Corgis are quite popular breed among the dog lovers all over the world. Their smile, warm heart, and intelligence will not leave you indifferent in any way. But Corgis do have a long and very interesting history. They evolved into two types, the Cardigan and the Pembroke, who weren't recognized as two separate types until 1930s. All dog lovers have already found out everything about this breed, but we dug up some amazing facts you didn't know about these adorable creatures.
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Members Of A Royalty
Did you know that Corgis are quite popular with the British Royal family? When Queen Elizabeth the Second showed interest for this breed, that is when Corgis reclaimed public's attention. Since she was a young girl, Princess Elizabeth has owned more than 30 Corgis.
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Corgis have historically been used as herding dogs. They got the nickname ''heelers'' because they would pinch the heels of a larger animal to keep them moving. So do not be fooled with that innocent smile of theirs. They are quite feisty.
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Corgis are a breed of herding dogs that are thought to be originated from Wales. They were bred for herding poultry mostly. The Welsh origin can explain their name as well. In Welsh ''Cor '' means dwarf, and ‘‘gi’’ means dog. Today, they are amazing house pets, who needs a lot of exercise, because of their roots.
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Double Coat, Double Trouble
A lot of people who have Corgis as a pet are complaining about the shedding. Even though their fur is not high maintenance, they still shed twice a year, and you can practically make a cardigan out of it. No pun intended. They are well protected in the winter, but when they lose that one layer in warmer seasons, you are about to lose your mind.
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They Are Surprisingly Intelligent
Maybe they are not in the top 10 list of the smartest dogs, but they are 11th according to a psychology professor Stanley Coren. Corgis are capable of learning a command from the first time they see it. Their energy and bossiness makes them quite clever and vigilant.
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He Makes a Sensible Watchdog
Corgis react to any sound they hear. On one hand, that is great, because he can protect you from any suspicious activity that is happening near your house. On the other hand, he responds to those sounds with a high-pitched bark that will drive you insane. But Corgis are quite capable of keeping you safe all the time.
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The Governor's Dog
Sutter Brown, the charming Pembroke Welsh Corgi was named after early Sacramento settler John Sutter. He was also named the First Dog, after his owner was elected governor in 2010.
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Closely Related to Huskies
You would never guess by just looking at them, but this is true. Corgis do share a common ancestry with Siberian Huskies. Both of these breeds belong to the Spitz family of dogs, with a couple of the same characteristics such as thick fur, muzzle and pointed ears. But if you thought that a Corgi would pull a sled, you are highly mistaken.
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Corgis Came From Fairies
The Myth says that fairies used Corgis as mounts. They were literally riding herd on these herders. They do look enchanting and like they just came out a fairytale don't you think?
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Fines For Stealing A Corgi?
Did you know that according to ancient Welsh law, if you stole a Corgi, you would get fined? And the penalty is not so cheap. They were prized in early Wales for their herding abilities and their loyalty. So think twice if you really want to have this precious puppy. If this doesn't show the respect for this breed throughout the history, we don't know what does.
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They Were Highly Appreciated Among The Vikings
The Pembroke Corgi settled in Wales, and is believed to have accompanied the Vikings across the pond on their way there.
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