Corgi Breed “Vulnerable” in the UK, the Opposite in the US

12 February 2015 ~ 2 Comments

When I think of Corgis, many things come to mind. Besides their cute butts and smiles, what I think of is that Corgis come from Wales, which is part of the United Kingdom. But if you’re under the impression that you’ll see a bunch of Corgis on the street during your trip to the UK, you’re wrong.

Just recently, the British Kennel Club have released a statement that the Corgi breed is dying out in the United Kingdom. It looks like less than 300 Corgis were registered in the UK in 2014. The same club also estimates that there are less than 5000 Corgis left in the UK, and their numbers are diminishing each year.

Queen Elizabeth II, who has owned more than 30 Corgis during her life, has declared that she won’t be adding more Corgis to her pack. This is not because she stopped loving Corgis, but because they are a tripping hazard for an 88-year old.

Queen and Corgis

In the United States, however, Corgis are more popular than ever. Our beloved breed has reached and stayed at the 24th most popular spot in the US over the past decade. The American Kennel Club has reported that over 5000 Corgis were registered in the US in 2013. This is without taking into account mixed breeds or Corgis that were not registered with the AKC.

It looks like Corgis aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. For me, this is sort of bittersweet. More Corgis means that we will be seeing more cute pics of fluffy butts and smiley faces, but it also means that more Corgis will end up abandoned in shelters or on the streets.

So, in closing, I’d like to remember everyone that having a dog is a big responsibility. Dogs should not be given or bought as surprise presents. Buying or adopting a dog should be a family decision and all the aspects of owning a dog should be discussed and taken into consideration.

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2 Responses to “Corgi Breed “Vulnerable” in the UK, the Opposite in the US”

  1. Lydia 13 February 2015 at 11:55 am Permalink

    I had no idea how few are in the UK. We have a 8 year old Corgi and just love him to death. He is so entertaining and so loving. He makes us smile everyday. I do understand the tripping problem, I have had it happen to me, and I am in my 60’s, but if given the chance again I would have a Corgi, I just can’t help myself, their eye, their smiles, their love, their cute little butts who could not love them.

  2. Steve Laferney 24 February 2017 at 2:30 pm Permalink

    It really is too bad so many people in the UK feel “it’s the Queen’s dog” so They choose something else. A well trained dog of any breed should move out of your way. Haha, I should talk; Stephanie wouldn’t budge except for food. We’ll do a better job next time as age has crept up. Keep enjoying those wonderful “little dogs” the Corgis. Proof once again that God has a sense of humor and so do they. Keep Corgiin’ On.

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