Post # 1
Long story short (I wrote the long one and then deleted it ), I will be in the market for a corgi puppy in April.
I have heard one negative about their behavior. Is it true that they tend to nip at people’s heels?
Can they be trained to not do this?
Also, what are your good/bad experiences with this breed?
Post # 3
Well, I don’t have the new pup YET but I did just do a bunch of researching on the breed.
They’re a herding breed so they can be nippy but they seem to be much less so than the other breeds in the group. They also have a reputation for being great with kids (who tend to bring out herdiness in dogs) so I think it’s definitely something a behavior that can be prevented or corrected.
The breeders’ adult dogs were all fantastic and really well behaved. There was a 7 year old girl scrambling around on her hands and knees getting the puppies to chase her and they didn’t even bat an eye. They barked at the door when we knocked but let us in without complaint.
They are a herding/working dog so they do best when they have a job but they seem to be more laid back than others in the group. They also have the reputation for destructiveness when bored but give them plenty of exercise/a job and that should take care of it. (We’ll definitely be crating our pup.)
Good luck finding one. I’ve really fallen for the breed. 🙂
Post # 4
My Scout does… but not to us. She will nip puppies and 3 year old children, however. We just keep her from chasing the small children. The puppies – well, we tell friends to bring them over at your own risk.
Scout is a rescue, so her issues are probably not breed specific. She’s VERY wary of strangers and super protective of us. Our neighbor’s Corgi loves everyone and shakes her little bunny butt whenever someone comes near. The frapping at night is fun to us, but may get on some people’s nerves (‘Round about 10 PM almost every night she starts running around and yapping like a crazy dog. This is a breed thing from what I’ve been told.)
I love my girl. They are great dogs. Here’s a gratuitous picture…
Post # 5
I’ve never done crating with a dog (although the last puppy I had was YEARS ago when I was in junior high). My BF used to help his dad raise dogs, his dad is a musher with about 40 dogs. So he seems pretty confident that he can handle the training.
I hope he can fix the nipping if that comes to be an issue.
Post # 6
@Lames:ADORABLE! I’m also considering a rescue, so may not be a purebred
Post # 7
I wouldn’t worry about the nipping. It’s just nipping. The dogs don’t even yell… neither does the 3 year old come to think of it (My FI’s best friend’s kid is over a lot – he thinks she’s funny).
I doubt Scout is purebred… I think she has Chow in her. Our trainer raises Corgi’s and swears she some old fashioned kind of Corgi. I think she’s on crack.
YAY RESCUES! I say totally do a rescue. I swear Scout knows and loves us more for it.
Post # 9
I haven’t owned one, but having been around more than a few… and working at an animal shelter (we had three purebred corgi puppies at one point, so I had to learn about the breed), I’ve learned quite a bit about them.
Personally I think they are great dogs, they have a lot of energy and are larger than you would initially think (they can be quite heavy!). Even though they are little they are a herding breed so they come with all of the characteristics: high energy, can be dominant, herding children and small animals etc. That said they also have the great characteristics: very smart, willing to please, and loyal. Having said that, there are always exceptions to the rule… So you never TRULY know what you are going to get. They also have a double coat so they typically shed alot.
I would suggest getting one if you have a large yard, or plan to take them on a lot of walks (a tired dog is a happy dog). It is also a good idea to start training early, and maybe even try agility/flyball/frisbee with them, herding dogs really like to have jobs… They have very active minds so you want to keep them busy so they don’t “learn” any bad habits.
I didn’t read through all of the threads, so some of that may be repeat information… but that is what I’ve learned about them. Like I said, I think they are great dogs in the right environment (I don’t think a corgi would do well in an apartment with an owner who works 10 hours a day.). But someone/family with an ample yard/a good amount of time who wants a companion to spend a good amount of time with, then they are great dogs.
Post # 10
Herding dogs tend to try to “herd” everything, including people. That’s why Corgis nip heels, they nip heels to herd cattle (different herding dogs have differently methods, corgis nip, border collies stare, etc.), so when they are “herding” people, they also nip heels.
The the herding behavior is typically more prominent around children since kids will run around and the instinct to “drive” them will kick in with the dog.
Yes, they can be trained not to [as much], but also remember you’re training against instinct and bred-for behavior, so it’s a little more challenging than training “sit”.
Post # 11
I grew up with 2 different corgi’s and now of one of my own. I love them!
I’ve never had issues with them nipping, but they were all trained from an early age to not bite, etc. They were all also crate trained and then eventually allowed to stay out when they were older.
We did have a problem with our first one. We moved and my mom went from staying at home to work part time so the dog was home alone a lot more. It didn’t adjust well and ended up tearing up our house. I think that was more our fault than the dog’s though.
Of course had to share a picture of my pup now…she’s almost 4 but never gained the corgi weight that most do.
Post # 12
My BF caught me just looking at pictures of corgis the other day. He said I was obsessed, I didn’t want to tell him that I spend WAY more time on here! 🙂
(we’re not engaged yet, lol)
Post # 13
My corgi does not nip heels. He does chase and bark at anything that is moving fast though. This includes other dogs, children, cats, electronic toys, animals outside, etc etc etc. He’s not always the favorite at the dog park because not all dogs appreciate being “herded” lol.
I’d say the two negatives of the breed that I’ve seen is 1) they tend to be VERY vocal (which doesn’t actually bother me at all but I feel like people comment on it a lot), and 2) they have some health issues. My pup is only 6 and he’s already had some back issues.
The health issues won’t be as bad though probably if you get your dog from a reputable breeder. Mine was a pound puppy (who I am almost sure was a backyard breeder or puppymill dog because he doesn’t fit the breed standard very well at all) so he probably has more health issues than he should.
Post # 14
Not a corgi owner, but I just wanted to say that, in regards to Scout being purebred or not, he looks just like the corgi as my barn minus the little “blaze” and she is a purebred. Also, I’ve never seen her attempt to herd the horses or people, but she’s also an older dog, so she just may not care anymore. lol
Post # 15
When Eva the Diva (our pembroke Corgi) was very little, she would try to herd us – nipping at our heels to get us to take her outside or feed her a little faster. for the first few weeks I had bruises on my legs from her nips, but basic training(at petsmart) and the corrective “eh, eh, eh!” solved that problem very quickly and she hasn’t nipped since!
Post # 16
i have a Corgi/jack russell mix, Sophie. Yes, she’s a heel-nipper. It’s part of the Corgi herding instinct. Annoying, but tolerable. She’s 7 yrs old now, doesn’t do it quite as much as when she was younger, but still has a tendency to do so.