Pembroke Welsh Corgies can be loyal and loving canine companions, but they have certain ”flaws” that you should know about before getting this cute dog into your life.
The bad things about Pembroke Welsh Corgies are :
- Prone to health issues ( problems with hip are on top of the list )
- Herding dogs ( not suitable for families with young children)
- Not a couch potato
- High-energy dogs require a lot of daily exercise and mental stimulation
- Very vocal, tend to bark a lot
- Heavy shedders
- Terrible guarddogs
- Prone to overweight
- Not suitable for 2-floor houses
- Not a good pet for anyone who is not 100% committed
Pembroke Welsh Corgies health issues
Pembroke Welsh Corgi may suffer from a certain number of health issues but the most common are Hip dysplasia, neurological disorders like Epilepsy, Degenerative Myelopathy, and progressive Retinol Atrophy.
Although Corgi’s health issues may not be life-threatening, they can be quite challenging in terms of finance for a dog owner.
For example surgery for hip dysplasia can range from 4000$-7000$ depending on your dog’s age, disorder severity overall dog health, and many other factors. If your Pembroke Welsh Corgi needs an operation on both hips you can expect to pay up to 15000$ including all necessary pre-surgical testing and bloodwork, anesthesia, meds…
Taking all this into account, ensure you get your Corgi from a good /reliable breeder. Before you decide on a pup, ask the breeder what kind of testing history their breeding dogs have. Hip, elbow, and eyes tests are a must.
Even if you get a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy from a reputable breeder do think about investing in good pet health insurance.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Is Not Suitable for Families with Young Children
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are herding dogs. They were made to herd livestock and their job consisted of chasing, barking, and nipping.
Although nowadays Corgis are usually pets and not working dogs, the herding instinct is still very strong.
So if you have young children, especially toddlers think twice before you bring a Pembroke to your house. These dogs like to herd young children and nip at their ankles. Although you can reduce this type of behavior with proper obedience training and early socialization, be aware of the fact that you cannot make it go away completely.
It’s good to know that Pembroke Welsh Corgis nip more when they are excited when ”objects” are moving quickly around them. If your Pembroke is trying to nip at your ankles while you are running or walking, you can turn off the stimulant by stopping right away. On the other hand, I am not sure you can make your toddler stop as soon as Corgi starts showing herding behavior.
If you do have a Pembroke puppy, start with obedience training and socialization early but also the toys like Herding balls or Flirt poles can help redirect his /her herding behavior from live objects to something that he/she can herd.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Is High Energy Dog, not a Couch Potato
Despite his size, Pembroke has a lot of energy and doesn’t like to lie down all day. Although he likes cuddles don’t expect him to be a lap dog.
As we said before Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a working breed. The working breeds have to be active, they need a daily job, and if you don’t give it to them, they will find it on their own and you won’t like it, that’s for sure! Pembroke with pent-up energy tends to become destructive, to bark excessively. Tired -out Corgi is a well-behaved Corgi!
Not all Pembroke Welsh Corgis have the same energy level but note that some average exercise requirements are 1 hour daily.
Pembrokes like walking, swimming, hiking, playing fetch, agility… But since these dogs are very smart, they need a good portion of mental stimulation every day. Luckily, even a simple long walk offers plenty of mental stimulants, new smells, new people with other pets, seeing squirrels and other small animals… just from time to time change route so your Corgi can enjoy new sources of mental stimulation.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Barks A lot!
Back to genetics, it’s more than clear that Pemborkes are really talkative dogs that bark a lot. Barking is part of the herding job so no matter how hard you try you cannot make this behavior vanish.
This is one of the reasons why Corgis are not good apartment dogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are noisy. They literally talk back. One of my friends who owns a Corgi said to me that his Corgi “talks” to him all the time. He makes grumbly growly noises constantly. If you’re not okay with a bit of barking, this is not your dog. Any Pembroke owner I’ve talked to has never been able to 100% train a Corgi not to bark.
But despite the fact, that these dogs will tell you every time they hear something, they are terrible guarddogs. Pembrokes are people-oriented dogs, they like people, and they have a friendly attitude even towards strangers.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Sheds A Lot
Theoretically speaking, Pembrokes shed twice a year. In reality, they shed all year round, don’t let anyone tell you differently. They do shed more during summer and winter though but they shed their hair in some form on daily basis.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi is categorized as a heavy shedder (like all double-coated dogs) so take this into consideration before getting this dog, especially if you have a problem with dog allergies or you are not prepared for constant vacuuming and home cleaning.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi is Prone To Overweight
Pembrokes are small dogs with a large appetite! They have a high food drive and will eat anything you give them, that’s why they should never be free-fed. A strict feeding schedule is a must in the case of Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Regular dog food, 3/4 to 1,5cups ( depends on dog’s age, activity level) divided into two meals and a proper physical activity will keep your Pembroke Welsh Corgi fit.
People that are not familiar with this breed, usually think that such small dogs don’t need a lot of physical activity, plus if they prefer free-feeding, Pembroke Welsh Corgi will become obese super quickly. Excess weight may lead to many health issues especially since this breed has genetically bad backs and problems with hips and joints.
We already said that Pembrokes have a high food drive. This can lead to obesity if the owner is not paying attention to how much his dog is eating but there is one good thing about this. Since they have a high food drive, it’s easy to train them using positive reinforcement. You can get Pembroke Welsh Corgi to do anything with little food incentive.
Stairs Are Bad For Pembroke Welsh Corgi
If you live in a 2-story home then you should pick another dog breed. Continuous use of stairs is not good for Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Since Corgis are prone to spinal problems, they should stay away from stairs. Both climbing and jumping can hurt their delicate back.
Of course, if they use stairs occasionally or just one or two times per day, their spine won’t suffer greater damage but long-term, regular use of the staircase will harm them.
Puppies ( under 1 year ) and seniors ( over 9 years ) are particularly sensitive groups and they should be avoiding stairs completely.
Not all stairs are the same, be especially careful with indoor tall and steep stairs, these are the most dangerous for your Corgi. Also, note that coming down is worse as puts more stress on spinal discs than climbing.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a great breed. But be aware of the fact that you have to be 100% committed if you want to have a well-behaved and happy Corgi. These are working dogs, and need a lot of daily physical activity ( despite their size) and a good portion of mental stimulation. So you should make time for your dog. No matter how hard you try some characteristics you won’t be able to change. These dogs are really talkative, they bark a lot, and they are pretty friendly with strangers. Besides dealing with the dog, you will be cleaning your house constantly as they are heavy shedders all year around.
Of course, they have flaws like any breed. If you can accept that and work on them as much as you can then you will get a great, loyal, and loving canine friend!