All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
The Welsh Corgi originated in Wales, United Kingdom and is believed to be descended from Swedish Vallhund brought to Wales by the Vikings. Its name is derived from “Cor gi” which means “dwarf dog” in Welsh and is one of the oldest herding breeds. Since 1934, it is generally categorized as two distinct breeds namely, the Cardigan and the Pembroke. The Cardigan was named after its area of origin, Cardiganshire, Wales and is a bit larger with larger rounded ears and a fox-like brush while the Pembroke has rounded, pointed ears and a bit smaller. The Cardigan was developed from the Teckel or Dachshund, a similarly short-legged and elongated dog breed and originally came in brindle and red exclusively. When collies were added to the mix, tricolours and blue merle began to appear. The Cardigan was originally bred as a farm guardian but was later on given a job as cattle herder. It was first shown in England in 1919. Today, the Cardigan is still being used as an effective flock herder valued for its working and guarding abilities as well as its companionship.
Like other herding dogs that are bred to do specific tasks, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a tendency to develop its own pastime and can become destructive if not given a job to do. As a cattle dog, the Cardigan is very active and athletic that packs an enormous amount of stamina. It is a joyful and loving breed, never shy nor aggressive, but has a stubborn streak mainly due to its natural instinct to command its surroundings. A naturally alert character and its wariness of strangers make it a good watchdog. The breed is very affectionate and a very devoted companion and is generally good with children and other dogs.
Training should be firm, consistent, varied and with positive reinforcement as the Welsh Corgi is typically an intelligent breed which can get bored very easily with repetitive training.
The coat of the Cardigan is weather-proof and generally clean and odourless. Grooming is minimal and very straightforward; once a week brushing to remove loose or dead hair is sufficient. The breed sheds moderately twice a year.
The Welsh Corgi (both the Cardigan and the Pembroke) are among the healthiest and longest-lived dogs belonging to the Pastoral group. The Cardigan has an average lifespan between 12 to 14 years and tends to be more robust and hardier with fewer known inherited medical issues. Chief among them is canine hip dysplasia which can cause severe arthritis of the hips, degenerative myelopathy and progressive retinal atrophy which culminates into blindness. Because of its long stature, the Cardigan should be picked up in a proper manner to prevent from injuring the breed’s spinal cord.
Despite having a low stature, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi requires a moderate amount of exercise and must not be overfed or it could become obese and could fracture its relatively short legs or damage its very long back. This energetic breed requires a couple of good walks everyday to keep it physically and mentally fit.
It's strong herding instinct can sometimes manifest by nipping at people’s heels particularly with that of children.