There’s no denying that Corgis are some of the cutest little cattle herders you’ll ever see.
These dogs may look like little dust bunnies, but they’re actually bred to help herd cattle.
As herding dogs, it’s got to make you wonder just how big Corgis can get.
How big do Corgis get?
Corgis can grow to be between twenty-five and thirty pounds in weight, depending on gender and breeding. The breed standard for height is ten to twelve inches to their withers, but again, gender and other breeding factors can play a role in this size. Males tend to be larger than females.
This is true for every dog breed, but there can be instances where you will find a female Corgi being slightly bigger than a few males, but this doesn’t happen too often.
Known as the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, this dog breed was originally bred to herd cattle which can be surprising because of their size as they are categorized as a small dog breed according to the American Kennel Club.
While they may be categorized as small dogs, they can gain weight easily if they are fed too often or too much.
Keeping them in or close to this weight range ensures that they are as healthy as they can be throughout their lives.
Many factors can affect how big or small a Corgi is, other than gender. Age, of course, affects how big they are, as does diet, lifestyle, and health issues.
Poor breeding can also have a Corgi being bigger or smaller in both height and weight.
Poor breeding affects not only how big a Corgi gets but their overall health and life from birth to its end.
A superior and reputable breeder should always be chosen when adopting a Corgi, or any dog. A Corgi should be fed a healthy diet free of additives and fillers to be healthy and grow to their full potential.
Their diet should contain lots of protein and be as natural as possible, with a minimal list of ingredients in their dog food and treats.
They should be live in a healthy environment free of unnecessary and harmful stress and provided with love, care, training, socialization, and plenty of playtime to grow to their full potential.
A Corgi should see their veterinarian for their annual checkups and at any time in between should an issue arise.
This increases the likelihood that any health issues that come up are addressed as quickly as possible.
Their veterinarian will assess how healthy a Corgi is and how well they are growing, including their height and weight and other areas of their life.
While the American Kennel Club sets breed standards, unless a Corgi is going in the show ring, health should be the focus, not size and how big they grow.
How much will my Corgi weigh during the first year of their life?
Your Corgi will weigh different weights at different stages of their puppy life.
Your Corgi will go through various growth phases of their life, including their puppy growth stages, which are short but can be trying while you’re doing through them with your puppy.
While they are growing through these phases, they will change, puppy fur will shed, and their adult fur coat will come in.
The Corgi will lose their puppy teeth and their adult teeth will push through, and they will also gain weight and height as they head towards their first year of life.
A Corgi can weigh nine and thirteen pounds at three months. The Corgi will weigh seventeen to twenty-four pounds at six months. Finally, the Corgi will weigh twenty-two to thirty pounds at one year of life.
Females will usually weigh less on that scale, while males will naturally weigh more.
During this time, from birth to one year, the Corgi will have growth spurts like human children do, and they will eat more and put on weight and height.
By the time they are between one year and fifteen months, most Corgi will have reached their adult height and weight.
Females will reach this sooner than males, but this is just a guide. Females are usually smaller and males slightly bigger, but not all dogs of any breed are created equal.
Regardless of what stage of their puppy life a Corgi is at, feeding them a healthy, adequate diet and providing a healthy lifestyle with plenty of sleep, playtime, socialization, and love is all they need to grow up healthy and strong.
Should I be concerned if my Corgi doesn’t fit in line with the American Kennel Clubs guideline?
No, if your Corgi doesn’t fit in line with the American Kennel Clubs guideline for this breed, you don’t necessarily need to be concerned.
If you take your Corgi to their veterinarian when needed, feed them a healthy diet, and provide a comfortable life that meets all their needs, they should be healthy and strong for many years to come.
If, however, they show signs that something might be wrong, like displaying stressful behaviors of excessive licking, biting, or barking, or they seem unwell in other ways, a trip to their veterinarian is necessary.
Size alone doesn’t point to a health issue unless the size difference between your dogs’ weight or height and the American Kennel Clubs guideline is drastic.
For instance, if your full-grown male Corgi weighs fifteen pounds, there may be a problem, but it may not point to a health problem.
In this situation, it is best to visit their veterinarian to ensure that they are being fed good quality food that is aiding in their overall health.
They will be evaluated, and this issue will be discussed with you at this time, but it may not point to a health issue, but perhaps a lifestyle issue that is easily fixed.
If your Corgi is eating enough and the quality of food is good, but they are excessively under or overweight, there could be other issues in their home environment that are causing stress or ill health that is easily fixed.
Again, a trip to their veterinarian can bring peace of mind to the pet parent and help resolve any issues.
The American Kennel Club guideline is just that, a guide for dogs that will be shown in the show ring. Not all dogs of every breed fit into this guideline, and in fact, most don’t when it comes to appearance, size, behavior, and other qualities.
Quality breeders offer the best chance for your dog to fall in line with the American Kennel Clubs guidelines, but if your dog doesn’t fit in, that doesn’t always mean something is wrong with their health.
Corgis are small dogs with lots to offer a family who loves them. While they are not the biggest dog in the bunch, those qualities make them larger than life in many areas, like being fun and great for families.
Size shouldn’t be the most important factor in life, whether you are talking about a Corgi or a bag of popcorn.
Quality and good health are the most important factors that must be considered when choosing a dog, and no number on a scale can show that!