Do you adore your Corgi and know that your life would be twice as good if you could bring a second Corgi home!
Having two or more Corgis could be wonderfully exciting, but there are many factors to consider when thinking about getting your Corgi a friend or companion.
Your Corgi could greatly benefit from having another dog in the house. Dogs are pack animals and are genetically drawn to be together. It is important to fully train your current Corgi first and choose the sex and breed of your additional pet carefully.
If your Corgi is not well behaved and you are wanting to get him or her a companion because you think that will help them be less bored or destructive, think again! I’ll explain why that might just add to your problem instead of helping it. We’ll also learn about what the best companion for your Corgi might be and how to introduce them to each other successfully.
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How to Tell if My Corgi is Lonely
You may be wanting to get a friend for your Corgi if you think they are feeling lonely and need some companionship. Here are some clues that might indicate your dog is lonely.
- Your Corgi follows you around the house everywhere
- Your Corgi howls or cries when you leave
- Your Corgi is less interested in playing and sleeps more than usual
- Your Corgi licks their fur so much that they start to lose their hair
- Your Corgi is destructive and getting into trouble
Why you Should Get another Dog for Your Corgi
Corgis thrive on attention and socialization. They love nothing more than to play and be part of a pack! Getting another dog for your Corgi to play with and grow up with can be a great idea for many reasons. Having a playmate can help your Corgi from getting bored, and can take some of the pressure off of you to constantly entertain.
Having more than one Corgi can be a lot of fun for you. I can picture the extra loves and snuggles I would get from having multiple little fur balls running around my house. Animals are so fun to watch and their antics are always entertaining. Just think about how many hours you can spend on YouTube watching cute Corgi videos.
If your Corgi has separation anxiety and gets very lonely when you leave him alone getting him a companion to keep him company could be a great comfort and help to him.
Corgis aren’t a large breed so they do eat less when compared to larger dogs like Australian Shepherd or the rest of their doggy counterparts that adding another one really won’t be too much of an additional cost, although you do need to think about the cost of vet visits and possible grooming or training that you will need to invest in.
Why You Shouldn’t Get Another Dog for Your Corgi
If you are thinking of getting a friend for your Corgi because your Corgi is bored and getting into a lot of trouble, think again! You shouldn’t get your Corgi a companion dog if your Corgi is already not well behaved.
Finding that tipped-over garbage can with chewed-up tissue, or food and treats hidden all over the house isn’t fun for any pet parent, but it will be double trouble if you add another puppy to the mix. You may think that he’s bored and his antics of getting into the garbage can or constantly barking at the neighbors indicate he needs a playmate, but that’s not necessarily true.
Making sure to well train your Corgi now will make it a lot easier for you if you do add another pet down the line. Not only will your pet be better able to handle the new transition, but he will also be better equipped to help you train a new dog the right ways to do things.
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If you aren’t prepared to deal with the financial cost of another dog then you shouldn’t get one just for the sake of your Corgi to have a friend. Vet visits, vaccinations, flea treatments, grooming, treats, and toys can all add up. You don’t want to feel like you need to get a second job to pay for a second pet, that kind of just defeats the purpose.
Do Corgis Get Along With Other Dogs
This is a tricky one. If your Corgi is very well socialized and has had a lot of practice around other dogs it’s likely that they will do well with another breed. The personality and temperament of both dogs are big factors. If your current Corgi is laid back and does generally well around other dogs then adding a second Corgi to your home shouldn’t be a problem.
If your Corgi is possessive has a lot of anxiety or is not very well socialized it may not be a good idea to get another dog as a companion for your furry friend until you have been able to address all of these problems first.
You will still need to work on training and give the dogs a chance to get to know each other on neutral territory, but chances are they will mingle well and end up as best friends.
Something that you can do to test your Corgi’s sociable nature would be to take them to a place that has a lot of other dogs and very closely monitor and observe how they react to other dogs. A good place to try this out could be Pet Smart, or perhaps a dog park. If they are inquisitive and want to be social and get to know other dogs without being aggressive at all that is a great sign that you can proceed to try and find them a companion.
Insider Tip: When I asked other Corgi owners which breed of dogs got along best with their Corgis there was a wide range of answers, from Dachshunds to German Shephards, the thing that mattered most was that their Corgi was sociable and not possessive or aggressive.
Do Corgis Get Along with Each Other
For the most part, Corgis get along very well with each other and can really benefit from one another’s company. Corgis have a pack mentality and are happy to rule the roost with each other, but beware, if you do get multiple Corgis you need to make sure that you are giving equal attention to them all so that jealousy doesn’t start to play a role in how they treat each other (Check out my article, Why Your Corgi is Jealous and What to Do?).
Training will be essential when having multiple Corgis and it could be a little tricky to train your new puppy with your senior Corgi around watching you give all the attention to the newest member of your family.
What Else You Should Consider With Multiple Corgis.
You should avoid getting littermates as it’s likely you could have to deal with littermate syndrome in the future. I don’t know about you, but I get enough arguing with my kids, I don’t need fighting puppies to go with it!
You also need to consider the age of your Corgi, if you have a very senior Corgi then they might not have the energy or desire to keep up with a new puppy. Yet some studies show that having a senior dog and getting a puppy can be good for your older dog. It can keep them more fit and active. The puppy may also accept the older dog as the Alpha as well.
What about just getting 2 puppies at the same time? Double the cuteness right! Well, that may work out ok in the long run, but if you haven’t had experience with taking care of and training a puppy I would suggest you start with one. Having one puppy is a lot of work! Two puppies to care for and train at the same time is downright exhausting!
So when is the best time to introduce another puppy to your household? Most behaviorists recommend waiting at least a year before adding a playmate. A new puppy will mirror the behavior of your already established Corgi, the good and the bad. So if you have at least a year to do some significant training that will give your Corgi a good strong foundation of training and socialization they’ll be ready to help your train the new recruit, which in the long run will make adding another one less work for you.
With Corgis like most other dogs, opposites attract! If you have a male Corgi then you should try to get a female, if you have a female then a male could be a good match. There is usually less competition for alpha status between the sexes than if they were the same gender. Of course, remember that you’ll end up with a litter of puppies if one of your Corgis isn’t fixed.