddable. The food drive is out of this world. The toy drive is not so accessible in terms of using it to train with. They both like toys, like to tug, like to chase and chew, but neither like it enough to actually work FOR a toy. Food though, food can get them to do almost anything.

I can't really take credit for their upbringing at all. And next Corgi I add I will definitely going back to the same breeder. He absolutely was honest with what we were getting and he did a phenomenal job raising both the girls. They travel well, are easy to handle and manage, and are just all around awesome dogs!

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This is Eden's playlist...so you can see how "trainable" she is. She's got titles in multiple venues.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL17CBA52422E56ADD
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I have a pem, Muffin. I seriously love him to pieces. I want 900 million corgis!

That being said, I do recommend meeting(preferably babysitting!!) them before getting one. They definitely do things on their own terms and they're def full of snark. Muffin is ok with other dogs 1 one 1, but he most certainly is NOT a dog park dog. With people it depends, sometimes he's aloof and sometimes he wants pets.

He doesn't have any real DA but he'll snap quickly if another dog annoys him. He doesn't have any SA with me, my friend claim he whines in his crate(downstairs) at night at their house... His crate at home is in my room and he doesn't make a peep. On vacation he was in the cabin's living room and nothing... So idk.

He likes to use his big boy voice... A lot, he also rooos all the time. He's not a yappey non-stop barker, he's an excited barker/roo-er.

If you do get one, make sure you go through a reputable breeder... Especially with pems. So many BYBs are breeding them with terrible health and temperaments just bc their little legs make them cute and the "queen has them."
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I have 4 pems now. All rescues two are half brothers. I had there mom as well but adopted after I got the brothers. So 6 total 3 adult (senior rescues). I love them with all my heart I only have herding breeds but they can be serious dogs.
I have a had malinios and dutch shepherds as well as cattle dogs and all my corgi have been just as much dog in a shorter body. They can be so sweet, cuddle and loyal but they can be so snarky with other dogs too. And if a fight breaks out they are all in it (even my 13 yr. old female) and will fight-fight. They often weren't even involved in the incident that start it but they soon jump in and start grabbing and ripping and they go crazy bus nutz. My other dogs run for the hills. Yes, my high drive herding dogs run from my crazy corgis when they fight. As much as I love the breed, I am not sure I'd own any again. Health and temperament issues abound (all my dogs have ortho issue through the roof). Oh, we have two cats the dogs totally ignore them and 2 pet rats all my corgis love and protect from the other dogs. They are a whole lot of dog in a lil package. My corgi can be around other dogs just find but if someone brings it on they do not back down. Not to unusual for my to be pulling my smallest (24 lbs.) neutered boy corgi off some huge dog who crossed some imaginary line during a class or in the day care I supervise. Most herding dogs have bubbles they live in at least in there minds but corgi bubble are very big. When we have dogs come to board here it is not uncommon for my corgis to say you see all this, this is mine, that corner over there you can use but it's still mine. Until mean mom says they have to share which they do but only because I make them.
They sound nice on paper and TV (Dogs 101), but I don't think they'll be a good fit for me (already have one dog that will fight at the drop of a hat, don't need another).

Do both types have the same health issues?
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I think that I know more corgis with serious health problems than without. To me they strike me as a cute but problem-ridden breed.
Agreed. I have seen a good many with allergies and other issues like disc problems and bad patellas. The ones I have met are very cute and their temperaments are great, but, like rotties, their health problems scare me away.
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