Willo The Corgi Interview

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
Updated on January 29, 2020
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Corgi are intelligent dogs that are usually easy to train.

With consistent and persistent training from a young age, you should have a well-rounded Corgi on your hands.

Their ability to learn commands and tricks makes them a firm favourite amongst dog lovers on Instagram.

The Corgi breed are one of the most popular breeds on social media thanks to their appearance but ability to do incredible tricks and pose in all manner of positions.

We spoke to Willo the Corgi to learn more about the intelligence of these small dogs.

Willo also touched upon the pros and cons of Corgis if you’re thinking about one of the Welsh pups as a family pet.

If you’d like to see more of Willo’s photos you can check out her Instagram page @willothecorgi.

1) When did you first hear about the Corgi breed?

I think it was at work a couple years ago. I had never heard of them, but then soon after that I saw one in person and I became obsessed with their bodies. The rest is history…

2) Why did you decide to get a Corgi?

Willo the Corgi (Photo: @willothecorgi / Instagram)

Willo the Corgi (Photo: @willothecorgi / Instagram)

I decided to get a Corgi because I felt I was at the point in my life where I could support a dog, and I really wanted that companionship. Corgis are the perfect balance between a big dog and a small dog, I often call Willo a big dog in a small body. She’s just very agile, athletic and energetic, as well as social, so I can take her on any adventure and she thrives at it. And I of course couldn’t handle how cute Corgis were, so I had to have one of my own.

3) How old is Willo? Can you give us an insight into her personality?

Willo is 10 months old, so she’s still a puppy. She’s very playful and sweet, and extremely social. I call her a little social butterfly when I take her to dog parks because she wants to play with everyone. She’s also really dramatic… the first time she saw a big dog in our house she literally screamed bloody murder while the dog just sat there 20 feet away from her!

4) What is your favourite thing about owning a Corgi?

I love having my little low rider by my side! She’s helped me a lot with my social anxiety and with her I can go just about anywhere without feeling anxious. I also love snuggling with her, she is the sweetest dog I’ve ever been around.

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5) What is the most challenging aspect of owning a Corgi?

Keeping them mentally and physically stimulated is probably the most challenging aspect of owning a Corgi. They were bred to herd cattle, so they have a lot of energy. If it’s not channeled correctly it can make or break the dog. Willo is also a bit possessive, so I’ve had to work on her resource guarding so that she doesn’t snap at me or another dog because they get too close to her treat.

6) Are Corgis good pets?

Willo the Corgi (Photo: @willothecorgi / Instagram)

Willo the Corgi (Photo: @willothecorgi / Instagram)

They are such good pets. They are sweet and will follow you everywhere. They’re also very smart (and stubborn) so they do need to be trained and worked with all the time, but if you put in the effort they can be the best dog ever. They are also really athletic, believe it or not, so don’t undermine a Corgi’s abilities just because they have short legs.

7) Do Corgi dogs bark a lot?

They don’t bark any more than any other breed. I know some Corgis that bark a lot, and some that don’t bark at all. Willo ONLY barks when she wants attention/wants to be played with. She also has a deep bark that she uses when she thinks there’s an intruder. But normally she doesn’t bark.

8) Do Corgis like to cuddle?

Most Corgis do like to cuddle, but not all. Willo is the biggest cuddle bug I’ve ever had. She will literally come and lay on top of my head or chest in the morning to wake me up.

9) What advice would you give to someone considering a Corgi as a pet?

Make sure you find a reputable breeder that does DNA and health checks on all of their Corgis. You may have to wait a year or two but it’s worth it. Also be ready to exercise them a lot. They’re working dogs and if they don’t get enough exercise they may become a destructive pain in the butt. If you love to hike and be outdoorsy, then a Corgi would be a great pet for you.

10) Why did you decide to start an Instagram for Willo?

I love the dog Instagram culture and I followed a few Corgi accounts on my personal page before getting Willo, so I always knew I would want to create a page for my own pup when I got one. I also love photography and Instagram is a great outlet for me to share my photos.

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11) How much time do you dedicate to your Instagram page?

Willo the Corgi (Photo: @willothecorgi / Instagram)

Willo the Corgi (Photo: @willothecorgi / Instagram)

I spend a couple hours a week creating content and editing content, typically on the weekend, and I spend a lot of time interacting with our followers every day. It’s something I’m passionate about right now and it has allowed me to make a ton of friends that love Corgis just as much as I do.

12) What is your favourite memory/photo of Willo on Instagram?

My favorite photo and memory would have to be meeting Willo’s littermate Liger for the first time. They look so identical and they love playing with each other so much. If it weren’t for Instagram we would have never met Liger and his family, and that’s what’s so great about social media.

13) Any tips and tricks to getting a dog to pose for photos?

I used to have to use lots of treats but Willo has gotten pretty good at following commands now. I find “stay” and “watch me” to be really important and I work on those almost every day, outside of taking photos of her. I hope to be able to get her to “sit pretty” when she gets a little older!

14) What other Corgi accounts would you recommend?

I recommend these Corgis to helloBARK! readers:

1) @ligerthemagiccorgi

2) @nevillethefluffbottom

3) @drewbertcorgi

4) @mochthecorgi

5) @littlecooperbear

Corgi pros and cons

Pros

Smart – I taught Willo to roll over in about 3 minutes, she’s so smart. Some corgis I follow on Instagram have such a huge skill set because they’re so easy to train. I can’t wait to teach Willo more tricks.

Athletic – Willo can catch a ball in the air just was well as any big dog. I love that I can take her on crazy hikes and up big mountains without any problem. When she was about 6 months old I took her hiking for the first time in Sedona, Arizona, and I was blown away by her ability to jump up big rocks.

Social – People on the street thank me for letting them pet my dog, and I thank them back for saying hi to her. She definitely appreciates it more than the human does. Willo will excitedly say hi to anyone and everyone.

Cons

Smart – Willo’s smarts can be frustrating sometimes because she can outsmart me. For example, if she knows I don’t have a treat, she doesn’t have to listen to me. And she always knows if I don’t have a treat.

Stubborn – Her stubbornness goes back to how smart she is. If she doesn’t want to do something she won’t do it. So she will learn things really quickly but then decide she doesn’t need to listen to me anyway.