The charming, short-legged little Corgi is quite a popular small breed hailing from Wales. There are two variations: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. They have striking similarities, but there are some differences, too—like their markings and the fact that Cardigan Corgis have tails.
If you have just welcomed an adorable Corgi pup to your home, you’re probably educating yourself on all-things-Corgi like a wonderful owner. When it comes to weight and growth, we’re going to discuss just what to expect as your little guy or gal ages.
Facts about the Corgi
4 Interesting Facts About Corgi’s
Let’s talk facts about these adorable short-legged, long-bodied canines.
1. There are two kinds of Corgis: Cardigan and Pembroke.
They come from different parts of Wales. While the American Kennel Club (AKC) lumped them together initially, they now recognize these two as separate breeds due to their slight differences.
2. Corgi means “dwarf dog”
And you can probably guess how they got that name!
3. Pembroke Corgis are born without tails, or with small, stubby tails.
If they are born with a full tail, many breeders dock it since it’s considered a flaw in the breed. Oppositely, Cardigans have tails entirely intact.
4. They have unsuspecting and burley cousins!
You probably could never tell just by looking, but Corgis are related to Huskies.
Corgi Growth and Weight Chart
Below is a chart to show how both the male and female Corgi grow. Keep in mind each dog is going to develop differently, so actual weight at different life stages can vary slightly.
Corgi Puppy Growth and Weight Chart (Male)
Corgi Puppy Growth and Weight Chart (Female)
When Do Corgis Stop Growing?
Generally, Corgis stop growing at roughly 1 year of age. But it isn’t unheard of for a Corgi to grow for 2, or even 3 years. Some Corgis have different growth rates than others and are slower to mature.
Also, Corgis are quite lanky up until around two years of age. After that, they start to fill out all over their bodies, giving them a stockier appearance. Slight weight gain is standard after they are fixed as well.
Mentally, things can be a bit of a different story. It’s pretty typical for most dogs, including Corgis, to not officially end the “puppy phase” for roughly two years. Sometimes, spaying or neutering can also affect behavior. But occasionally, Corgis stay spunky for many years before they calm down.
How Does Neutering/Spaying Affect My Dog’s Growth?
Spaying or neutering your dog should be on your list of to-dos, but how soon is too soon? There are rumors that opting for this surgery too early causes some effects on your Corgis growth, but it is true?
According to phys.org, spaying and neutering offer many health benefits to the animal. However, early surgery has been linked to growth issues. It can increase the time the bones grow, making the animal taller than they should be.
There is no definitive answer on just how much a dog is affected—and it can vary from dog to dog. Some veterinarians recommend spaying or neutering around 6 months of age. Others say to wait until the dog is fully grown—around 2 years.
Dangers of Growing too Quickly or Stunted Growth
There could be bigger problems if your pup grows too quickly or slowly. Growth disorders can be from a few factors—from genetics to overeating. To keep your Corgi growing on par with their age, make sure you follow diet portion recommendations.
Risks of Growing Too Quickly
Reasons for Growing Too Slowly
Growth Distinctions of Different Corgis (Cardigan and Pembroke)
There isn’t much of a difference between the Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis. They look extremely similar and their personalities are on the same wavelength. However, when it comes to size, they have a bit of a different variation.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis have docked tails and rectangular shapes and smaller ears than their Cardigan cousins. Aside from their physical differences, they also weigh slightly less. A full-grown male Pembroke Corgi weighs approximately 30 pounds. A female Pembroke weighs roughly 25 pounds.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has larger, pointier ears and a more oval-shaped, slanted body. They also have long fox-like tails. They weigh more than the Pembroke—adult males weigh up to 38 pounds while females weigh up to 34 pounds.
As your Corgi grows, the number one most important part of the process is steadiness. You don’t want them to grow too quickly or not fast enough. If you feel like your pup is growing too rapidly or slowly, see your veterinarian to discuss concerns or underlying causes.
Otherwise, enjoy the growing process with all of the quirks, excitement, and stress that comes from raising a Corgi. It’s all part of the gratifying process of owning a dog.
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