Guide to Corgi 3.
3. Corgi Secrets
The Corgi is one of the few breeds of herding canines that are able to successfully herd geese.
The Corgi (from the Spitz family of dogs) is closely related to the Siberian Husky.
The word "Corgi" is Welsh for "dwarf dog".
The Corgi is considered a "vulnerable ” breed in the United Kingdom because there were less than 300 dogs registered, and in order to stay off the list, the minimum number of registrations is 300.
The Pembroke Corgi is also known as the "Fairy Dog of Wales”.
The legend of the Fairy Dog of Wales:
According to Welsh legend the Corgi sprang from the lairs of fairies and elves!
As the legend goes, one day two children were out in the fields tending to their family's cattle when they found a couple of puppies. The children thought they were foxes, but recognizing something different about them, bundled them up and took them home. Their parents immediately saw that the pups were not foxes, but dogs, and told their children that the pups were a gift from the fairies that lived in the fields.
The fairies used them to pull their carriages and sometimes ride into battle.
As proof that Pembrokes were indeed the mounts of fairies, the parents pointed to the marks on their backs where the fairy saddle had been placed on their shoulders. The children were delighted and cherished their pups. As they grew, the dogs became treasured companions and learned to help the children take care of the family's cattle.
Corgis are the smallest of the FCI herding group classification.
Corgis are sometimes used as service dogs for the hearing impaired.
Some famous individuals that have chosen to share their lives with the popular Corgi include:
French President, Charles de Gaulle.
Queen Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 Corgis during her lifetime and keeps at least four dogs at all times. She now has two Corgis (Willow and Holly) and two hybrid Dorgis that are part Corgi and part Dachshund (Candy and Vulcan). Queen Elizabeth’s first Corgi was named Susan and this breed of dog has been a part of the British Royal Family for over 70 years.
Sutter, owned by Jerry Brown, Governor of California.
The Shah of Persia, Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi.
The former Governor General of New Zealand, Sir Paul Reeves.
They “tell” us when they are unhappy, when they are bored, when they are under-exercised, yet often we do not pay attention, or we just think they are being badly behaved.
Many humans today are deciding to have dogs, instead of children, and then attempting to manipulate their dogs into being small (or large) fur children. This is having a seriously detrimental effect upon the health and behaviour of our canine companions.
In order to be the best guardians for our dogs, we humans need to have a better understanding of what our dogs need from us, rather than what we need from them, so that they can live in safety and harmony within our human environment.
Sadly, many of us humans are not well equipped to give our dogs what they really need and that is why there are so many homeless, abandoned and frustrated dogs.
As a professional dog whisperer who is challenged with the task of finding amicable solutions for canine/human relationships that have gone bad, once the humans understand what needs to be changed, almost every stressful canine/human relationship can be turned into a happy, forever after.
The sad part is that many humans are simply not willing to do the work and devote the time necessary to ensuring that their dog’s needs are met.
Almost all canine problems are a direct result of ignorance or unwillingness on the part of the canine guardian to learn what the dog truly needs. Forget about the breed for the moment, because what the dog needs to be a happy and well-balanced family member has nothing to do with size, shape, colour or breed.
First and foremost, our dogs need to be respected for their unique canine qualities.
For millennia, dog has been considered “Man's best friend", and in today's society, when we want to do the best by our canine companions and create a harmonious relationship, we humans need to spend more time receiving the proper training so that we humans can learn how Man can be dog’s best friend.
A Corgi is a dog and therefore can be "Man's best friend” providing that the human guardian gains the knowledge they need in order to create a happy environment for the dog.
That's the biggest “secret” because if the human treats the dog well and understands what the dog needs, the dog will be happy and the owner will be happy. This is a universal truth that applies to any dog, whether a Corgi or any other breed.
For example, it is not possible to write a book specifically about “How to train a Corgi ” or specifically about what “The first few days with your Corgi" will entail, etc., as while basic training techniques apply to every dog, every dog and every human/dog relationship will be unique.
For this reason, when referring to daily feeding, care, house training, behavioural training, socializing, etc., these chapters are not written to apply specifically to the Corgi breed, as this information can be applied equally successfully to any dog.
What we humans need to remember is that it is absolutely true that “ With the proper training, Man can learn to be Jog's best friend. ”
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