Everyone loves corgis and their cute little legs — that”s a proven fact. They”re undeniably adorable, and are notorious for being staples in the U.K. royal family…but what do we actually know about these squishy little guys, other than that they have cute ears and waddle when they walk? Here are 12 facts to give you a little more insight into the breed and its past…
1. The word corgi comes from combining two Welsh words…
Cor meaning dwarf, and ci meaning dog.
2. Corgis were traditionally herding dogs…
Nipping at the heels of cattle and sheep to keep them moving.
3. Welsh corgis have been around for nearly 1,000 years…
Yep, they”re Viking dogs.
4. The queen”s corgi, Susan, joined her owner when she went on her honeymoon.
5. Susan later made a name for herself by biting the royal clockwinder.
6. There are two types of corgi: the cardigan and the Pembroke.
Cardigans are herders with rough outer coats, rounded ears, and bushy tails, while Pembrokes are a little bit smaller, with pointy ears. They”re also tailless.
7. In Welsh folklore, these little pups are said to be the noble steeds of woodland fairies…
It was said that their markings were left from the saddles the fairies used to sit upon.
8. Pembroke corgis are known to be bold, friendly, affectionate, alert, and smart!
9. According to psychology professor Stanley Coren, corgis are the 11th smartest dog breed.
10. The queen”s two remaining corgis are named Holly and Willow…
They were both born in 2003, making them 84 in dog years!
11. Pembroke Welsh corgis will usually live for about 12-15 years.
Cardigans typically live 12-14 years.
12. Queen Elizabeth has never sold any of her pups, but she”s given lots of them away as gifts.
13. There”s a yearly event called SoCal Corgi Beach Day, or Corgchella, and it”s definitely something you want to know about.
14. Corgis are actually related to Siberian huskies — they”re both part of the Spitz dog family.
Bonus: corgi babies are the cutest (but you already knew that one).
(source Vanity Fair)
There you have it, all you ever wanted to know and more about your favorite breed of fur baby. Whether or not you could have loved them any more before you knew that woodland fairies once rode their backs…we”ll never know.
More corgi action straight ahead: