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Corgi Fun Facts You Never Knew

By Mawoo Pets · 29 Feb · 4 mins read
Corgi Fun Facts You Never Knew

Did you know the Corgi breed holds the world title for the shortest legs relative to body size among canines? This attribute leads to some hilariously adorable walking and running scenes.

Let's share a laugh over a list of Corgi fun facts! 

11 Fun Facts about Corgis

We've gathered 11 fun facts about these charming family-friendly canines that will surely pique your curiosity and, likely, your desire to own one! 

1. Corgi Means "Dwarf Dog" 

"Corgi" literally means "dwarf dog" in Welsh, which fits perfectly to their small but mighty demeanor. 

2. They Herded Cows ... Without Getting Kicked!

The Corgi's short legs aren't just for cuteness - they actually served a purpose. Their short, sturdy legs made them excellent herding dogs in their native Wales. This diminutive size gave them an advantage to nip at the heels of cows and sheep without getting kicked! Their short stature let's them dodge those kicks.

3. A Royal Favourite: The Crown Dog 

Despite the Cardigan being older and larger than the Pembroke, it is the latter that stole the limelight! The Pembroke breed is particularly famous for being the pet of choice for Queen Elizabeth II. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 corgis during her 70-year reign?

"My corgis are family," Queen Elizabeth II is renowned to have said.
queen elizabeth with her corgis as a young and older queen

4. Corgi or Loaf of Bread? 

When viewed from above, a well-fed Corgi bears a surprising resemblance to a loaf of bread. Their broad, round shape has earned them the affectionate nickname "Loafdog".

5. Stars in Animations

These small-sized heroes have made several appearances in animations and cartoons. They were featured in the popular movie "The Queen's Corgi", anime series such as "Cowboy Bebop", and the children's series "Higglytown Heroes". 

6. That Mane is for the Winter

Corgis can often be identified by their prominent 'mane' of fur around their neck. The mane's primary function is to offer extra warmth during the chilly months, but also serves as a natural repellent to dirt and water. Their mane is especially visible in winter when their double coat is at its thickest! 

corgi with huge white mane smiling with tongue out

7. Rapid Runners

Despite their short legs, which are result of a genetic mutation, Corgis are incredibly fast runners! They can reach speeds up to 25 mph, which is quite impressive for such small creatures.

8. "Corgi" Isn't Just One Breed! 

There are two distinct types of corgis: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi and The Cardigan Welsh Corgi.  These two different types result from distinct breeding lines going back over a thousand years. They’re so distinct in fact that they’re considered two entirely different breeds!

The easiest way to distinguish between the two breeds? Look at their tails! Pembrokes have their tails docked while Cardigans have a full, bushy tail. 

9. Corgis' Quirky Sleeping Positions

Ever noticed your Corgi sleeping in the weirdest positions? It's not just your Corgi. This breed has a unique way of curling up or stretching out while sleeping. Some of the most popular arrangements include the "Superman" (lying down on their tummy, with legs stretched out front and back) and the "Froggy" (on their back, all four paws in the air). They might look uncomfortable, but Corgis appear to love these quirky positions!

corgi puppy sleeping on blanket with legs wide openCorgi puppy sleeping in the Superman position

10. A Fairy Tale, Literally! 

There's a delightful slice of corgi folklore that many of you might find enchanting. According to Welsh mythology, fairies and elves used to ride Corgis into battle (as their transportation of choice, of course)! The characteristic markings on the Corgi fur? They are said to be left by fairy harnesses and saddles. Even today, many believe that Corgis carry a special connection to the fae world, fostering good luck and prosperity for their human companions.

11. Corgi Con: 1,000+ Corgis in One Place! 

Imagine a place where hundreds of corgis gather in a joyous get-together; welcome to Corgi-Con. Nothing highlights the worldwide popularity of this breed more than this spectacular event.

Held annually in San Francisco, ‘Corgi Con’ attracts over 1,000 corgis each year! Imagine the sight of a sea of Welsh Corgis, with their short legs, furry behinds, and expressive faces, frolicking in the sand under the California sun. So whether you're a long-time corgi parent, an admirer, or just a lover of all-things-adorable, check out this opportunity to witness and participate in an incredibly fun and fur-filled day.

three pembroke welsh corgis on beachy sand at corgi con

Final Thought: The Enduring Appeal of Corgis 

So, those were some fun and notable facts about Corgis. Did any of these surprise you? Anything we missed? With their compact size, playful nature, historical significance, and endearing features, it's no wonder why we're all so smitten with corgis. What's not to love? 

If you're looking for a more detailed review of this breed, consider reviewing our pros and cons of Corgis to see if bringing home a Corgi might be right for you. 

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