20 reasons why you need a Corgi
By Kieran Beckles
Updated on January 23, 2019

1) Their butts

(Photo: lynnyskynny_thecorgi / Instagram)
(Photo: lynnyskynny_thecorgi / Instagram)

Why are Corgis a social media sensation? Well, a big reason are their tiny, fluffy posteriors. Yes, the Corgi butt has made this breed incredibly popular and extremely meme-worthy. They have a dedicated Instagram hashtag, #corgibutt, which has in excess of 380,000 posts. The world is obsessed with these peachy, heart-shaped bums.

2) Huge personalities

(Photo: Benjithebluecorgi / Instagram)
(Photo: Benjithebluecorgi / Instagram)

It’s not just about their looks. These dogs have huge personalities to make them a very desirable breed. The Corgi is a loving dog that makes for a great companion. Given their ancestors were used on farms to herd animals, it should be no surprise they have a special understanding with humans.

3) The dwarf dog

Corgis are a dog that originated in Wales (Photo: @benjithebluecorgi / Instagram)
Corgis are a dog that originated in Wales (Photo: @benjithebluecorgi / Instagram)

The Corgi originated in Wales with two different varieties: The Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. There name has its origins in the Welsh language. The direct translation is “dwarf dog”.

4) Puppy love

(Photo: Benjithebluecorgi / Instagram)
(Photo: Benjithebluecorgi / Instagram)

These dogs make for particularly adorable puppies. Of course, any puppy has a sprinkle of charm that can win over even the most cold-hearted of humans. But Corgi puppies have dainty little legs, big ears that cast a shadow over the sweet little faces, while their long bodies complete the package. Make the most of these puppy days, they won’t last forever!

5) The Queen loves them

Queen Elizabeth and her two Corgis star alongside actor Daniel Craig Credit: Screen grab
Queen Elizabeth and her two Corgis star alongside actor Daniel Craig Credit: Screen grab

Queen Elizabeth II is obsessed with Corgis. The British monarch had 30 members of this breed throughout her life since her royal highness was presented with her first Corgi at the age of 18. Sadly, the Queen’s final Corgi, Willow, died in 2018 to end her long affiliation with the breed. Having a Corgi can literally make you feel like the Queen (or a King).

6) They pull goofy faces

(Photo: lynnyskynny_thecorgi / Instagram)
(Photo: lynnyskynny_thecorgi / Instagram)

These dogs have a unique sense of humour. While their personality can provide laughs, they have a tendency to pull goofy faces that make them a huge hit on social media. They love to tilt their heads and produce a goofy smile, using their big eyes to their advantage. Don’t be fooled by these jokers, they know how to manipulate their human owners.

7) The Sploot

The Sploot is one of the Corgi’s trademark moves. The word sploot describes the way this breed love to sprawl out on the floor, the bed or the sofa. A sploot occurs when a dog stretches out while laying on their belly, with their legs stretching out behind them to either side of their body. While other dog breeds such as Alaskan Klee Kai are known for this move, the Corgi are widely credited with making the sploot famous.

8) They’re extremely loyal

Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the most popular breed of Corgi (Photo: Adobe Stock)
Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the most popular breed of Corgi (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Who needs enemies with friends like these? Had enough of your mates letting you down. It’s time to forget about humans and befriend these dogs. The Corgi tends to become very bonded to their human companions and are incredibly loyal. It is one of the best-known traits of these dogs.

9) They love to cuddle

(Photo: lynnyskynny_thecorgi / Instagram)
(Photo: lynnyskynny_thecorgi / Instagram)

Corgis make great cuddle buddies. One of the advantages of getting a small dog is the ability to cuddle up with these dogs on the sofa or in bed. You won’t be disappointed with a Corgi if this is a priority for you. These dogs love to take naps next to their humans. The only thing to consider is these dogs shed a lot so be prepared for a Corgi to leave its mark on your clothing or bed sheets.

10) Great around the farm

The Corgi is a herding dog (Photo: Adobe Stock)
The Corgi is a herding dog (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Own a farm? Well these dogs could be the ones for you. The Corgi originated in Wales and helped farmers to herd animals, darting between sheep and cattle and nipping at heels to guide them in the right direction. The breed are often described as “guardians of the farm”.

11) But they love to nap

(Photo: lynnyskynny_thecorgi / Instagram)
(Photo: lynnyskynny_thecorgi / Instagram)

Corgis do like to nap. A brief search of the hashtag Corgi on Instagram will present many members of this breed having some shuteye, while remaining adorable as always.

12) They’ve got lots of energy

Stephen King's Corgi Molly is variety of black, white and fawn (Photo: Stephen King / Instagram)
Stephen King’s Corgi Molly is variety of black, white and fawn (Photo: Stephen King / Instagram)

Don’t be fooled by the small stature of these dogs, the Corgi is a high energy dog. Yes, they like to nap but they need a lot of exercise. Given their ancestors worked tirelessly on the farm, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the breed have a lot of energy to expend. They will need regular walks or trips to the dog park to ensure they remain stimulated and to avoid laziness.

13) Lots of variety

There are two types of Corgi: Cardigan and Pembroke (Photo: lynnyskynny_thecorgi / Instagram)
There are two types of Corgi: Cardigan and Pembroke (Photo: lynnyskynny_thecorgi / Instagram)

If you like to swim against the tide, then this could be the breed for you. There are two varities: the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. However, there are a lot of different mixes where these dogs have been pair with other breeds. These include Labragi (Labrador + Corgi), Corgherd (Corgi + Australian Shepherd), German Shephergi (Corgi + German Shepherd) and Husgi (Husky + Corgi).

14) Great agility

The Corgi breed has become very popular on social media  (Photo: Stephen King / Instagram)
The Corgi breed has become very popular on social media (Photo: Stephen King / Instagram)

These dogs may be small in stature but Corgis are very robust dogs. They are very enthusiastic dogs and tend to be extremely athletic, which all lends itself to agility. These dogs can be stubborn so it is important they receive consistent and regular training from a young age. But given their obedience, they can become superb agility dogs.

15) Love to dress up

(Photo: lynnyskynny_thecorgi / Instagram)
(Photo: lynnyskynny_thecorgi / Instagram)

Every Halloween, you will see lots of Corgi photos doing the rounds on social media. The physical attributes of the breed mean costumes tend to look that little bit funnier on Corgis. This includes banana, dinosaur, dragons and fish costumes. And if you want to join your pooch in dressing up, you can find lots of Corgi costumes online!

16) Highly intelligent

Corgi's have trademark puppy dog eyes that make them a big hit (Photo: Stephen King / Instagram)
Corgi’s have trademark puppy dog eyes that make them a big hit (Photo: Stephen King / Instagram)

A Corgi is a very smart dog. This can be great when it comes to the breed learning important obedience lessons at home or following instruction at the dog park or on an obstacle course. However, the breed do have a reputation for being able to manipulate their owners. Indeed, without firm training, a Corgi could soon run the household.

17) Sociable

(Photo: lynnyskynny_thecorgi / Instagram)
(Photo: lynnyskynny_thecorgi / Instagram)

Given these dogs have a history of working on the farm, it shouldn’t be a surprise that they’re sociable dogs. They tend to do well with their fellow Corgis and other breeds. They usually do well in households where there is already a dog.

18) Gorgeous ears

(Photo: Benjithebluecorgi / Instagram)
(Photo: Benjithebluecorgi / Instagram)

The Sploot and Corgi butt are all features of this breed but these dogs have another heartwarming physical trait. Their ears are a standout feature! The Pembroke Welsh Corgi have pointed ears, while the Cardigan Welsh Corgi have more round ears, like Benji the Blue Corgi in the photo above.

19) Stephen King is obssessed with his Corgi

Author Stephen King is the proud owner of a Corgi called Molly (Photo: Stephen King / Instagram)
Author Stephen King is the proud owner of a Corgi called Molly (Photo: Stephen King / Instagram)

While Queen Elizabeth II is the world’s most famous Corgi lover, Stephen King is also a big fan of the breed. Watching the American author interact with adorable Molly has kept his fans entertained.

20) The Blue Merle

(Photo: Benjithebluecorgi / Instagram)
(Photo: Benjithebluecorgi / Instagram)

Finally, one of the most breathtaking varieties of the Corgi breed is the Blue Merle Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Just check out Benji above!

Photos sourced from @Benjithebluecorgi and @lynnyskynny_thecorgi