Questions about corgis

Discussion in 'General Corgi Discussions' started by Jatmoinpet, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. Jatmoinpet

    Jatmoinpet New Member

    Hi, we are on a waiting list for a corgi. We have done a lot of research. Some articles say barking and friendliness towards other dogs and people can be a problem for corgis. We would socialize the pup earLy to other dogs at the park etc and people. Considering they are herding dogs, is barking something that can be managed early on. We spend a lot of time at the family cottage in the summer where there are other dogs and lots of people and it would be great if the corgi shared the property!! Can anyone shed some light on these matters for me?
  2. fromperpig

    fromperpig Member

    It's been said, pems have the intelligence of a 4-5yo child. Personally, I think that's low.

    Think about the best boss you ever worked for. What makes a great "leader"?

    1. They are consistent
    2. They are responsible
    3. They are calm
    4. They are reasonable
    5. They are firm but seldom angry
    6. They are teachers
    7. They repeat

    Now, think. Do you know of a dog that barks incessantly? That behaves aggressively? That can't be controlled? That does not come when called?
    Have one in mind? Now, think about the person(s) who owns that dog...

    Dump the "research". Think of them as a child, not a corgi. &, you're its "parent", not the owner. Pems learn faster, hands down, than any kid you'll ever know, too.
  3. Jatmoinpet

    Jatmoinpet New Member

    I will be the main caregiver but I do have 2 teenagers and an 11 year old as well that I hope will be on the same page as me but kids are kids!
  4. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    Fromper's reply is excellent.

    Corgis are NOT inappropriate barkers and Pembrokes are rated one of the top ten breeds (there are 340-odd) for being best with children. Corgis are NOT unfriendly with other dogs, other breeds and other people. There are always exceptions. Cardigans are typically less enamoured and more reserved with strangers than are Pems. But it is a complete disservice to categorise Corgis in the way you have heard.

    I have had seven Pem Corgis and my present two are not exceptional on one hand but are exceptional on the other. My 12 month old ultra-playful pup Fletcher simply loves every dog and finds some good even in the most temperamental of them. He has never snarled, snapped, growled or being inappropriately rough with any. Taylor just loves people to bits and none more so than children. He just loves being petted by as many little hands at once as possible. Off-leash with groups of people of any age, he will go and visit each one of them without any prompting from me. I do public readings of his adventures.

    I have run a Corgi social club for nearly 12 years and there has never been an ani social Corgi with people and less than the finger count on one hand whop have been dicey with other dogs.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2016
  5. Jatmoinpet

    Jatmoinpet New Member

    That is great news. I am so happy to read your post! A lot of the articles say u have to socialize them early at dog parks etc in order to ensure friendliness with other dogs. It's almost implied that they are very territorial and bossy with other dogs because they are herding dogs. I just wanted to make sure because when I make a commitment I make a commitment. We spend a lot of time at public places and cottages and to where there are lots of people and dogs around and of coarse I want our corgi to be a part of that. Our 17, 15, and 11 year old have friends over often (especially the 11 year old playing soccer and football outside) so our corgi will be around people a lot!!
  6. fromperpig

    fromperpig Member

    Many families think getting a dog for "the kids" is cool. Problem is, 9 out 10 kids are either too busy, too "distracted", too lazy / irresponsible or any combination of these three.

    I took care of family pets since I was 7 years old but I didn't have friends, I studied, a lot, and kept to myself, most of the time...In other words, I was a "odd-ball". I hope you have an "odd-ball" in your family, Jatmoinpet...for your sake. Either that or you or your wife have the time and discipline to care and train your puppy. Because, corgis do not do raise, well, by "committee". They trust & follow only the "leader".

    Those articles you were reading about barking, yapping pembrokes? It doesn't just apply to pembrokes. It applies to any breed or mutt being raised by families that have little or no time to raise another "child". Because, that's how smart these dogs are...a young child.
  7. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    Socialise Corgis with people and with other dogs regularly ASAP after he/she comes into your life. Make play times as frequent as possible and both arrange games and also take the cue from your Corgi on what he/she invents as a game. Both my Corgis love playing the throw the ball down the staircase game with them at the top of the stairs and you down the bottom so you can try and catch the ball or stop the ball and throw it back. Fletcher will never resist from wanting to be chased around the lounges first before going out for a walk - a toilet walk or otherwise. And outside the house on my property in my 'jungle' there is the full joy of chasing or being chased around a dozen different ways of circulating.

    Dont bring home a Corgi pup from their both home until they are at least nine weeks old - 10-13 weeks is best.
  8. Jatmoinpet

    Jatmoinpet New Member

    Why 10-13 weeks. Our breeder lets them go to heir forever home at 8 weeks?
  9. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    1/ Dogs are not for kids per se. They (Corgis) are to be supervised cared for and managed by responsible adults, and the children are given privileges under supervision and guidance in relation to the Corgi of the house. A week ago Fletcher stopped on a walk around the local streets to take a long interested look at three little kids playing in the front yard of the house. He so wanted to join them. And recently he refused to move away from a 9 month old baby sitting on the grass in a park because he just wanted to enjoy the contact and interaction. So Fletcher doesn't enjoy being surrounded by kids but on a lesser basis he's all for it.

    2/ Eight weeks or sooner is deemed too young and the development at that age is critical. Even the Pembroke Corgi Assoc of the USA recommends nine weeks as the minimum age for shifting to a new owner and environment. Your breeder is out of step as are so many Corgi breeders in the USA. Ten-13 weeks is even more beneficial for both the puppy and the new owner. Between 6-9/10 weeks the breeder should be introducing the puppy to new sights, sounds and experiences so that when he/she comes to you the puppy will be less phased out, less anxious and fearful and more easily settled, adaptable and comfortable.
    Puppies under five weeks should not be handled by anyone outside of the breeder and the vet.

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