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7 Of The WORST Things About Having A Corgi

Let me just start out now saying that I adore having a Corgi and when I say WORST, I’m in no way shape or form complaining! However, there are still a handful of drawbacks and this small list is mine…

1. You always get attention whilst out for a walk

We actually often take Reggie to remote places or we walk before/after work when not many people are around. Not to avoid attention, and it’s not like we get swarmed every time we leave out house, but just because that’s what our routine is.

However, on most walks we get stopped by at least one person asking about him being a Corgi. It’s lovely when people take an interest but I’m not one for the attention! From what I gather, this isn’t just a Reggie thing, it’s a Corgi thing… so if you’re like me and don’t like the attention, be warned!

2. They shed like crazy

There’s an ongoing joke among Corgi owners that these dogs shed twice a year… for 6 months at a time. It’s not wrong! The shedding is relentless, so I would imagine that they are not a good breed if you have allergies, although I don’t know that for a fact. Regardless, if you don’t want dog hair everywhere, a Corgi really isn’t for you.

3. They need a lot of attention

Reggie will do anything to get our attention and is often getting as close as physically possible. He also gets particularly jealous if we’re fussing over another dog instead of him!

Owning any dog isn’t easy, or purely fun and games, but I’d say that a Corgi is one of the more difficult breeds in terms of how much time and attention they want from you. That being said, Reggie is also happy to have some time alone if he has to… he just wants your undivided attention all the time we’re home!

4. They will nip

Corgis were once used to herd cattle and these instincts are still apparent. It’s never too bad with Reggie but sometimes you can tell he’s trying to herd us and other dogs when we’re out for a walk, he will relentlessly chase if he can and unfortunately…. nip. Let me be clear, he’s not biting, and it never hurts but I know some people may take issue with a bit of nipping, especially if you have kids to think about.

5. They will try to rule the house

It’s in a Corgi’s nature to try and be the boss, so you have to establish your authority from day one. They KNOW they’re cute and will use it to get their own way… we’ve let Reggie get away with a lot, for example, he’s allowed on the bed now which was never going to happen! How can you resist that face though?

6. You need to keep an extra eye on their backs

Another thing Reggie pushes the boundaries on, is jumping off the furniture. Perhaps we should have been more strict in the beginning and not let him up, but he loves to cuddle with us and we love it too… however we learnt a scary lesson recently, when he woke up unable to walk one day.

A lot of expensive vet fees and weeks of anxiety later… we still don’t know really what caused it but the most likely explanation was that he’d hurt himself jumping of the bed in the night. It’s safe to say that we feel very guilty and so have now put provisions in place so he’d less inclined to jump, like a ramp, and he gets carried up and down the stairs. Sometimes we don’t catch him in time but it’s worth knowing that you must keep a close eye.

7. They’re very vocal

I absolutely adore everything about my boy, even with the downsides, but… if there was one thing I could possibly change, it would be his barking. Sometimes the noises he makes are quite amusing, including a range of strange grunts but then other times he goes overboard and will just bark incessantly to get whatever it is he wants.

He also barks if he sees another dog, not to be aggressive in the slightest as he thinks it’s how he can initiate play… but unfortunately and unsurprisingly, not everyone sees it this way and will often turn the other way!

All in all, having a Corgi is wonderful… but there are still down sides that are important to consider before owning one. I hope this post has been helpful and stay tuned for more Corgi content!

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8 Of The BEST Things About Corgis

I am definitely biased but… Corgis really are the best breed of dogs in the world. I have loved them for years and always wanted one of my own, I still can’t believe that I finally have one!

Recently I shared some of the things you should know before getting a puppy in general, but I wanted to get specific and hopefully encourage more people to get their own Corgi. In the UK, it’s surprisingly rare to see a Corgi anywhere, so hopefully this post will show you what is so great about them… because honestly having one is brilliant!

1. They’re always happy

Corgis always have a smile on their face but not only that, they have lovely temperaments. I’m sure there are some Corgis out there that are grumpy gits, but as a whole they’re a very happy and excitable breed. That energy is infectious and Reggie has definitely been a shining light during this difficult year.

Reggie is always smiling!

2. They’re full of character

Building on from that, they have generally great personalities and are FULL of character. I often feel like I’m having a proper conversation with Reggie because he’s so expressive (and vocal!). They’re playful, judgmental and all round hilarious.

I’d love to know what he’s thinking sometimes

3. Don’t be fooled by those tiny legs… they’re very athletic!

If you’re looking for a dog to go on long walks or runs with, don’t assume that a Corgis little legs won’t keep up with you! They’ve got the energy to match their personality, that’s for sure. Depending on what you’re looking for in a dog, maybe this isn’t for you but personally I think it’s a great thing.

The perfect companion for a long walk

4. They’re very adaptable

No matter what your living circumstances are, a Corgi will generally adapt and be happy no matter what. As long as you can give a decent chunk of your time to walking and training with them, it doesn’t really matter if you’re in a big house or a flat, the city or the countryside. From experience, Reggie loves a quiet walk along the beach just as much as in a busy town.

Happy to play no matter where he is

5. They’re smart and therefore easy to train

Corgis are very intelligent dogs, which makes them easy to train. They’re working dogs and aim to please so will work hard on learning new tricks… but be warned… they’re often too smart for their own good and will try to be boss!

Reggie learnt how to sit, lay down, roll over and come when called… all within the first couple of weeks we had him!

6. Everything about them is ADORABLE

Everything about Corgis is beyond cute. They’ve got it all covered: huge ears that flop when they run, a cute little waddle with their stumpy legs, a floofy butt, the little paw grabs and of course, the famous corgi sploot!

Sploot!

7. They’re affectionate

As long as he’s had a chance to play as well, Reggie is SO affectionate. He doesn’t understand boundaries though so will often get right up in your face but he loves a good cuddle on the sofa… with plenty of sloppy kisses too!

8. They’re great company

All in all, they’re the best companion you could ever ask for. Whilst I love dogs in general, Corgis really are the best in my opinion and I hope that I continue to have many of these wonderful creatures in my life for years to come!

Kisses!

Are you a corgi lover? If so what’s your favourite thing about them?!

Stay tuned for my list of the WORST things about Corgis!

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A Walk on the Beach With Reggie the Corgi

This is a somewhat different post for me, but after I got so many great photos on an early morning walk, I had an impromtu idea! A photo journal of sorts… I’ve been toying with the idea of sporadic journal posts for a while and so I suppose this is my first attempt. What better way to start something that with a sh*t load of Corgi photos!?

I haven’t posted about my dog on here yet, although I had planned too at some point. If you don’t follow on me on my socials then, to get you up to speed, I have a 7 month old Corgi puppy, called Reggie, and yes… he has his own Instagram. As this post was unplanned, I won’t go in to too much detail but if you’d like to see more Corgi related posts then let me know in the comments!

So, here’s what a weekend walk is typically like!

We arrived at The Warren in Folkestone, at half past 7 in the morning. It’s better to get there early, as it’s quieter and we’re also having a heatwave here right now so any later is too hot for the dog.

Another reason to go at this time of morning is that it means the tide will be out, and there’s a lovely, almost secluded, area of sandy beach that appears.

Reggie wasn’t the biggest fan of water when we first had him, but as he gets older he is certainly getting more curious and brave – he had his first swim today and I had a definite proud mum moment… I’m not afraid to admit that I am in fact the kind of person that treats my dog like my child!

Of course, getting wet means having a good shake after!

Giving Taylor Swift a run for her money

Looking so majestic…

Oh no, he just needs to shake again…

Only a dog could look this cute whilst shaking dry!

After shaking off the salty water, it’s time to explore… with his nose of course…

Once Reggie catches a scent, he might wander off, but he’ll never go far without checking where we are.

He’ll often spend a walk, running back and forth… off for an explore and then back to us.

Little legs, big heart!

It does pain me to admit it, but there is a clear favourite human… and it’s not me!

I have so many cute photos of these two, simply because Reggie will not leave his side, even following him in to the sea.

After a dip in the sea, it was time for a run around – Reggie loves being chased, as well as doing the chasing…

“Corgdad” tried to entice Reggie back in to the sea, but by this point he’d lost interest.

Watch out for the Corgi approaching…

3.5 miles done and it was time to head home. This lovely spot is a 5 minute drive from where we live and luckily, Reggie is really good in the car and isn’t at all bothered.

Enjoying the breeze from the window

I hope you enjoyed this slightly different post from me, stay tune for future Corgi content!