Corgis are a breed of cattle herding dogs that originated in Wales. There are two types of Welsh corgis, the Pembroke and the Cardigan. The Pembroke is the smaller of the two. Corgi is the Welsh word for dwarf dog.
Corgis are famous for their favor amongst the British Royal family. According to Wikipedia, the Queen has owned more than 30 Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
These dogs can herd large livestock like cattle by using speed, a nip at the heels, and strong will power.
Corgis are avid eaters and have to be kept on a stringent diet otherwise they gain weight easily and develop health issues. You can use a Corgi growth chart as a general guideline of what to expect as your corgi grows.
When Do Corgis Stop Growing
Are you wondering when do Corgis stop growing? Corgis are a small to medium size breed. They have short legs and a sturdy body. These breeds tend to stop growing when they’re about one year old.
Dogs that receive a balanced diet and get a lot of exercise, can fill out as they grow older. Although they are about full size when they are one year old, with exercise and good nutrition, they will reach their full size around three – four years.
Corgi Weight Chart
Growth of Welsh Corgi Pembroke female:
You can consult the corgi weight chart below to get an estimation what of your dog’s weight should be at different stages.
As you can see from the corgi weight chart, a Welsh Corgi Pembroke female should weigh between 9.6 and 12.1 lbs at three months.
At six months, the smaller Welsh Corgi Pembroke female weighs on average between 17.3 lbs and the larger dogs weigh around 22.1 lbs.
At one year of age, a Welsh Corgi Pembroke Female weighs between 22.1 and 28.4 lbs.
The smaller Welsh Corgi Pembroke females will stop growing around the age of 12 months and the bigger size dogs will stop growing at around 14 months.
Growth of Welsh Corgi Pembroke male:
Males are slightly bigger and weigh more than females. You can see from the corgi growth chart that the weight of the Welsh Corgi Pembroke male should be between 9.6 and 12.9 lbs at three months.
At six months, the smaller Welsh Corgi Pembroke male weighs on average 17.3 lbs and the larger dogs weigh about 23.6 lbs.
Your Welsh Corgi Pembroke male should weigh between 22.1 and 30.4 lbs when he is one year old.
The smaller Welsh Corgi Pembroke male will stop growing at the age of 12 months and the bigger dogs will stop growing around 14 months of age.
Corgi Puppy Weight Chart
|Age||Average Kg Female||Average Kg Male|
|3 months||4.3 kg - 5.5 kg||4.3 kg - 5.8 kg|
|4 months||5.8 kg - 7.2 kg||5.8 kg - 7.8 kg|
|5 months||7.0 kg - 8.8 kg||7.0 kg - 9.2 kg|
|6 months||7.8 kg - 10.0 kg||7.8 kg - 10.7 kg|
|7 months||8.8 kg - 10.8 kg||8.8 kg - 11.8 kg|
|8 months||9.2 kg - 11.8 kg||9.2 kg - 12.2 kg|
|9 months||9.5 kg - 12.1 kg||9.6 kg - 13.0 kg|
|10 months||9.7 kg - 12.4 kg||9.8 kg - 13.2 kg|
|11 months||10.0 kg - 12.8 kg||10.0 kg - 13.5 kg|
|12 months||10.0 kg - 12.9 kg||10.0 kg - 13.8 kg|
Corgi Growth Chart – What to Expect
Birth – 2 Weeks
From birth to two weeks, puppies are completely dependent on the mother for everything. The puppy gets all its nutrition from the mother and she takes care of her puppies by keeping them clean. The eyes and ears are closed but they have a sense of touch and taste. At this stage, the puppies don’t move about freely, they can only manage a slow crawl.
3 Weeks – 12 Weeks
From two to four weeks, puppies start interacting with their mother and siblings. Their eyes are open and by five weeks they can see properly. Their hearing and smell develop, and you’ll see the first tooth. During this stage, puppies begin to walk, and behave like dogs by barking and wagging their tails.
From four to six weeks, puppies learn to play and how to behave in a group, and where they fit in the social structure.
At around six weeks, you can start house training your puppy. Around eight weeks is the time when puppies start experiencing fear.
4 Months – 6 Months
During this period, puppies grow fast and they may look different to you from day to day. Puppies are on the go all the time at this stage. They have lots of energy, but be careful not to exercise your puppy too much since his bones are still growing.
At this time, they sort out their ranking order among themselves. Some puppies may experience another fear phase that can suddenly start and last for 3 or 4 weeks.
At six months, your puppy’s permanent canines will be out and he will be chewing on anything in sight. Get him some toys to chew on and hide your shoes!
7 Months – 9 Months
This is the adolescent stage, and you can expect your puppy to go wild with chewing, jumping, and digging. It’s time to work on his socializing and to seriously consider obedience classes.
It’s important to socialize and train your dog, otherwise you will have continual misbehavior from him and you won’t be able to take him with you visiting. Public places will also present some unnecessary challenges. Around 8 months is the prime time to teach your dog social etiquette.
Corgis are considered adults from one to four years of age. Corgis are able to reproduce when they are one year old.
When he’s ready to mate, your male Corgi might become more territorial or more active and female Corgis that are on heat may come across as restless and may urinate frequently. This is a good time to spay or neuter your dog, depending on its gender.
You will notice that your dog keeps filling out over these years, especially if he gets enough exercise and enjoys a nutritious diet.
Corgis tend to have problems with their joints, so it’s a good idea to take your dog for agility training. Corgis are active and intelligent and enjoy learning new skills – he’ll love you for it.
Take care not to overfeed your dog, which is very easy to do as Corgis never seem to feel satisfied and will keep looking at you with pleading eyes for more food.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi and Pembroke Welsh Corgi are very similar but completely different breeds. They both have long, sturdy bodies, and large heads with upright ears, and very short legs. You can identify the Cardigan by its slightly larger and more rounded ears.
The differences are evident in the tail, bone structure, and weight.The Pembroke’s tail is docked, while the Cardigan has a proper tail.
Cardigans are also slightly larger with a heavier bone structure. Male Cardigans can weigh up to 38 pounds, but Pembrokes usually reach 30 pounds at the most.
Cardigans have more coat colors. They can be black and white, blue merle, brindle, red, and sable. Pembrokes only have sable, red, or tricolor coats.
Corgi Body Shape Changes
To keep your dog healthy and in the right shape, you have to take care to maintain its ideal weight. You can gauge whether your dog is at his ideal weight by estimating his body condition score. This you do by carefully observing your dog from the side and the top. You can also perform a simple exercise, which involves feeling his ribs.
Simply use your hands to feel your dog’s ribs. If you can’t feel the ribs distinctly and can’t count them one by one, your dog is overweight. If his ribs feel sharp to the touch or can are clearly visible, then your dog is underweight.
When viewing your dog from the top you should clearly see a waistline, a thinning of the body just before the buttocks.
When viewing your dog from the side, there should be an abdominal tuck after his ribs. If you don’t see this tuck (narrowing), then your dog is probably overweight and needs to go on a restricted-calorie diet.
Factors That Affect Corgi Puppy Growth
How big a Corgi gets will depend on genetics. The size of the parents will give a good indication of the size the offspring is likely to be. If you have purchased a pure-bred pup, you will have a good idea of the size your pup is likely to grow to as you can judge by the mother’s size. A female pup will likely be the same size as the mom and a male pup will be a bit bigger.
For your puppy, you can choose kibble, it’s a safe option for Corgi puppies. Choose kibble that is especially for puppies and choose puppy kibble for small breeds so your puppy won’t struggle to eat it. Choose kibble with high-quality protein sources rather than those containing cereals.
Around the age of 12 months, you can gradually switch your dog to an adult formula. The best dog foods for corgis contain healthy proteins, fats, fruits, and vegetables. You want to avoid brands that contain animal meal.
Physical Activity & Health
Corgis need a lot of exercise otherwise they tend to put on weight due to their body built and their healthy appetite. They need a high-quality, balanced diet and a regular exercise regimen to keep their ideal body weight.
Adult Corgis need at least an hour of physical exercise each day. Keep in mind that Corgis are a herding breed, so they naturally have a lot of stamina and love to be active.
Also, remember that because of their long bodies and short legs, they can easily hurt their backs by jumping up and down furniture. So it’s important to rather limit these kinds of activities.
How Long Are Corgis Pregnant?
Like other dogs, Corgis are pregnant for about 63 days, and like people, their pregnancy lasts over three trimesters of about 21 days each.
In the first few weeks, you might not realize that your dog is pregnant because you won’t be able to see any physical changes.
After a while, your dog might look as if she has gained weight and that would be an indicator for you.
It’s normal for expectant dogs to seem listless and lose their appetite. When you notice this, simply offer small meals throughout the day. Take your dog to the vet to make sure if you have a suspicion that she is pregnant.
How Many Puppies Do Corgis Have?
On average, Corgis give birth to six to eight pups, but will you believe it, on Reddit is a photo of a litter of 18 Corgi puppies!
What If My Corgi Is Not the Right Weight?
Corgis are known for their good appetite and they easily put on weight. To tackle this problem you need to let your Corgi get more exercise and take care of his diet.
Corgis are a herding breed and naturally loves running and fetching. You can play fetch with him or take him to a park or the beach where he can run around. You can even use him as your running partner, provided you don’t run so fast that his little legs can’t keep up.
The other important thing to do to help your dog get back to a healthy weight, is to feed him only two servings a day. Nothing more. Also, no snacks in between. And never leave out a bowl of kibble as your dog will keep eating as long as there is food in his bowl.
What Is The Life Expectancy Of Corgi?
Small dogs like Corgis tend to live longer than larger dogs. The average lifespan of Corgis are between 12 and 15 years, with females dogs living up to two years longer than male dogs.
Do the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi have the same life expectancy? Yes, they do. They live roughly the same number of years – 12 years and a couple of months.
The two breeds also tend to die of the same causes, namely cancer and old age, which is true for many breeds.
How Much Does It Cost To Own A Corgi?
The cost of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi varies from $1,000 to $2,200 with the average being about $1,500. The price for Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppies varies between $1,200 and $1,800. The average cost is around $1,500.
To this number, you must add the cost of high-quality dog food, treats, veterinary visits, vaccinations, toys, bedding, dog license, training, and grooming costs. Your dog may end up costing you around $1,500 per year, with a higher cost in the first year.
Corgi Genetics and Common Health Problems
One of the most common health conditions that Corgis suffer from is hip dysplasia. This condition affects the development of the hip joint, which over time leads to restricted movement. Too much weight and lack of exercise or too much activity can worsen the condition.
Corgis are also known to develop progressive retinal atrophy, or PRA. This is a degenerative condition that leads to deteriorating vision and eventually blindness. There is currently no treatment for the condition.
Degenerative myelopathy is a serious condition that affects the central nervous system, spinal cord, and brain stem that can lead to partial or total paralysis. Scientists don’t know what causes it and there is no cure for it. The symptoms can be treated though, to make the dog more comfortable.
Another common health problem among Corgis is von Willebrand’s disease. It’s a hereditary disorder that stops blood from clotting, leading to the risk of excessive bleeding in case of an injury.