10 Things to Know About Corgis


10 Things to Know About Corgis

Amelia is a corgi. (You probably knew that.)

Corgis are broken up into two categories: Welsh Pembrokes and Welsh Cardigans. Pembrokes are either tri-colored or that crouton, light brown color you’re probably used to seeing. I get a lot of corgi related questions and emails so I figured I’d put a bunch of things here.

1. Corgis are nosey. I grew up with dogs all my life so I know most dogs are nosey but OMG I swear Amelia is the nosiest dog I’ve ever met/owned. She wants to know everything.

She wants to know what’s in your bag, what’s in your pocket, the last you thing you ate, she wants to know all your secrets. When people come over they have to put their purses on the table because she’ll stick her head in my friends’ purse and pull everything out. And plus, who am I kidding. I love nothing more than to talk about my dog.

10 Things to Know About Corgis

2. Corgis bark. A LOT! Corgis are used to herding (mostly) cattle. In order to move that cattle, they have to bark A LOT and loudly! They’re not afraid to bark to get their point across. Basically, Amelia barks at everything: sounds outside, when she’s hungry, when she’s moody, when she’s excited. Ugh.

10 Things to Know About Corgis

3. Corgis shed. If I saved all of Amelia’s fur hanging around the corners of the house, I probably could’ve knitted an incredible throw by now.

4. Corgis are affectionate/needy. Amelia is a cuddlier which is nice because that’s why I have a dog. I want to live with animals that love me!

5. Corgis are bossy. Amelia likes to be in control. She wants to be the boss all the time. But I’m da boss so this is our daily struggle. She barks and cries and whines until she gets her way. Unfortunately for her, I am kinda patient and good at blocking her out and ignoring her.

10 Things to Know About Corgis

6. Corgis have hind legs that look like rabbits. This is cute and weird all that the same time but I swear their hind legs remind me of lil’ rabbits.

7. Corgis can hold conversations. When I tell Amelia no, she usually grumbles back at me. When I ask her a question, she usually tilts her head and whines. We have full on conversations. They’re very animated.

10 Things to Know About Corgis

10 Things to Know About Corgis

8. Corgis need jobs. For the first year of Amelia’s life we strapped a backpack on her and put stuff in it. She needed to feel like she was accomplishing something. We’ve also taken her sheep-herding and it’s helped a whole lot with her internal My-So-Called-Life-type of angst.

9. Corgis LOVE food. She has no idea how lucky she is that I make food all day for a living. No idea. Amelia is very food driven which is good and bad. I can get her to do just about anything for a rind of watermelon. But she also has been known to steal bagels, eat whole blog posts and has no shame in eating a moldy bologna sandwich she finds in the bushes.

10. Corgis always look like they’re smiling. It’s true. The way their mouths open when agape it always look like they’re smiling. And you know, most of the time, Amelia is smiling inside because she is one of the happiest friendliest dogs I’ve ever met. The world could be crumbling but she’ll still be in a good mood. This is why I love her so much.

10 Things to Know About Corgis

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  • Reply Rumseys mom.. Best corgi ever August 13, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Spot on with your description… I manage the shedding with two neato robot vacuums.. Daily! One for carpet one for hard floors.. Life is much easier now.

  • Reply sarah August 13, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    love this post. It reminded me of our old dog (she was an Airedale – or as we liked to call her a trolley dog) she too was very nosey. But she used to have peep holes in all the fences around our garden so she could see what the neighbors were up to and a chair by the window so she could twitch the nets spying on passersby.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 13, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Hahahha. She was a peeping tom. That’s awesome. I also loooove airedales. They’re so cute and regal looking.

  • Reply cynthia August 13, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    This. This is the BEST. These photos of her sprawled belly-up are how I want to be 24/7. And Amelia with a life-purpose-backpack is pretty much the best thing I’ve heard all day. And this is the best.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      When she does this I’m always like, Why do I take life so seriously.

  • Reply Sheila August 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    love pictures of your Amelia. I love any mention of corgis. I love my corgi. They are the coolest dogs. You are right on with the barking stuff. Boy, do they want to be understood!!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 13, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Ooof. They’re rough on the ears. Luckily their faces are cute and their bodies are funny.

  • Reply Lucy August 13, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I love your blog, but love it even more with this post! Corgis are my favorite. If I were a dog, I’d be a corgi…short legs, very nosey and a bit bossy 🙂 And if I’m in LA and I see you on the street, I will more than likely be the crazy lady who comes up to say hi and ask to pet Amelia. I’m sorry in advance!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 13, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Haha. Please say hiiii! Amelia and I would be delighted.

  • Reply Sara @ Cake Over Steak August 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Awww I love Amelia! She’s one of my favorite internet dogs. Plus, corgis are legit my spirit animal because we both love food and have tiny little legs with obnoxiously long torsos.

  • Reply lynette shakespeare August 13, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Can’t believe you’ve sent this email to me!, such a coincidense!, I recently lost my ‘Cojak’, wich is a Corgi Jack russel cross.
    His name was Jake’ and he was my whole world!, He passed away at the ‘Grand age of 14, at home in his favourite spot!, I’m not going to lie I was and still absolutely devastated when he passed’, but I know he’s still here in spirit.
    I’m now desperately searching for a Corgi but they all seem to be in America, not here in the UK!, Fingers crossed I’ll find my ‘Forever friend soon. Xxx.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 13, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Oh noooo. But what a good life. All the way to 14. I can’t imagine. The heartbreak I’m sure is really hard. Good luck, Lynette!

  • Reply Magda | My Little Expat Kitchen August 13, 2015 at 11:22 am

    She is the cutest! I would love to get a dog, soon, I had one for 20 years when I was growing up and I miss it so much. A corgi perhaps? 🙂

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 13, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Oh yeah, corgis are great dogs. Super loyal and loving.

  • Reply stephanie @ iamafoodblog August 13, 2015 at 11:09 am

    um. can you please start a corgi kitchen because it would be LIFE. kthanxbye

  • Reply Bella B August 13, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Oh my! I think I need a Corgi now!

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

  • Reply Mary Ann and 7 collies! August 13, 2015 at 10:31 am

    You forgot to mention Cute! I imagine this is what Amelia will say to you when she reads this post. We are so lucky we are owned by these 4-leggeds! Great pictures, I especially like Amelia in the ocean : )

  • Reply Ashley Nathalie August 13, 2015 at 10:28 am

    AMELIA! Love that dog and I don’t even know her! This reminds me so much of my dog Jinxy, except she’s a Husky and not a Corgi. Similarly bossy and always hungry 🙂

  • Reply Brenda August 13, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I’ve always been a yorkie mommy but have considered a Corgi because of you and Amelia! Thanks for the information. I don’t think I could handle the hair thing. Yorkies shed just like people do. I’m at the age where I’m pretty sure I shed more than a Yorkie!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 13, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      The hair thing is actually pretty intense. Amelia is shedding right now because of summer and it was a gigantic ball. Like gigantic. Think the wild wild west hay balls.

  • Reply Stardancer August 13, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I was at a dog show once and someone asked a pair of corgi handlers what the difference was between Pembroke and Cardigan corgis. They pointed out the physical differences, and then said, “Cardigans are pretty smart. They’ll really think about what you want them to do. Pembrokes…give them food and you can pretty much get them to do anything you want.”

  • Reply joanna // jojotastic August 13, 2015 at 10:01 am

    this my favorite blog post you’ve ever written. <3

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