Fact: dogs are the absolute best. All you need to do is read about the labrador retriever that adopted nine ducklings to know they are natural nurturers. Or read about that very good boy that waits at the train station for 12 hours a day for his human to get back from work to be convinced of their inextricable loyalty and patience. Or see this viral photo of a dog politely waiting outside a cafe that doesn’t allow pets to believe they are every bit as intelligent as humans. Their love is absolute and unselfish, and their dependance on us is an evolutionary trait that’s been proven by studies, which is why the canine-human bond is as strong and enduring as it is. But of all of the breeds in the world, I’d wager that the corgi is one of the best.
Ideally, you always want to try to adopt one, and you can find plenty of fluffy balls of happiness by searching for the breed in adoptapet.com. But however you obtain your new BFF, there’s no question that you couldn’t ask for a better companion. So read on, and go get yourself a corgi! And for more amazing dog stories, check out The Most Popular Dog Breed in Every State.
So fat, so fluffy, so loaf-like. How can something be so endlessly squishable? This one comes to you courtesy of sneakersthecorgi.
The Way They Walk
Corgis swing their big booties left and right like they are in a perpetual rap music video, and it’s too cute to bear. They are the very definition of “thicc.” For more on dogs, here’s Why It’s Totally OK to Talk to Your Dog Like a Baby.
They Can Twerk
I first fell in love with corgis when I saw this unbelievable video of a corgi legit twerking to the “Bubble-Butt” song by Major Lazer. Miley Cyrus has nothing on these babies!
The Queen Has Them
If corgis weren’t the absolute best, why would Queen Elizabeth have famously had over 30 of them in her lifetime? The Queen loves this breed so much that it’s believed Meghan Markle‘s warm welcome into the royal family was a direct result of the fact that they immediately took to her when they first met. For more of the royal scoop on the her enduring love affair with this breed, check out 15 Fascinating Facts About the Royal Corgis.
They Make You Seem Refined
The Queen’s obsession with the breed is well-known all over the world, so having a corgi immediately establishes an association in people’s minds between a corgi owner and Her Royal Majesty. But it also helps that corgis have a royal air about them as well. When you do or say something they don’t like, they flash you an indignant look, then whip their faces to the side as if to say, “Good day, sir.” It’s why they are so perfectly suited to names that are generally given to British lords, like Winston, Sherlock (my corgi’s name), and Benedict Cumberbatch.
They’re Absolute Goofballs
As seriously as they take themselves, corgis can also often be exceptionally silly. They do this funny little tapdance when they want a treat, they flop around when you give them a pork rind, and when they are so happy they can’t even contain themselves they run back and forth with a goofy grin with their tongues hanging from the sides of their mouths. For more about dogs, here are all of the Secrets You’re Dog Walker Is Not Telling You.
They’re Afraid of Large Zucchini
OK, it’s not all corgis, just these two that went viral last year. But how cute and smooshy are their unnecessarily frightened faces?!
And Also Pumpkins
This viral video of a baby Corgi barking at an evil tiny pumpkin is too much for a human heart to handle.
The “sploot” is when they splay their little paws out and their butts look like two chicken wings that you have the unbearable urge to squeeze. It’s the trademark move of the corgi. If you haven’t seen this video of a corgi so dedicated to his sploot that his owner uses him to mop the floors, you absolutely must.
Their Chubby Little Paws
So chubby, so soft. When they give you their paw for “shake” you never want to let them go.
Their Love of Life
To some extent, this is true of all dogs, but some are more prone to melancholy than others. Corgis, on the other hand, are a cheerful bunch, and they are so excited about everything happening around them. They are like little buddhas constantly reminding you to live in the moment. So often, I’ll be upset about something stupid, like an email at work or a text from a boy, and I look at my corgi and he is just SO PUMPED about the fact that there’s grass all around him. And I think, “You know what, you’re right. Grass is incredible. I take grass for granted.” For a corgi, every day is the best day ever, except for yesterday and tomorrow. For more on how dogs impact your mental health, check out the 15 Amazing Benefits of Adopting a Pet.
They’ll Never Leave Your Side
Dogs are loyal in general, but some of them to run are liable to run off if they see an animal they want to hunt, or prefer to lounge on the couch and let you do your own thing. Corgis were bred to herd sheep and cattle, which means they literally never leave your side. They follow you all over the house, and when you go into the bathroom, they wait outside until you’re done. When they’re puppies, it can be a little annoying because they also tend to gently nip at your heels, which is an instinct they have because that’s how corgis get animals to get back in line when they wander off. But once you train the nipping out of them, the fact that they hang around your ankles all the time feels like true love. And every time they look up at you, it’s with a degree of adoration that you never knew was possible.
They’re Great Cuddlers
All dogs are different, and their personalities often match that of their owners, so the fact that my corgi is a cuddle fiend is probably due to the fact that I’m intensely affectionate as well. But corgis are also notoriously cuddly. When I wake up in the morning, mine (shown above) does a little army up to my pillow, curls up beside me, and then wiggles until there is not a centimeter between our bodies. It provides an oxytocin rush that lasts me the entire day.
Their Herding Skills
There are a lot of videos of them in their natural element, and it’s pretty impressive to watch. But even if you don’t have a flock of sheep to tend to, their excellent herding abilities means they have a great sense of direction, and they always know where home is.
They Look Great In Outfits
Since mine is called Sherlock, I like to dress him up as Sherlock Holmes. But they look unspeakably adorable in a variety of outfits, including but not limited to a. a banana, b. a lobster, and c. a hot dog. And the looks on their faces that clearly say, “This is beneath my dignity” makes it that much cuter.
They’re Great With Kids
It’s a known trait of the breed, so long as everyone in the family still gives them plenty of attention. But kids love to play, and so do corgis, so it’s a match made in heaven.
They’re Easy to Train
Corgis are smart, obedient, and they aim to please, which is super for training. It took mine 10 minutes to learn “Sit” and another 15 to get “Shake.” And he loved every moment of it.
They Love to Boop
A “boop” is when they get close to your face and suddenly smack their little snouts against your nose in a slobbery, trademark corgi display of affection. It can also refer to the practice of “booping” them by repeatedly touching their snouts, which they never seem to mind.
They Usually Get Along With Other Animals
My corgi is personally opposed to cats, but several websites say that the breed generally mixes well with felines. And there’s a lot of proof on the Internet that corgis embrace all of the earth’s creatures, like this photo of Internet-famous Loki (RIP) with his special hamster friend, Ham.
Some of Them Have Tails
Bet you didn’t know that there were two types of corgis. The most common and popular one, and the one predominantly featured on this list, is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Some are born with super-short tails, and the ones that aren’t generally have them docked between 2–5 days old due to historical tradition (though, in many countries, docking has become illegal). The Cardigan Welsh Corgi, on the other hand, have lush, long tails that make them look even more like foxes. They also tend to be more reserved. A common joke among corgi handlers is that if there were a party, Cardigans would be the ones opening the door and Pembroke Welsh corgis would be the ones having a pool party out in the back.
The Big Ears
They’re like little satellites that can pick up sound from miles away. And the fact that they are basically the length of their entire head and always stand upright is oh-so-cute.
The Way They Look When They’re Feeling Guilty
When corgis are feeling guilty, they drop their giant ears and look up at you with those pools of big brown eyes in a way that makes you want to instantly forgive whatever crime they’ve committed. To make it even harder to stay mad at them, they often roll over in ultimate supplication and turns their faces away in shame, as little sweetie pie in this viral video does after digging up the yard. To figure out the difference between guilt and sadness, check out 15 Signs Your Dog Is Depressed.
They’re Surprisingly Fast Runners
Don’t let those little legs fool you. Corgis are surprisingly fast, since they have to be able to run twice as fast as the sheep or cattle in order to herd them. There are plenty of corgi racing events every year, and even a corgi racing society that keeps track of them. Corgi racing videos always go viral on the Internet, because it’s just too funny to watch their little sausage bodies go zoom. It’s also so much fun to race with one yourself in the park, even though the doggo will beat your every time.
They Love Other Dogs
Corgis are very sociable and they’re good with other animals, but they especially love other dogs. There are corgi meetups happening every month all across the country, where corgi owners bring their dogs together for an elegant gathering of hundreds of corgs, who greet one another by gently booping noses as though to say, “How do you do, sir?” Even when a fight breaks out it’s kind of funny because they look like two teddy bears trying to wrestle on their hind legs, and they always inspire tons of “This is Sparta” memes.
They Are So Fluffy
Yes, one of the only two flaws of the corgi is that they shed so much you can make another corgi out of one. Every time I sweep up my apartment it looks like Father Time blazed through the living room. But the upside is that they are oh-so-fluffy!
They Are Very Expressive
Whether they’re happy, sad, or surprised, you always know how your corgi feels based on his or her exaggerated facial expressions. And however they’re feeling, their cartoonish faces are always laugh-out-loud funny.
Corgis have great logistical and trouble-shooting skills, since it takes a fair amount of analytical work to herd sheep. The challenge this presents is that they always need something to work on or some sort of task to accomplish, otherwise they’re liable to get bored and act out. Luckily, there are plenty of dog puzzles out there to occupy brilliant canines. And it’s a lot of fun having a smart dog! I taught mine how to play the shell game (in which you hide a little ball under three identical cups that are face-down and then shuffle them around and make so the player has to remember which one the ball is hiding under), and he wins two out of every three times. I’m pretty sure I could teach him chess if I really wanted to.
They’re Great Watchdogs
One of the major downsides of corgis is that this breed tends to bark a lot. On the upside, however, that along with the fact that they are very attentive and protective and never leave your side means they make the best body guards. And no thief will dare enter your house as the corgi will hear him coming and scare him off with his ferocious big-dog bark.
They Really Focus On Their Tasks
This video of an overweight corgi trying and failing to jump over a fence is a testament to just how persistent they have decided to complete a task. After all, it takes a certain amount of dedication to herd sheep in any weather. When I watch my dog spend four hours licking up every tiny bit of peanut butter at the bottom of a jar, it never fails to inspire me and remind me to persevere in the face of any obstacle. Side note: as cute as fat dogs may be, obesity is a big problem among dogs and leads to loads of health issues down the line. To learn more, watch our interview with Dr. Eric Mueller or read our feature on the Former Model Who Wants to Save Your Dog’s Life.
They Love Attention
All dogs live for pats on the head, but corgis literally never get sick of your attention. They never want “alone time,” and there’s no such thing as too many belly rubs. For some people, this comes off as needy and exhausting, but if you’re a corgi-lover, it’s amazing to have a constant outlet for your boundless affection.
They’re Very Energetic
Corgis have what many consider to be the optimal energy levels for dogs. They are very active and you can easily take them out for the entire day without worrying about them getting tired, but they aren’t hyperactive and don’t need to be walked as long as some other breeds.
But Also Surprisingly Zen
As much as they love to run around, they can also be truly present and in harmony with the universe, like this corgi basking in a pile of fallen leaves.
The Way They Sleep Is Too Much
A lot of corgis like to sleep on their backs, so that they end up looking like stuffed toys. Mine adopts a variety of adorable sleeping positions on his back, ranging from The Ballerina (in which one leg is artfully extended as in a dramatic scene), to The Lazy Bicycle (in which he keeps his legs up in the air but turns his upper body to the side, like someone who fell asleep in the middle of doing side crunches).
Ditto For the Way They Swim
Because of the way their bodies are shaped, it’s pretty adorable to watch them paddle furiously while keeping their heads above the water, and this viral video proves, it looks equally hilarious when viewed from the bottom. The way they belly flop into the water, as in this viral video, is also unbearably cute.
They Have Big Personalities
Corgis are by no means wallflowers. Because they are smart and love attention, they are the life of the party. Each one has its own equally unique and equally loud personality. Some people find this exhausting, but it makes them seem even more like humans. Mine is so human-like that I often find myself thinking I should text him to let him know I’ll be home late. And several of them have such big personalities that they even have massively popular video channels in which they go to work or surf Tinder, like Topi the Corgi. Seriously, someone give this dog an Oscar!
They Sound Like Wookies
Some liken the corgi’s unique guttural growl to Wookies, even though size-wise they are closer to Ewoks. Either way, they definitely remind people of Star Wars characters. If you’re a fan, you’re not alone, as our list of the 11 Biggest Celebrity Star Wars “Geeks” clearly shows. Backstory to the photo above: my father came home from Target, elated to have found Sherlock a great new winter coat. It was a Wookie costume. At least he didn’t bring home the wrong dog, as did one clueless dad from Petsmart.
They Have the Funniest Look of Disapproval
There is an entire Facebook group called Disapproving Corgis where owners share the way their corgi looks at them when expressing judgment.
They Come In Several Colors
Most of the corgis in this list are “red and white,” as that is the predominant coat. It goes very well with a dark brown and beige ensemble and yes I do match my outfits to my dog when we go out. But corgis also come in “tri-color,” AKA black, white, and tan, like Pudge the Corgi.
They Look Great in Outerwear
Not that they need it with their gleaming, shiny coats, but as a fashionable-looking breed they are very fun to dress up in winter wear.
And Tuxes Or Bowties
It’s the dignified clothing they deserve. This is Sherlock beaming at his six-month birthday celebration, shortly before he got the whole thing covered in mud.
They Have an Innate Sense of Adventure
As a sociable breed that loves the great outdoors, they make ideal companions for epic adventures.
They Make the Cutest Puppies
OK, all puppies are adorable, but baby corgis look like little floofballs or stumpy baby bears. To learn more about the evolutionary reason you feel an inexplicable urge to cradle the puppy above, read Here’s the Age When Cute Puppies Are At Their Cutest.
They Have a Fascinating History
Pemrboke Welsh corgis go back as far as the 10th century, and it’s believed that the Vikings and Flemish weavers brought them home from Wales to use as herding dogs. According to Welsh legend, fairies used them to pull their coaches or ride them into battle, and if you look closely, you can still find fairy markings on their backs. So they are actually magical.
They Make Great Mermaids
Ever since this video of a corgi dressed up like a mermaid frolicking in the sea made the rounds on the Internet, everyone wants to attain the blissful sense of one-ness with the ocean achieved by this very good pup.
Their Little Sausage Bodies
When they hop down the stairs they literally look like slinkies.
They Look Like Cartoon Characters
With their goofy grins, expressive eyes, and wildly ungraceful movements, there’s very little to separate a corgi from a cartoon. Fun fact: an animated film called The Queen’s Corgi, which follows the adventures of the Queen’s favorite canine, Rex, is currently in post-production and due to hit theaters next year.
They Are Adorable When Mixed With Any Breed
Corgis are especially cute as mixed breeds, because they just look like a corgi disguised as another breed. Like this corgi golden retriever, who looks like a corgi that put on a golden retriever costume twice her size.
The word “corgi” translates to “dwarf dog” in Welsh, which is basically what they are.
Did We Mentions Their Butts?
It warrants repeating.