Corgi aggression.

Are Corgis Aggressive? The Long-Standing Stereotype

So, you’ve been wondering if corgis really are aggressive.

This comes from people who are interested in buying a corgi, but can’t get over the thought that the corgi can be aggressive and bite, bark, or have a temper.

This post aims to explain the reason behind why they’re so often perceived as temperamental dogs.

Are corgis really aggressive?

A playful corgi.
Are you calling this thing aggressive?

For the most part, corgis are playful and friendly dogs.

But they do have a protective nature by instinct and will bark and be aggressive towards strangers (or other dogs) when they feel a threat is present.

Their primary job is to herd, and even though they’re a small breed, they’ve developed a bark much bigger than their body.

They’ll boldly face a person, dog, or animal many times bigger than themselves and possible even nip at their heels to get them to move.

Corgis will do the same to small children or even adults.

This is their instinct, so you shouldn’t get mad at your dog because it’s taking a nip at your foot. The behavior can be trained and corrected.

Corgis are definitely on the more aggressive side compared to other mellow breeds.

Why are corgis so aggressive?

A corgi standing up.
Corgis can be aggressive, but it’s often mistaken aggression.

Corgis have a generally playful and bossy temperament. When they’re bossy, this is generally when people start to think that corgis are aggressive.

They’re stubborn dogs and like to think for themselves and do what they think is right. Most herding dogs have the same traits.

You can’t generalize for this all corgis. There will be some that are super chill and just laid back.

And there will be some that just forward the “aggressive” stereotype. There is no “one size fits all.” That’d be like trying to say all humans are aggressive. It just doesn’t apply to everyone.

The same goes for these dogs.

Corgis can be playful, cheerful, and extremely goofy. Some more than others.

But they can be aggressive when they want things to go their way. Again, they’re herding dogs. They like to think for themselves.

Combine that with stubbornness, nipping, and barking. Then you’ll have a dog that many will consider to be aggressive. This is in their nature.

You can always train a corgi to be less aggressive as they’re adaptable dogs and will respond to training.

Are corgis friendly?

Corgi on beach.
Corgis are stubborn, yet friendly dogs.

Yes, corgis are generally very friendly. The more the owner socializes the dog at a young age, the more friendly the dog will be.

Of course, this varies on the specific dog as they’re all unique.

Depending on how the corgi was raised, they can have a very friendly and happy spirit or a very aggressive and mean temperament. A lot goes into determining something like.

For example, if an owner never walks their corgi and always leaves it alone, the dog can become very destructive and aggressive.

No mental stimulation can also make the dog unhappy and maybe even psychologically ill. Corgis needs physical and mental exercise daily to keep them active and healthy.

Sure, they can be a couch potato. But their natural genes are screaming to get some exercise and mental activity going on.

Both cardigan welsh and pembroke corgis have similar aggressiveness levels. There’s no major difference between the two.

Do corgis bite?

Corgis tend to nip at heels more than bite. Just like any other dog, they can bite.

But how often is the question.

They’re generally peaceful and fun-loving dogs that are protective of their owners. If a stranger or other animals (such as a dog or cat) comes by that the corgi perceives as a threat, they may bite.

They’re not as aggressive in terms of biting everything that moves. They’re more on the nippier side just to exercise their herding mentality.

How do corgis respond to other dogs?

Female corgi on beach.
Corgis are generally very happy and playful dogs.

This depends on how they were raised.

A corgi that had no exposure to other dogs may be fearful, aggressive, or cautious of other dogs that are unfamiliar.

They can challenge dogs that are much bigger than themselves as they’re bold little things.

The key is to practice socialization for your corgi when they’re young. Exposure them to everything (safely, of course) after they get their puppy shots.

This will lead them to a much more relaxed approach towards unfamiliar dogs later down.

What about cats?

Corgis and cats can actually be a dynamic duo once they’re familiar with each other.

They’ll play and interact with each other assuming all goes well.

Cats like to be chased. And corgis love to chase.

So they’ll likely drive you nuts before you even start to worry about their temperament towards cats. If the corgi was socialized properly and raised around cats as it was growing up, the corig will have a much better disposition towards cats later on.

However, adult corgis will be pretty awkward meeting a cat for the first time.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to teach them how to live with a cat. There will likely be some degree of aggressiveness from the corgi and cat at first.

So you need to introducement them carefully and cautiously.

Are corgis good family dogs?

Corgi as a family dog.
Corgis are better suited for adults than children.

Corgis are often confused over whether or not they’re good with children and families because of their aggressiveness. It really depends on the corgi’s personality and how it was raised.

Some corgis will be more aggressive and others won’t.

Most people will agree with the philosophy that because these are herding dogs who tend to bark and nip, they’re not good with children.

This is true for the most part, unless the corgi was raised and trained people.

Corgis are stubborn and do have a bossy personality and think on their own.

Thus, when kids try to play with them or run around, the corgi will chase and try to herd them together.

Corgis may also get annoyed with kids and ignore them entirely. Nipping, barking, and the stubbornness don’t make corgis a good combo with children.

Again, this varies depending on the training and the specific corgi. There is no exact and definite answer. That’s like asking “are kids good pet sitters?”

Well, it depends on the kid.

How were they “trained” to pet sit? How are their personalities? Are they patient and dutiful? Or flustered and impatient? There is no exact answer.

The general rule is that corgis are better for families with no kids. The aggressiveness of their natural herding instices may make them unsuitable for children.

Can corgis be left alone?

Corgis are social dogs and don’t like being left alone.

This will lead to separation anxiety and following could be destructive behavior.

Corgis that are always left by themselves will also lead to aggression and behavioral problems later down the line.

They should never be left alone for extended periods of time. If you can’t have someone present at all times, consider getting another breed or getting a pet sitter.

Why do corgis nip?

Corgi puppies.

When family members are all in different rooms, corgis may get anxious or start barking.

This is because they’re a herding breed (once again) and like everyone to be together as a “flock.”

They may start nipping at heels just to move people together. This behavior can be corrected at an early age, though not always entirely.

For those who have a bigger home, you may have to deal with a corgi that’s always working overtime just to bring y’all together!

Corgis may also be a lifesaver for families that are distant as he’ll try his best to bring the family closer together- literally.

Do corgis bark a lot?

Corgis are known to be very vocal dogs, which means they do bark a lot.

They’re very attentive dogs and you can see them in deep thought a lot of times (or maybe they’re just thinking about their next meal).

Because of this, they’re very aware of their surroundings.

You can limit the barking if you train them well when they’re young.

This will help them control their barking when they’re adults. It’s difficult to completely stop them from barking entirely as these are vocal dogs. But you can limit them by training them.

Sometimes they just get too excited and bark at the fact that you’re coming home. Or maybe a stranger approaching. Or possibly a home burglar!

You never know when a corgi’s bark may actually be a good thing. The trick is to control when it’s unnecessary.

Corgis respond well to training from an early age and obedience training should be informed.

With lots of patience and persistent training early on, they can become very sweet and mannered dogs. The whole aggressiveness stereotype is just a bad combination of their herding nature.

This is usually heel nipping, barking, and probably a poorly-trained dog.

Don’t let this stereotype steer you away from them.

Can you stop a corgi from being aggressive?

Are corgis aggressive?
Corgis can be well-mannered just like any other dog.

Corgis respond well to training because they’re highly attentive and very smart dogs.

If you’ve been training the corgi correctly as a puppy, you probably never have to deal with aggressiveness. Other than the occasional barking and nipping, of course.

For untrained corgis, that’s where people will see aggressiveness. Untrained and unsocialized corgis may be very aggressive. This plays true, especially if they’re also suffering from no exercise and separation anxiety.

But this is the case with most dogs. What can you expect?

As long as the corgi is raised well, exposed to sights and sounds, and properly exercised, the aggressiveness is minimal.

Remember: People usually think they’re an aggressive breed because they bark, bite, and are stubborn.

The barking and biting can be curbed by training. Once those are controlled, the corgi’s overall aggressive nature is next-to-nothing.

The stubbornness and “mind of its own” thing can’t really be fixed since that’s their nature. But if you train your corgi well, the whole aggressiveness mentality will vanish and be minimized realty.

So there is nothing to fear here. Pair that with some daily exercises plenty of love and you’ll have one of the world’s nicest corgis (via BuzzFeedVideo):

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