AVERAGE SIZE OF ADULT: Very Small
EXERCISE REQUIREMENT: Medium
GROOMING REQUIREMENT: Low
AVERAGE LIFESPAN: 14-16 years
Despite huge demand for puppies it is believed that the ban on tail docking is what may have caused so many breeders to give-up, believing it has spoilt the look of the dog. However, the Corgi remains a versatile dog that suits many households.
The Corgi has short legs and a comparatively large, long body. He has erect, fox-like ears and a short tail that as discussed, has traditionally been docked. The coat is either red and white or tri-coloured and is usually short, but long variations can occur. He is a strong, loyal and highly intelligent dog that was originally bred for herding cattle as he was able to nip at their heels and avoid being kicked, being so low to the ground.
Generally good with children they excel at obedience and can make excellent guard dogs as they are prone to a lot of barking. A naturally active dog the Corgi can live in the town or the country, providing it is given daily exercise. The coat needs the minimum amount of grooming and benefits from the occasional bath, moulting just twice a year. The Corgi is a relatively healthy dog who has a life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years.