Corgis are intelligent, friendly, outgoing, and playful small dogs perfect for families in need of a loyal dog.
This breed of dog also known as Welsh (dwarf) Corgi can be found in two types: Cardigan Corgi Or Pembroke Corgi.
Known as the preferred breed of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who owned over 30 dogs during her reign, the Corgi seems to have conquered the heart of Americans as well.
The Corgi dogs are a lovable, loyal, and very intelligent breed. With fluffy coats, pointy ears, and often a stubborn temperament, Corgis are known to be ”big dogs in a small package”. Historically, this breed was trained to be cattle herding. While they love to follow their owner, sometimes it is hard to train them due to their intelligence and stubbornness. Stanley Coren ranked them in eleventh place for ”The Intelligence of Dogs”. So how much do corgis cost?
How Much Does a Corgi Cost?
The average cost of a Corgi dog is anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000, depending on your geographical location, the dog’s age, and the breeder.
However, as there are two types of Corgis, the cost may differ a little. For example, for a Cardigan Corgi, you should expect to pay somewhere from $1,200 to $1,800, while the Pembroke Corgi price will be from $1,000 to $2,000. Also, these costs are influenced by several factors.
For a champion bloodline, you can expect to as much as $3,500 for a Corgi dog with a superior pedigree.
Adopting a Corgi from an animal shelter should be more affordable, and you should be able to purchase one in the range of $250 to $800. However, keep in mind that the cost will vary depending on your location, shelter, the age of the dog, and whether it has a pedigree or not.
According to DogBreedsLists.com, purchasing a Corgi from a reputable breeder can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000. However, if the puppy is from a top breed line, the costs may go from $2,500 to as much as $4,000.
LoveYourDog.com stated that for a Corgi pup, you should expect to pay as little as $400 to as much as $4,000, depending on the breeder, bloodline, and even the features of the dog.
On Puppies.com, you can find several Corgi puppies for sale, for a cost of about $1,000.
The AKC Marketplace has various listings of Corgi dogs from which you can choose. On the day of this writing, the website has over 500 puppies and adults Corgis. For instance, a 14-week-old male Corgi is listed for the cost of $1,000 while a female Corgi of 13 weeks old costs $1,500. However, a female champion bloodline of six months is $2,500, while one breeder sells his Corgi puppies for the cost of $900.
From PuppyFinder.com, you can purchase a Corgi puppy for as little as $450 to as much as $2,000 or more. This website has various puppies from different breeders, with affordable but also high-end costs.
With so many options from where to choose, you should have no problem finding the perfect Corgi for you and your family.
Corgi dogs overview
The Corgi dogs are known as a herding breed and even more, they are classified as working dogs. You may find them often trying to herd children or other pets.
Their looks are adorable, with those short legs, long bodies, and foxy-shaped heads with pointy fluffy ears. However, even though they are small dogs, they are very active and it is said that healthy male adults can reach up to 25 mph when running.
Corgis have double-coated soft and thick fur, that needs regular maintenance, but usually, it does not require a lot of work. Their fur is known to be dirt-repellent, so just brush them for that fluffy look and bathe them regularly. However, in the warmer months, Corgis will shed a lot, so ensure you brush them daily.
As per the fur color, Corgis can have fawn, sable, red, black, and tan, usually mixed with white.
Their life expectancy is between 12 to 15 years old, and usually a medium healthy Corgi weighs anywhere from 20 to 30 pounds.
Besides their appearance, Corgis are known to be affectionate, friendly, and loyal, which is why most families prefer them. However, you should know that they are also extremely active and will need a lot of exercise and playtime.
What are the extra costs?
As with any dog, you should expect to have additional costs for food, toys, veterinary, possible treatments, and grooming sessions. For example, a large bag of dog food can cost $25 to $80, depending on the quality of the food. You will probably give the food in a bowl, so if you don’t have one, get it.
For a grooming session including bathing, clipping nails, and brushing teeth you should expect to pay an extra $40 to $50. According to several online sources, for the first year, you can expect to pay $400 to $600 on vet bills.
Several people choose to have their dogs insured, but if you want to do this, you should expect to pay as little as $10 per month for basic pet insurance to as much as $100 for a more complex plan.
If you purchase a Corgi from far away and it needs to be shipped by plane, you should expect to pay around $400. Usually, breeders will not allow the dog to travel alone, and if this is the case, you will need to pay for the breeder’s ticket as well, which can double your shipping expenses.
Owning a Corgi also means taking it to the vet for periodic vaccinations and you might also want to spay or neuter it, these things costing extra as well.
Important things to consider
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Corgi comes from Welsh. Cor means dwarf and gi means dog.
In the past, the Corgis had the tail decked which is still a tradition to this day. However, after so many centuries of having their tails decked, Corgis are born almost with no tail.
Being a herd cattle breed, Corgis are very easy to be trained.
Stealing a Corgi comes with serious penalties and fines due to the ancient Welsh law.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi may be expensive due to his rarity.
Due to their active nature and intelligence, Corgis are often trained to participate in different competitions. Most of them can easily become champions with proper training.
Corgis require a lot of exercise to consume their energy. Even though are small dogs, they love to run, play, and learn tricks.
Corgis may bark more than other dogs. Prepare to hear them bark even at the smallest new sounds. According to MyCorgi.com, it should be easy to train them to stop barking on command, but you may never train them to keep quiet without at least one warning.
As with any dog breed, Corgis may come with some inherited diseases. The most commonly known ones are hip dysplasia, intervertebral disk disease, Canine von Willebrand’s Disease, epilepsy, and eye problems.
Also, they are prone to obesity. Take into consideration that Corgis love to eat, so you may want to pay more attention to their diet.
Female Corgi are usually, more expensive than male Corgi.
How can I save money?
Adopting a dog from an animal shelter will definitely be more affordable, as the cost will be $400 on average.
Also, if you choose to purchase an older dog, costs will significantly be lower. Even though there are not a lot of old Corgi available for adoption, contact your local facility to see if they have any.
To save money, do not purchase a champion bloodline Corgi if you do not intend to participate in contests., A higher pedigree will come with high costs.