Hi all, Lily the corgi here. Last week’s article produced a lot of questions from the Corgis out there, so this week I’ll try to answer a few of those.
Our first reader writes, “While at the dog park yesterday, I met a new friend who CLAIMED he was a corgi, but I’m skeptical. This guy had a TAIL!! What’s the scoop on corgi tails?” Signed, Confused in Cleveland.
Answer: Dear Confused, To answer this question, I’ll have to discuss the 2 distinct corgi breeds—the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Judging from your letter, Confused, I’m guessing you, like me, are a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. We Pems are usually tail-free, either by genetics or by docking early in life. You’ll sometimes find a Pembroke who retains a tail, but that isn’t the norm. Cardigans on the other hand, almost always have tails. So, despite the fact that you aren’t used to tailless corgis, your new friend may be 100% corgi even with a tail! (How in the world can people see your cute pants if you have a tail?)
(Super cute view of my corgi butt—Pembroke, of course.)
One reader asked, “After a couple of litters, I’ve kept on a few pounds. Tell me, what exactly is a healthy weight for us corgi girls?” Signed, Big Mama in Big D.
Answer: Dear Big, it is so easy for us corgis to tack on the extra weight—we’re so darned cute our humans can’t resist overfeeding us. Of course there are variations depending on bone structure, age, and possible inter-breed mixing, but rule of thumb is that a Pembroke is 10 to 12 inches tall with guys weighing up to 30 lbs and girls a little smaller at no more than 28 lbs. Our Cardigan cousins are about ½ inch or so taller and can carry up to 38 lbs (boys) and 34 lbs (girls). If you find yourself a little larger than the breed standard, don’t despair—as long as your height and weight are proportionate, you’re probably perfect.
(I must admit I, myself, have put on a few pounds. Here I was as a slimmer corgi girl!)
Another corgi puts the question, “Lily, I’ve never written in to any celebrity before, but I’m hoping you can help me work through something that troubles me. I come from a long line of show champions, but I heard my humans say my sister was disqualified from the show ring because of her long hair. I think my sister is lovely; isn’t it a shame people don’t appreciate her beauty?” Signed, Sad Sister in Seattle.
Answer: Dear Sad, I too had a beautiful long haired sister, Audrey. Humans call these long haired corgis “fluffy” and, sadly, these beauties are unacceptable for the dog shows. My sister Audrey was tossed aside by her original owners because she was fluffy, but my human parents were thrilled to adopt her because they knew she was a fabulous dog even if she would never win cups or ribbons or awards.
(My fluffy sister, the late Audrey)
And our final writer asks, “Dear Lily, I love your articles. Hey, I’m a shy guy and I’ve been told I’m not a normal corgi. Can I be reserved yet still be a proper corgi?” Signed, Quiet in Queens.
Answer: Dear Quiet, While it is true that most corgis are very outgoing, friendly, and gregarious, it is still normal for a corgi to have a more sedate side. Corgi girls especially tend to be pretty outspoken, but every dog has his/her own personality. Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t great just the way you are!
Well, I hope this helps everyone understand the wonderfulness that is the corgi!! See you next week.