If you are looking at the Corgi dog breed then you’ll want to know how much they cost on average and how much you can expect to pay. It’s important to have a rough idea before you visit a breeder to ensure you get a fair price and there are no overtly obvious red flags. Needing this information, I decided to conduct some thorough research. I’ve pulled what I have been able to find in this guide.
So, how much is a Corgi puppy? The cost of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi varies between $1,000 and $2,200. Cardigan Welsh puppies cost about the same, making the average price around $1,500 for a Corgi puppy, according to the American Kennel Club. However, the cost of a corgi will vary by breeder, age, the lineage of the dog among other factors like whether or not they have received their vaccinations.
The cost of a Corgi relies on several considerations, among them being the type of breed (Cardigan vs Pembroke Welsh). Cardigan Corgis are sometimes and traditionally more slightly more expensive as they can be rarer from breeders than their Pembroke counterparts. Ultimately, it depends on where you live and what breeders and breeds are available in your area. You may even need to travel to get a fairer price.
Puppies from show-quality parents will be at the higher end of the price scale – as you are expected to pay a premium for dogs that are less likely to encounter and suffer from health issues and complications.
The cost of Corgis between breeders can vary, but, an honest breeder will charge what they know their puppy is worth.
Let us now take a closer look at the upfront cost of a corgi before turning to the ongoing costs required of owners.
Average Corgi Prices
The average cost of a Corgi will depend on multiple factors.
Let us now take a closer look at what you can expect to pay for your Corgi, having considered the average prices from the American Kernel Association (AKG) among other breeder sources:
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** Please note that not all the costs may be required for all puppies purchased. For example, vaccinations may be included in the upfront price of the puppy, shipping may not be required etc**
First and foremost, the cost of a Corgi depends on the breeder and whether the Corgi is purebred or not.
If you get your Corgi from a well-recognized professional breeder, you can expect to pay at minimum several hundred dollars for your pooch.
On average, Corgi puppies cost in the range of $600 to $1,500.
The price depends on the location of the breeder and the quality of the pup. Some Corgi can cost more than $2,000. Generally, the more you pay the more premium the lineage of the breed and usually vaccinations have already been provided (but not always).
If you want a Corgi that isn’t strictly a pure breed, you may pay as little as $100 up to $400.
In regards to location, you may expect to pay shipping charges if you purchase your dog outside of the state in which you currently reside.
Some airlines provide this service, and they can charge anywhere between $250 to $ 400 for the service.
Where Can I Buy A Corgi?
It is highly recommended to get a Corgi from a registered Corgi breeder.
A reputable Welsh Corgi breeder will conduct genetic testing and can provide you with complete information on the dog’s background – even providing you with papers of the lineage and dogs within the family tree.
Maintaining a good rapport with a breeder is ideal as they can give you a lot of useful and vital information upfront about your dogs requirements and some may even offer ongoing support and care for your Corgi even after you have taken them home.
If for some reason, you are no longer able to care for your Corgi, some breeders can be contacted to help you to find a suitable new owner for them.
It is advisable not to breed Corgis unless you have a lot of knowledge and experience. The females tend to have complicated pregnancies, as is the way with small dogs.
So, unless you can provide excellent care for the female and have a vet on call, you should buy these dogs from a Corgi breeder.
You can get a Corgi from a shelter, which is a great way to re-home a dog in desperate need of a loving home. Many people are surprised to find purebred dogs in shelters, but you can find them there just like any other dog. The American Kennel Club sometimes features Corgi puppies on their website.
Whatever you do, do not support the abusive and corrupt puppy mill and unscrupulous backyard breeder industry.
Get you Corgi from a shelter or an ethical breeder.
A trusted breeder will want to meet with you on several occasions before they sell you a puppy – this is to ensure that you get to meet their mother and siblings to give you a clear understanding of their home environment.
Cost Of Owning A Corgi
Before bringing your Corgi puppy home, you must make sure that you have all the essentials that your puppy needs, such as food, bowls, a bed, toys, a collar, a leash, and treat. This is only the beginning and upfront costs.
There are veterinary costs to consider throughout your Corgis life, especially within the first year.
Breeders usually provide the first vaccine, sometimes the second depending on the age. However, a 16th-week vaccination and the first-year vaccination is likely to be expected for you to organize and fund as they will be in your care by these times.
Aside from the cost of vaccinating your puppy, full examinations increase the cost of visiting the vet. Neutering/spaying is another consideration and decision that you will have to make; and this will incur a cost ranging from $100-$300+. Thankfully this is a one off cost and it can actually limit the chances of health issues and complications in the long term (preventing future bills).
Talking of such, there will be unexpected injuries or illnesses over the course of your dogs life. Some of such may require veterinary assistance and this costs.
As your puppy grows, they will need more calories, so this will increase the cost of dog food.
Corgi Puppies require between 280 to 400 calories a day, whereas the adults require between 770 to 1,050 calories a day.
Your vet will help you to choose the best food to suit your pooch throughout his lifetime.
For a 25 to 30 pound bag of dog food, expect to pay between $30 to $40 for an average quality food brand and around $80 for a high-quality food brand.
Training is another potential cost to consider, where you may want to take your Corgi to a group training setting.
If your Corgi is particularly naughty, or does not respond to training effectively, then you may need to even consider specialist dog behavioral training. This can range from $50-$100 per session but is not expected for all dogs and is the exception rather than the norm.
You may want to purchase equipment that will help you to take better care of your dog, better monitor them or prevent them from escaping. Specific collars, fencing or certain camera equipment are just some examples here.
Summary of ongoing costs:
- Essentials – bowls, a bed, toys, a collar, a leash.
- Food, including treats
- Dog equipment
Why Are Corgi Puppies So Expensive?
Corgis are by no means a rare dog breed as there are many reputable corgi breeders throughout the United States and internationally.
The main reason Corgi puppies are so expensive is due to their popularity, and being popular comes with a high price tag as less ‘supply’ is available to meet demand. Alongside this, due to their stature and particular frame they can be a more difficult dog to breed.
Dog breeding is an expensive industry, although this is not necessarily due to overhead costs.
If a particular breed is in demand, supply can raise the cost. Breeders are the suppliers, and because the demand for Corgi puppies is high, this raises the price – this is fundamental economics.
If you live in a state where the cost of living is high, this will affect the price of a Corgi puppy. Expert breeders here will understandably be more expensive. Equally, if you live in a state where the cost of living is low, Corgi puppies will generally go for a lower price (but not always).
Reputable Corgi breeders offer many things to justify the high price tag. These additional but important things add up the price. Let’s look at what these reputable breeders provide for your puppy before you bring him home:
- Look after all current shots
- Dog supplies
- One month of food
- Health checks at the vet
- Health guarantees
- AKC registrations
- Neutering/ Spaying
- They can provide you with on-demand information and ongoing dog care
Corgis are relatively expensive to buy and take care of. There are many costs you need to consider and factor in. But in all honesty, all dogs are expensive to buy and take care of.
If you are yet to get a dog or Corgi for that matter, do not let the cost put you off (so long as you can reasonably afford them). Don’t stretch yourself but be realistic in what you can afford. You want to ensure that your dog can live its best life possible.
If you want a pet Corgi, be confident in the fact that they make excellent pets and have many unique qualities. They’re play, fun, loving and loyal and they are great for young families and children.
The cost of a Corgi puppy can vary between breeders, but purchasing your pup from a reputable breeder makes a world of difference. It is thoroughly recommended.
An expert breeder cares about their dogs and wants to sell them to the right owners. Part of their cost is ensuring that they will be properly taken care of.
Ultimately, a Corgi puppy is worth the high price tag if they are born through a reputable breeder. It is money well spent for many years of loyal companionship.
It is crucial to be well prepared before making one of these puppies a permanent member of your family.
Aside from the upfront cost, there are ongoing costs to consider throughout your dogs life that include food, healthcare, and other additional expenses.
But at the end of the day, all are worth paying to keep your dog happy and healthy.
Corgis are intelligent, loyal, playful, active and keen to impress their owners. They are very loyal dogs making them an ideal family pet. However, they were initially bred to herd cattle. For this reason they can be stubborn and develop a bossy temperament. For this reason, training is required from a young age to prevent this from taking hold.
Corgis typically do bark a lot. This is due to the fact that they were bred to herd livestock and barking was a method used to do so. However, Corgis are intelligent and are one of the easier dogs to train. With sufficient training from a young age, and ample exercise and socialization, you can reduce and manage barking in a Corgi.
Corgis are known to be heavy shedders. They have a thick, double-layer coat that will shed daily. During the summer and spring months, they are known to shed more. It is important as an owner that you frequently brush their fur and remove any matted fur promptly before it causes pain and discomfort to your dog.
Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis will reach a similar height and weight at maturity. An average Pembroke Welsh Corgi will reach 10-12 inches in height and weigh up to 30 pounds (male) and 28 pounds (female). An average Cardigan Corgi will reach 10.5-12.5 inches in height and weigh up to 30-38 pounds (male) and 25-34 pounds (female).
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.