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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Many people will be of the opinion that you should always rescue… however, I personally feel that if you and your breeder are both responsible, then there is no reason at all not to get a puppy. You just need to make sure to do your research and make sure you’re ready to commit. Sadly, I have been hearing more and more lately, of so many people getting new puppies without realising how much hard work is involved.
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I’m no expert of course, but after a successful first few months with Reggie, here are 8 things that I think you need to consider before you get a puppy!
There will be some sleepless nights andearly morning wake up calls
The first two nights that Reggie was first home were very hard, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that. We were fully prepared for it though and it wasn’t a shock, and actually we didn’t really mind, although hearing your new pup cry endlessly is absolutely heartbreaking.
We had already decided that Reggie would not sleep upstairs with us, so the hardest thing was not to give in to his cries and let him come up. It’s really important to ride it out though and start as you mean to go on.
Here are some helpful tips for the first few nights!
Play with your puppy for a while before bedtime, and try not to let them sleep too much during the day.
A good breeder will give you a blanket, or something with the mother’s scent, this will reassure your puppy when you’re not around.
Start as you mean to go on. Wherever you want your dog to sleep, do it from day one and don’t give in to the temptation to change it “just for the first night”.
You will still need to keep a close eye to make sure they’re not too distressed. I suggest going to check in between cries and whines, to hopefully promote to them that you will come back when they’re NOT crying.
You won’t get much sleep the first night, and guess what? The second night is even worse. Persevere though, and after the first few nights it should be fine!
Not only will you not get much sleep during those first nights home, but you’re going to need to get up early too. We were up at 4am from the first morning with him, which gradually got a bit later and now he generally lets us lay in until about 6am, although we often still hear him stirring very early. (I will say that we are also early risers anyway, so perhaps he’s just got used to that!)
There will be plenty of accidents
Our breeder had done a fantastic job of getting toilet training started, but that doesn’t mean Reggie came home and knew exactly what to do and where to go for his business!
We had plenty of accidents for the first couple of weeks and had many poops on rugs, and even a wee on our brand new sofa… but it’s just what happens when you get a new puppy. It can be frustrating, but you have to just accept it!
Here are some helpful tips for toilet training:
DON’T get angry and punish them, just take them outside or to wherever you want them to learn to go.
When they go in the right place, give them plenty of praise and treats.
When you think they’ve cracked it… there will still be accidents! Don’t be discouraged, they’ll get there. Reggie went weeks with no accidents in doors, then all of a sudden… it was like he just forgot it all over again.
Buy an odour destroyer! This will get rid of the scent and prevent the pup going in the same place again.
Take then out to the toilet regularly, even if they might not need to go. We took Reggie outside every two hours for the first couple of weeks and it really helped.
Be prepared you either get up in the night for a toilet trip, or get up super early.
Be prepared for diarrhoea, and probably vomit too, not just a little bit of wee or poop. I hate to break it to you, but your puppy will probably have an upset tummy when you first get them home.
Besides toilet related accidents, there will always be a mess
Our house is never clean and tidy anymore. Plain and simple! Even when it is, it doesn’t last long… Some mess that we have been left since having a pup:
Stuffing from toys
Dog food on the floors and walls
Fur. So much fur.
Laundry taken from the basket and strewn everywhere
Chewed up shoes
Permanently muddy floors
Water from struggling to give him a bath
Leaves and dug up plants from the garden
Torn up post… bonus info… puppies CHEW EVERYTHING!
You’ll be spending a lot of timeoutdoors and in all weathers
This should be a given but we hear of so many people that don’t walk their dogs! I shouldn’t have to say it, but dogs need to be walked and it doesn’t matter if it’s bad weather outside.
Of course, not all dogs require the same amount of exercise so you should make sure that you research the particular breed you’re getting to make sure you give them the correct amount.
Reggie does actually sometimes refuse to walk in the rain, but we still encourage him to keep going so he can at least go to the toilet and burn off some energy.
You need to give your constant attention (even when you’reunwell or tired)
Again, different breeds require different amounts of attention and maintenance, but it goes without saying that when you first have a puppy they will take up all of your time and focus.
They will want to explore everything, chew everything, eat everything, go to the toilet all the time… so you need to keep a close eye! Not only that, but there’s the training and playing too. You’ll be on the go much more than you might think!
Much like a new baby, a puppy will require your undivided attention and honestly it’s just not fair to them if you can’t commit to that.
There are times that Dale and I are really tired, or have been ill, but we still have to walk, feed and play with Reggie – it’s not always cute fun and games!
Make sure you’re financially prepared
Again, different breeds costs different amounts but it seems common that breeders have put their prices up significantly recently, however it’s not just the cost of getting your puppy to consider. You also need to think about:
Vet bills – worming, flea treatments, neutering and the unfortunate unexpected bills (research common health concerns in your breed!)
Food and treats
Toys… I’m terrible for wanting to get Reggie all the cute toys we see!
Replacements for all the things they will destroy…
You’re not just getting a puppy, you’re getting a dog
That probably sounds silly but many people just think about the short term, cute puppy they’re getting. But remember this, they’re not puppies for long… you’re committing to having a dog for a significant number of years!
You will have to leave them home alone at some point andthe guilt is awful
This was the thing I wasn’t overly prepared for… I genuinely didn’t realise how guilty I could feel leaving my baby at home… yep, my baby. Unfortunately though, we can’t stay home with them all the time, or take them everywhere, so it does have to be done at some point.
Of course, you can’t leave them alone too long either and so another responsibility to consider is making sure someone can always get home. We never leave Reggie alone for more than 4 or 5 hours and I hate it every time we have to do it.
However, it’s always something to look forward coming home to!
So, that’s 8 things I think everyone should consider before getting a puppy! If you have anything to add to the list then be sure to mention it in the comments.
Stay tuned for more puppy and Corgi related posts ❤
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!
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.
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.
I hope you enjoyed this slightly different post from me, stay tune for future Corgi content!