Corgis are one of the most famous smaller dog breeds,
although technically they are medium-sized dogs. Closely related to Dachshunds, they are much sturdier and have a long history of being a hard-working dog. That means that they have much more energy than you may expect from such an apparently small dog, as well as an intellect that you really should not underestimate-especially when food is involved.
As its name suggests, the Welsh Corgi was a dog that was used to manage animals on farms in Wales. They had a wide range of tasks, from herding and leading to catching pests and keeping flocks of fowl in line. While they may not be as energetic as their larger counterparts, they are by no means sedentary dogs.
They may do as they are told, but only when it suits them. Corgis love their people unconditionally;
however, that does not stop them from trying to have things their own way. They can be easily persuaded that you are alpha, but that does not mean that they will necessarily accept your rules. When left to their own devices, Corgis can figure out ways to do things that they know you will not approve of, and then try to hide the evidence. A Corgi can be both an incredibly mischievous and loveable dog that you will need to keep an eye on if you are to keep it out of trouble.
There are two types of Welsh Corgis: the Pembroke and the Cardigan. The Pembroke is the more popular and common of the two. Pembrokes are known for being incredibly friendly and affectionate with nearly everyone. Cardigans tend to be more reserved and quiet, and are more likely to be suspicious of strangers. However, one thing to keep in mind about Corgis is that all of them are unique individuals. You can encounter a Pembroke that is skittish and wary of strangers, or you may find a Cardigan that is every bit as outgoing and friendly as any Pembroke. Ultimately, each Corgi is an individual that is not defined by which type of Corgi it is.
Corgis are fantastic dogs and are easy to recognize with their long backs, short legs, and friendly expression. Their fox-like faces are topped with a couple of adorable ears that look as large as the Corgi's face.
With their long history and easy, friendly manners, Corgis are a great dog for most people. They make a great starter dog for those who have never had a dog, or a great challenge for those who want to be able to train their dog into something fascinating.