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Before you purchase a Corgi, think about why you want a dog. Corgi's live 12 to 15 years, and over that time span you will invest a fair amount of time, energy and expense.

Puppy buying should never be a spur-of-the-moment decision. A lot of thought, consideration and research should be undertaken before a new pup is brought into a home. Owning a dog is a choice for life. Consider the care, obligation and responsibility that is attached for the life of that pet.

Here are a few things you should know before buying a Corgi.

1. Grooming: Corgi's have a double coat consisting of a harsher outer coat and a thick, dense undercoat and they DO SHED. Shedding can be kept under control with routine grooming sessions.

Nail clipping should be done monthly and started at an early age so they become use to the idea of having their feet handled and will tolerate the nail clipping.

Ears need to be checked periodicaly and cleaned as needed.

Bathing is only required as needed.

2. Exercise: Corgi's do require some exercise,  if allowed to become a couch potato, he will easily gain too much weight. Corgi's should be taken outside daily to play, whether it be a game of fetch, regular walks in the neighborhood, or a hike in the woods.

3. Training: Corgi's excel in the performance arenas of herding and agility. They should attend puppy kindergarten for socialization and then obedience classes to learn the basics and good manners.

4. Feeding: Corgi's do not require alot of food. They should eat 2 meals a day, between 1/2 cup to 1 cup per meal. Some Corgi's will always act hungry, don't fall for it! When giving treats, make sure they are healthy, low fat/calorie treats.

5. Children: Corgi's are usually excellent with children if raised with them properly. I do not advise getting a puppy for a child. Children need to learn how to behave around dogs and respect them, and the dog needs to be taught the same. I highly recommend crate training your puppy.

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Cathy's must have books to read:

The New Complete Pembroke Welsh Corgi by John Wiley & Sons Inc.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi: Family friend & farmhand by Susan M Ewing

Welsh Corgi's: Pembroke & Cardigan by Richard Beauchamp

Cesar's Way by Cesar Millan

The Canine Good Citizen by Jack & Wendy Volhard

Natural Health for Dogs & Cats by Pitcairn & Pitcairn

Are you a cat lover? Check out these Scottish Folds www.franciscanfolds.com Corgi's get along great with cats!



A Little History

Legend has it that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an "enchanted" dog, and certainly this must be true! 'Tis said he was used by the fairies and elves of Wales to pull fairy coaches, work fairy cattle, and serve as a steed for the fairy warriors. Even today those people with keen eyes and understanding hearts may see the marks of the "fairy saddle" in the coat over the shoulders.

Pembrokes have been used by the Welsh as herding dogs, family companions, and guardians of the farm. They continue today to be workers and companions for their owners. It is believed that their ancestry dates back to at least the tenth century. It is unknown whether they are descended from the Vallhunds (Swedish cattle dogs possibly brought to Pembrokeshire by the Vikings) or from the ancestors of the present-day Schipperkes and Pomeranians that were brought to Whales by Flemish weavers.

In the 1920's Corgis were recognized as pur-bred dogs in the United Kingdom. In 1934 the Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis were recognized by the English Kennel Club as seperate breeds. American Kennel Club recognition of the two distinct breeds also occurred in that same year.

Pembrokes are sensitive and intelligent dogs. They are easily trained as long as training is done with a gentle handling and without severe physical correction. They are healthy and long-lived dogs and are excellent companions for either rural or urban families.

( written by PWCCA)