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Everything You Need to Know About Owning and Caring for a Corgi in Singapore

Corgis are an adorable breed characterised by their short legs and long ears. Their friendly and affectionate personalities make them the perfect addition to any household. 

In this article, we talk about the key traits and personality of corgis, how to care for them, and more. Learn more about these cheerful, beloved dogs!


We’d like to thank the following contributors for their valuable input towards this topic:

  • Dr. Jennifer Coates (DVM) from Pup Life Today and
  • Connie Monico, In-House Veterinary Technician from The Dog Adventure.

  • *Disclaimer: The content published is for general information and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of vets. Please consult a vet on your dog’s health condition for an accurate diagnosis.

    Everything You Need to Know About Owning a Corgi

    Key Traits of Corgis

    Breeds
  • Pembroke Welsh corgi
  • Cardigan Welsh corgi
  • Weight
  • Male: 10 - 14kg
  • Female: 10 - 13kg
  • Size
  • Length: 56 - 66 cm
  • Height: 25 - 30cm
  • Life expectancy12 - 15 years
    Fur coat
  • Short and thick
  • Comes in colours like red, sable, fawn, black head tri-colour or red head tri-colour
  • Personalities of Corgis

    Happy corgi

      Affectionate

    Corgis make wonderful family pets. They enjoy making their human companions happy and participating in family activities.

      Gentle

    Corgis are well-mannered dogs that get along well with most people and animals.

      Stubborn

    Corgis can grow to become stubborn if they aren’t given proper training and attention, causing them to appear bossy. However, they aren’t malicious and may just want to do things their own way.

    How to Care for a Corgi in Singapore

    Corgi playing in the grass

    Staying in a HDB Flat

    Unfortunately, corgis are not part of HDB’s list of approved dog breeds. This is understandable since corgis tend to bark a lot, which can be disruptive to your neighbours.

    Grooming Needs of a Corgi

    Grooming and deshedding are essential parts of grooming your corgi. Apart from keeping his fur coat neat, they also keep him cool in Singapore’s hot and humid climate.

      Professional grooming

    Corgis have a dense coat that needs to be groomed every 4 – 8 weeks

      Brushing

    Additionally, they are heavy shedders who tend to shed a lot of fur daily.  

    To prevent hair from getting all over your home, you can give his fur coat a thorough brush once a day to remove the shedded hair.

    Exercise Needs of a Corgi

    Corgis are energetic dogs that require a least 1 hour of exercise each day. Exercise is important in keeping them healthy and preventing boredom which can lead to destructive behaviours.

    Additionally, Connie shares that exercise can help to build the muscles of corgis to offer adequate support for their backs. This can be helpful since the build of corgis make them predisposed to conditions involving their spine. 

    Some ways you can exercise a corgi include:

      Walking

    Walking is an excellent form of exercise for your corgi. It’s also a great source of mental stimulation as it allows him to explore new sights and sounds, and interact with other animals.

      Swimming

    Bringing your pet to a dog-friendly swimming pool is a great way to keep him active. Additionally, it’s also a joint-friendly exercise that doesn’t put additional stress on his joints.

      Running

    Corgis aren’t suitable for long distance runs. However, they make great partners on short jogs. 

    You can consider bringing your pup to dog-friendly parks to give him a safe, spacious space to run around freely.

    Diet of a Corgi

    Corgis are prone to overeating and obesity. According to Dr. Jennifer, it’s vital to feed them a high-quality, nutritionally complete and balanced diet in amounts that help them maintain a healthy weight. This means that you’ll need to control their portions when feeding them.

    Their diets should contain a healthy mix of 

    • protein (50 – 75%), 
    • fat (15 – 18%), and 
    • carbohydrate (25%). 

    Additionally, you can also complement your dog’s diet with supplements like glucosamine to help manage common health conditions like hip dysplasia.

    How to Train a Corgi

    Corgi at a lake

      Be firm during training

    Corgis are strong-willed dogs who enjoy having things their way. As such, you’ll need to stay consistent with training and stand your ground when it comes to disciplining your pet.

      Establish a routine

    Establishing a routine aids in the process of training as it helps your pet to learn and stick to the schedule and rules that you’ve set.

      Praise and reward your corgi

    Dogs repeat behaviours that are rewarded. That’s why positive reinforcement is useful when training your pet.

    Common Health Conditions Found in a Corgi

    Black tri-head corgi

    Some common health problems that corgis face include:

    Hip Dysplasia

    According to Dr. Jennifer, one of the most common health problems corgis face is hip dysplasia. This condition prevents the proper development of the hip joint in your pet, causing osteoarthritis and significant pain over time. 

      Symptoms:

    • Decreased range of motion
    • Difficulty getting up, jumping or running
    • Stiffness
    • Bunny-like hopping
    • Loss of muscle mass in thighs

      Treatment:

    Depending on the severity of your corgi’s condition, treatment options can include physical therapy, medications, supplements or surgery.

    Progressive Retinal Atrophy

    Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a degenerative disease that causes cells in your dog’s eyes to deteriorate, eventually leading to blindness.

      Symptoms:

    • Night blindness
    • Reluctance to enter dark areas
    • Nervousness at night
    • Bumping into objects
    • Eyeshine (reflected glow in your dog’s eyes when light shines on them)

      Treatment:

    There’s no known effective treatment for PRA at the moment. Fortunately, this condition is painless, and the best course of action is to help your furry friend grow accustomed to his vision loss and navigate his environment.

    Degenerative myelopathy

    Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive disease that affects the spinal cords of dogs, resulting in weakness or paralysis of their hind legs. 

      Symptoms:

    • Paralysis in the limbs
    • Difficulty getting up
    • Decreased muscle mass
    • Dragging of feet when walking
    • Falls over easily when pushed from the side

      Treatment:

    Unfortunately, there’s no treatment for this condition at the moment. However, paw parents can bring their corgis for physical rehabilitation to strengthen their muscles to improve their quality of life.

    There’s currently no known cause for degenerative myelopathy, but scientists are investigating the genes that may increase a dog’s likelihood of developing it.

    Price of Owning a Corgi in Singapore

    Corgi lying down on grass

    One-Off Costs

      Licensing

    In accordance with the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules, all dogs must be licensed. This ensures the traceability of the animals during a disease outbreak. 

     1-year license2-year license3-year licenseLifetime license
    Cost of license for sterilised dogs$15 per dog$25 per dogN.A$35
    Cost of license for non-sterilised dogs$90 per dog$165 per dog$230 per dogN.A

    Please refer to the Animal & Veterinary Service website for more information on licensing your dog.

      Sterilisation

    Sterilising your pet lowers his risk of developing certain health problems. This procedure can cost anywhere from $150 – $500.

      Microchipping

    Microchipping your dog isn’t compulsory, but it’s highly recommended as it increases the chances of locating your pet in the event that he goes missing. 

    This procedure costs about $50 – $90.

    Recurring Costs

    • Food: Up to $120 per month
    • Vaccinations: $30 – $60 per vaccine
    • Grooming: Approximately $50 per session
    • Medical and dental expenses: Approximately $52 per month

    Other additional costs may include things like pet insurance and purchasing items like dog accessories.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Owning a Corgi in Singapore

    Corgi in the grass

    Are Corgis Good with Children?

    Corgis are great with children, as long as they’ve been given proper obedience training. However, as with most animals, you should avoid leaving young children unattended with corgis.

    Do Corgis Make Good Watch Dogs?

    Corgis are attentive dogs that’ll alert you when something is wrong, making them good watch dogs.

    Can Corgis Be Left Alone During the Day?

    Corgis are prone to separation anxiety and don’t enjoy being left alone for extended periods.

    If you need to leave your pet unsupervised, you should avoid leaving him alone for more than 8 hours a day.

    Owning a Corgi in Singapore

    Owning a corgi Is a major decision that cannot be taken lightly. As such, we urge you to think twice before you commit to taking care of one.

    Once you’ve made the decision to bring one into your family, ensure that you’re ready to welcome your new furry friend!

    Article by:
    Madeleine
    Contributors:
    As an avid home baker, Madeleine spends a significant portion of her free time scouring the internet for recipes for next her baking project. When she’s not hands deep in kneading some form of dough, you can find her making music with a bunch of like-minded musicians at her alma mater’s alumni band.
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