5 Things You DON’T Need To Have To Raise A Happy Corgi

If you want to raise a happy Corgi then you don’t need to worry about having a big backyard or a massive house. They don’t care. You don’t need to buy expensive food because the cheaper stuff is just as good, and you certainly don’t need to buy them fancy beds and toys. Just like regular dog training is all they need, not fancy and expensive methods.

I love Corgis, and that should come as no surprise to anyone reading this. I’ve had them most of my life, and of all the breeds I have had the pleasure of owning, I always come back to this one. They’re wonderful, happy dogs but I also come across a lot of new Corgi owners who feel overwhelmed by the things everyone says they need for a happy dog. 

The truth is, there are a lot of things you don’t need to do if you want a healthy, happy Corgi. You don’t need fancy toys and equipment, and you certainly don’t need to be spending an arm and a leg on dog food. Dogs enjoy a simple life, and they will thrive just as much as those who are offered a lavish lifestyle. Trust me. 

Let’s ease your mind and take you through five things you don’t need to have to raise a happy Corgi

5 things you don't need to have to raise a healthy happy corgi
Cuddles is the main thing Winston needs!

Key Takeaways:

  • Corgis are working dogs with a lot of love to give, making them great pets 
  • They don’t need a big yard to be happy or a big house 
  • You don’t need to buy super fancy dog food for them to thrive 
  • Expensive toys and beds aren’t always better than the cheaper options 
  • Corgis are stubborn dogs, but they don’t need high-tech training equipment
  • A healthy, happy Corgi just needs to be loved and cared for 

What Makes Corgis a Great Choice 

Corgis are fantastic dogs. They’re high-energy working dogs with a history as herders, which means they need a lot of physical and mental exercise to keep them happy. They’re goofy, sweet, and some of the most loyal dogs you will ever meet. And they’re also highly intelligent and right up there as one of the smartest breeds around.

Corgis are real characters with stumpy legs and expressive eyes that make you want to melt inside. They’re stubborn as Hell, and while that can be frustrating at times, it’s something you learn you never want to change about them. They’re good family dogs or good for working on the farm, and you’ll only ever underestimate them once. 

5 things you don't need to have to raise a healthy happy corgi
Hanging out with a canine companion is always a nice bonus!

5 Things You Don’t Need To Have To Raise A Happy Corgi

Corgis need just as much care and attention as other dogs, but that doesn’t mean they need you to give them a ridiculous lifestyle. There’s so much media about how you should be spoiling your dog, and while it’s nice to treat them, not everyone can afford it all the time. Never feel ashamed if you can’t buy them fancy things. They don’t need a lot to be happy and healthy.

1. A Massive Backyard  

Corgis don’t need a lot of space to run around at home. In fact, a lot of Corgis I know don’t even have a garden. As long as you are taking them out for walks every day and ensuring they get plenty of mental stimulation at home, you’re on the path to a very happy and healthy dog. Just remember that exercise is key when fighting canine obesity

2. A Big House 

Many Corgis are suited to apartment living and make do with a one-bedroom place that doesn’t have a lot of space. They are small dogs, which means they don’t take up a lot of room, and they aren’t going to cause chaos in the house so long as they are getting the exercise they need. They’re not Great Danes; they don’t need loads of space to stretch and walk. 

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Winston LOVES carrots!

3. The Most Expensive Dog Food 

One of my pet peeves is seeing pricey dog food advertised as the best and only option. Every dog is different, and my Corgis are no exception. I have two who thrive on very cheap food and one who is so picky that he will only eat a bag of the fancier stuff. The point is that all three of my dogs are thriving, and two of them are on food that costs $20 every six weeks

How do you know if the food you’re buying is good? Look for a kibble or wet food that says it’s nutritionally complete. This means it has everything your Corgi needs to be healthy, and there won’t be any need to use supplements. The cheap stuff is just as complete as the fancy ones.

4. Fancy Bedding and Toys 

You always see fancy bedding and expensive toys being advertised, but I want to let you in on a little secret. While dog toys can be great for pups who love squeakers, it’s actually cheaper to buy second-hand plushies made for children. These toys are designed to be tougher and last longer, unlike dog toys, which are made to break, so you have to buy more. 

Buying kids’ toys ends up being cheaper, and you get toys that will last a lifetime. As for the bedding? As long as it’s comfortable, that’s all your dog cares about. You don’t need to spend $400 on a bed for your Corgi (admittedly, I have, and I still don’t know why I did it) for them to be happy. Mine prefer the cheap bed to the expensive one. 

5. High-Tech Training Gear

I see a lot of high-tech training gear on the market. Specially designed leads and collars to improve recall and prevent your Corgi from pulling seem to be the most popular. A lot of these things are a waste of money that don’t actually work, and you don’t need any of this for your Corgi to be happy and healthy. What you do need is a good dog trainer

You can train your Corgi yourself or hire a professional, but the fact remains that standard training is the only thing you need, and a fancy collar and leash aren’t going to change that. I’ve tried all the tech – none of it works and it’s just an expensive version of the standard stuff you buy at the pet store. Patience, time, and training are all that’s required for success. 

5 things you don't need to have to raise a healthy happy corgi
Sometimes a nice spot in the sunshine is all you need

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Can I Tell My Corgi is Happy?

If you want to know if your Corgi is happy, look at their posture. A loose and relaxed posture and relaxed ears are the telltale signs that your Corgi is feeling happy. Similarly, if they are rolling over and showing you their belly, that means they feel safe and comfortable enough to be completely vulnerable around you. 

Do Zoomies Mean My Corgi is Happy?

Yes, zoomies are a sign your Corgi is happy. Short bursts of excitement like that are a way for your Corgi to let off some steam and show you just how content they are. Combine that with a wagging tail and a lolling tongue, and you can feel quietly confident in knowing your Corgi is very happy and loved. 

How Do I Keep My Corgi Happy?

Keeping your Corgi happy is simple. All you need to do is make sure they get plenty of exercise, enough food and water, and that you take the time to play with them and bond every day. Corgis are often big cuddlers, and that means reserving time for snuggles and pets on the couch at the end of a long day. 

Final Thoughts 

You don’t need a lot to have a happy and healthy Corgi. Big yards and massive houses aren’t a necessity. The only things you really need are a lot of love and good food, which they thrive on. As long as you’re giving them exercise and keeping their minds stimulated, that’s all that really matters in the end. 

Now, while Corgis can be easy to train as long as you’re patient, that doesn’t change the fact they are smart and stubborn. Never be afraid to get help from a professional trainer to help your stumpy pal become a model citizen and the most well-behaved dog in the park. 

Bella is the founder of Doggy & Pooch. She rehomed Winston the corgi in Jan 2020 and now shares her best tips and interesting facts with corgi lovers globally.

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