New dog owners tend to forget that shedding could be an issue that they have to face. This is a huge mistake to make. What about Corgis though? Do Corgis shed?
Yes, they do. In fact, they shed a lot. This is due to them having a double coat. You will have to groom their coats regularly.
Corgis are a very loving breed of dog, but they are not hypoallergenic. It is not advised to own a Corgi if you have allergies, even mild ones.
Even though shedding can be a pain, it is easily dealt with. In this article, we will be helping you out with some tips and info that can help you with the excessive shedding that you will face when owning a Corgi.
Do Corgis Shed A Lot?
Both breeds of Corgi (Pembroke Welsh and Cardigan Welsh) shed a lot.
They tend to shed their coat all year round, but they shed a lot more in the wintertime. Like with most dogs, their coats get thicker in winter to keep them extra warm in the cold weather.
Because they shed a lot, you will need to learn how to properly groom them. If you don’t, then their fur will end up being matted and they won’t look as fantastic as Corgis usually do. You will also end up with fur all-around your house (and nobody wants that do they.). To ensure you have a more hygienic, clean home, you will need to learn how to manage their coat.
As Corgis have lots of hair on their underside, you will need to shave it once in a while. If you don’t, then feces may end up getting stuck in it and trust me, it is a pain to get out. They will also start to smell bad and may end up spreading it through your home.
What Causes Corgi Shedding?
Corgis shed for a few reasons. I have already named a few of the reasons above. But there are a few reasons why Corgis shed more than most breeds of dog.
The Corgis Double Coat
Chances are, your Corgi will have a double coat. This is where they have a top coat and an undercoat.
This is because Corgis used to be a herding breed of dog. They needed their thick coats to tackle the harsh cold weather. They were bred to have two coats to help them in the cold.
Due to them having some extra fur, they would naturally shed more. More fur, more shedding. Their double coat is the main reason why they shed so much compared to other breeds. Some other breeds also have a double coat such as the Alaskan Husky and Bernese Mountain Dog. If your dog has a double coat, they are going to shed lots of fur.
Change of Seasons
Like most dogs, their coat adapts to season changes. Their undercoat will help them stay nice and warm in winter. It does this by growing faster in winter and thus becoming thicker.
When the seasons change and it starts to get warmer (usually around springtime), they will no longer need their thick undercoat. To help them cool down, they will shed their undercoat and grow out their topcoat.
After the warm weather has started to go away and winter creeps up, they will shed their top coat and grow out their undercoat again.
They will usually shed these coats twice per year. Their topcoat in spring, and their undercoat in fall.
Malnutrition & Stress
If you don’t feed your Corgi properly, problems will arise. You will need to feed your Corgi some high-quality food for them to stay healthy. A healthy dog means a healthy coat. If their coat is in poor health, they will shed a lot more than usual.
Not only will they have a poor quality coat, but they may also even start to become unwell.
They can also shed more due to stress and anxiety. If they tend to be shedding more in summer or winter, your Corgi may be feeling stressed.
Dealing with Corgis Shedding
Here are some of the ways that you can deal with all of that excess hair:
Feed Them High-Quality Food
A nice glossy coat can be achieved with a proper diet. By buying them some high-quality dog food, you can help maintain their coat and skin, and make them look fabulous. To ensure that they are receiving the nutrition they need, you may want to take a look at some premium dog food that is high in protein and omega 3.
If you find food that they like, and it provides the necessary nutrition, then there is no need to change their food now and again. It may also be a good idea to buy them some training treats for extra nutrition.
Invest in a decent metal comb to brush them. As long as you brush them a few times per week, you should be able to limit the amount of hair they leave around the house.
Just make sure that you pay close attention to areas such as their ears, as these places are prone to tangling.
No matter how much you look after their coat and try and keep on top of things, they are going to be shedding hair around the house. I highly recommend that you invest in a good vacuum such as the Dyson Cyclone which makes things a lot easier when it comes to picking up dog hair.
Bathing your Corgi will sometimes be necessary. Like when they are covered in mud from their walks. Bathing them when they are shedding their coats can speed things up a little and get a lot of loose fur off them. Just be sure that you invest in some dog shampoo, as if you use a shampoo that is meant for humans, it can cause skin problems.
Once you have bathed them, just give them a quick-drying off with a towel, or if it’s nice outside, take them for a walk and they will be dry in no time.
Are Corgis Hypoallergenic?
A lot of people (myself included) have allergies around some dogs. That is why it is usually advised that you buy a dog that is hypoallergenic. Are Corgis hypoallergenic? No.
They shed a lot of fur that can set off some people’s allergies. It may be wise to try and interact with a few Corgis at your local shelter (if they have them) or breeder, to see if you are allergic to them. Some people are fine with them, despite having dog allergies.
When it comes to dog allergies, not all people are the same. For instance, I myself am allergic to dogs, however, Corgis don’t set off my allergies.