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Corgi Lifespan: How Long Do Corgis Live?

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Corgis are an absolutely adorable dog. They are known for being very playful, outgoing and even protective of the breed. This is what continues to make them such a popular pet dog breed.

Corgis are also instantly recognizable by their distinctive build. Their long bodies and short legs make them difficult to mistake for other dog breeds. Being such a popular breed, you may be interested in bringing it home as part of your family. In that case, you might be wondering how long does a corgi live and how long does the breed live?

In this article, we discuss the average lifespan of a corgi and how to extend the life of your pet corgi!

How long can a corgi live?

Corgi standing on the grass and sticking out its tongue
Corgis can live up to 15 years.

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Corgis have an average lifespan of 12-15 years. Corgis have an exceptionally long lifespan, especially compared to the average lifespan for a purebred dog of eleven. Another factor at play is that smaller dog breeds also live longer than larger breeds. It has also been noticed that female corgis generally live a year or two longer than male corgis.

There are two breeds of Welsh Corgis: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The average lifespan of the two breeds is actually comparable. Cardigans have an average lifespan of 12 years and 2 months, while Pembrokes have an average lifespan of 12 years and 3 months.

Many corgis eventually die of cancer or kidney failure. This is why it is absolutely necessary to take good care of your corgi.

So now that we've revealed the Corgi's lifespan, what does a Corgi's life cycle look like? How do they grow from puppies to adults? Let's find out!

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Average Lifespan of a Corgi

Wondering how a newborn corgi turns into the cute dog we all know? Let's explore the life cycle of a corgi and how they develop.

newborn puppies

Corgis are considered newborns from birth until about 4 weeks old. Like all other dog breeds, corgi puppies are born blind, deaf, and unable to regulate their body temperature. That's why they depend so much on their mothers. For the first month of their lives, their mothers will take care of them and keep them warm. After 2 weeks, the corgi will begin to open its eyes and begin to move around.


After a month, the corgi is no longer considered a newborn. They are puppies from 1 month to about 6 months. Moms will be less willing to care for them at this time, as their teeth will start to bite her. At this age, corgi puppies can be cared for without the help of their mother. At about 2 months of age, corgis will begin to interact more with their environment. This is also when corgis want to start socializing! At this age, they are playful, energetic, and interested in learning about everything around them.

young people

Old and young Pembroke welsh corgis on a walk
Corgis become young adults when they turn one year old.

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Once Corgis reach a year old, they are fully grown. However, even if they mature physically, that doesn't mean they will mature behaviorally. This is also the age when training is most important. Male corgis may start riding female corgis. Or you may find that your male corgi suddenly becomes more aggressive and territorial. Female corgis, on the other hand, may begin to urinate frequently around the house in an effort to attract potential mates. Since corgis are still growing and learning at this age, it's important to reinforce good behavior and allow them to explore!

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At 4 years old, your Corgi will be at its largest size. At this point, your corgi will no longer grow. Adult corgis are more difficult to train because their behavior can become fixed. At this age, taking care of the corgi's health and giving them enough exercise is the most important thing.

How to Extend the Life of a Corgi

As mentioned earlier, Corgis actually have a pretty long lifespan compared to other dog breeds. If you happen to own a corgi or would like to keep one as a pet, you can rest assured that the average corgi is a very healthy dog. However, they are vulnerable to certain health conditions that can negatively impact their quality of life. If you're interested in keeping your corgi as healthy and happy as possible, then we have some tips for you.

Here are some of the most important things you can do to help extend the life of your corgi:

  • Moderate exercise. As a herding breed, Corgis love to move around and have something to do. Because of their smaller size and longer back, they gain weight easily. This extra weight gain can eventually cause them back pain and back problems. Make sure your corgi walks every day, between 30 minutes and an hour, to keep them in shape.
  • Keep them mentally stimulated. Corgis love having tasks to do. They are very intelligent and used to herding animals. Provide your corgi with plenty of mental stimulation before they become bored and restless. Games, dog training, and playing and socializing with other dogs are great ways to keep them entertained!
  • Provide them with a healthy diet. A corgi's diet can have a major impact on their health and weight. When feeding them a healthy diet, it is important to keep certain things in mind. The majority (approximately 50% to 75%) of a Corgi's diet should be meat protein. The rest should be 15% to 18% fat and 25% carbohydrates.
  • Take grooming seriously. Another way to extend your Corgi's lifespan is by taking care of their fur. Corgis have a medium-density double coat, making sure to brush at least once a day will help remove dead hair. Making sure their hair is cut short during the hot summer months is a great way to ensure they stay cool.
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