When getting a dog, many prospective owners fail to consider the issue of shedding straight away. This is a big mistake. Thankfully you do not appear to be one of them. But what about Corgis; where do both the Cardigan and Pembroke breeds fare?
So, do corgis shed? Both Cardigan and Pembroke Corgis shed. They do so quite a lot and are considered heavy shedders. This is because they have double coats so you must be prepared before you one home. Corgis will require a regular grooming regimen to maintain their coats.
Corgis are an excellent dog breed, they are intelligent, loving, loyal, and they are great with children, the only downside is that they are not hypoallergenic. If you suffer from mild allergies, your dog-breed options are limited. Whether or not a corgi is an appropriate choice for you and your family is going to be a call you need to make.
However, while shedding can be a nuisance, most owners learn to manage and deal with it. In fact, we will be looking at some strategies, suggestions and tips that you can adopt here today. So, be sure to keep on reading to the end!
Let’s now explore the topic further so that you can gather all the information you need around the Corgi coat and how it sheds.
Do Corgis Shed A Lot?
Both the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, generally speaking, are heavy shedders.
These breeds shed all year round, but more so in the winter. This is because their coats generally grow out more naturally during this time to keep them warm.
Their coat needs a lot of care, and you must learn how to brush their coat correctly. If you neglect to groom their fur correctly, it will end up looking unhealthy, dirty, and matted.
Moreover, it will mean that you find more fur randomly scattered around your home. If you can learn to effectively manage it, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and have a cleaner, more hygienic home too.
Corgi’s have a lot of hair around their bottom area that will also require shaving. Feces can become caked into the hair and cause irritation, and it ends up being a nightmare to try to clean.
Not only this but it can then be spread around your home, and is a source of fowl smelling.
How Much Do Corgis Shed?
When it comes to how frequently Corgis shed, most people want to know what exactly they are dealing with, so do corgis shed a lot? Truthfully, not all corgis are the same; some corgis shed more than others.
For some Corgi owners, the term “a lot” doesn’t do justice to the amount of fur that they shed, they could clothe a family for many winters with their dog’s hair – it’s that bad!
Some Corgi owners have to deal with their dog’s fur falling out in clumps around their home, and it can be a real nuisance.
Other owners are lucky, and their pet doesn’t shed that much. All in all, it depends entirely on what your Corgi inherits and is present within their genetics.
As already mentioned, you can expect your Corgi’s coat to shed more at specific times of the year.
The Differences In Shedding Between The Corgi Breeds
The two Corgi breeds are the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Both dogs are physically very similar and have similar temperaments.
Both dogs have double coats, which makes them heavy shedders. Their fur and their coat is actually very similar.
Before discussing the differences in shedding, we must consider some physical traits of each dog; these physical traits may determine which dog is more likely to shed.
The Cardigan Corgi is a little bit bigger and has more prominent ears than the Pembroke Corgi. Cardigans tend to be more active than the Pembroke, but what makes them differ from one another is their tails. The Cardigan breed has a tail; whereas the Pembroke does not have a tail; their tails are docked within the first week of their birth.
Given that Cardigans are generally bigger than Pembrokes and have a tail, unlike the Pembroke, in terms of shedding, the Cardigan slightly has the edge over the Pembroke. They both shed a lot, but there is more of the Cardigan to shed, and the fur from the tail is known to go everywhere.
Grooming For Corgis
The coat of a any breed of dog is a good indicator of how well looked after they are by their owners. Grooming is required to keep a coat in excellent condition, and for Corgis, it is of the utmost importance it is routinely undertaken.
A coat that is messy and matted will not only be a struggle for the owner to clean, but matting can become a real pain for any dog, including a Corgi. If the coat becomes too matted it may even be impossible to eliminate. In these instances a full body and drastic shaving procedure will need to be undertaken. This can lead to a very unfortunate and bear appearance for your dog.
Moreover, regular grooming ensures that your dog is as hygienic as possible; which is of course, important to both you the owner and your dogs health.
From a dogs perspective, Corgis are, without a doubt, happiest when freshly groomed.
While corgis shed a lot, they have short hair, which makes grooming less of a struggle than you can typically expect with other breeds. All they need to look the best is a weekly brushing of their fur and the occasional trim.
Let’s address the correct way to groom your Corgi:
Brushing Your Corgi
Use a slicker brush and start brushing the hind legs and continue in the direction of the hair growth. Brush the hock on each back leg and then the thighs.
Keep going up the sides and brush small sections of the coat. Brush the chest and front legs in the same way.
Finally, brush his face and ears. This way, you are removing tangles and dirt from the outer coat.
Slicker brushes are ideal for reducing matting, tangles, dirt, and loose fur from a dogs coat with minimal effort. They are also incredibly quick and easy to clean due to the self-cleaning mechanisms they often come with. This is a great brush on Amazon that I, and many thousands of satisfied users, recommend.
Bathing Your Corgi
A corgi puppy needs bathing once a week for the first four weeks. After that, you will want to decrease the frequency to once a month until they are six months old. From there, they they only require bathing every three months. You can do it more often if they get filthy, muddy or wet from a walk, but otherwise once every three months is enough.
When you bathe your corgi get his coat wet with lukewarm water, then massage a dog-friendly texturing shampoo to their coat.
Once you are done, rinse off the soap until the water runs clear. Pat them dry with a towel and ensure they are completely dry. Do not leave them mildly damp as this can cause sudden drops in temperature which can cause illness.
A dog-friendly hairdryer (that’s quieter) on the coolest setting makes for a faster drying process.
Trimming Your Corgi’s Coat
Thankfully, Corgis do not require much clipping. A bit of a trim is all they need, every so often.
The feet need the most attention. Trim the top of the paws and around the pads with scissors every two months. Then use appropriate dog nail clippers (like these on Amazon) to cut down their nails.
You can also take your corgi to a professional groomer to do the trimming on your behalf, and also conduct the clipping of their toenails and the fur around their genitals. This is recommended once per month.
Corgi’s are big shedders. That’s just the way that they are and the genetics that they have.
As such, you must get your corgi used to being groomed from the time that they are a puppy. Doing so will ensure that it will become a pleasant experience for them.
Grooming is something your corgi cannot live without – you are doing it primarily for the good of their health, and it lessens the number of dog hairs around your home, which can make life unpleasant for everyone who lives there.
When you brush your corgi’s coat, make sure that they lies on their side and always be on the lookout for tangles and mats, as they can become painful for your corgi. Because corgis have double coats (a shorter inside layer and a longer outside layer), you must not shave their coat as it may not grow back correctly.
A proper diet and plenty of exercise will work wonders for their coat and general health. Stress can make their fur fall out more often, so making sure that they are happy, healthy, and comfortable should reduce excessive shedding.
I am a practiced pet owner with decades of experience owning a number of different pets. I am also the main writer and chief editor here at Pet Educate; a site I created to share everything I’ve learned about pet ownership over the years and my extensive research along the way.