Although not the most popular of dog breeds, corgis are definitely seeing an increase in their popularity and have been for the last year or two with both demand and curiosity for the breed steadily increasing. As you may expect, as the corgi breed becomes more popular with dog owners, we see more and more people asking more and more questions about the breeds trying to get the best information possible to take care of their new pet. Over the last year or so, we have definitely noticed a steady increase in the number of people reaching out with questions about corgis but one that has been steadily increasing over the last month or so is based around the question “Do corgis shed?”.
Due to seeing a sudden increase in the people reaching out and asking questions based around their corgi’s shedding, we have decided to make this the main subject for today’s article to try and help as many people as possible. We know that some of our readers already own corgis and that some of them may be potentially considering a corgi as a potential new addition to their family. Due to allergies and a few other reasons, being able to keep your pet corgis shedding under control is crucial and we have some times to help you out throughout the article.
Now, before we go any further, yes, your corgi will shed and not only that but it will shed a lot, year-round due to the breed having a very thick coat that is double layered. In addition to being year-round shedders, the majority of corgis will also have a seasonal spike in their shedding between the summer and spring months for around twelve to sixteen weeks. During this period, your corgis shedding can increase drastically but fear not, there are a number of things that you are able to try to help keep your corgis shedding under control and prevent any allergy flareups or too much-discarded fur being left around your home.
Dealing With Your Corgis Shedding
In our opinion, the absolute easiest way to deal with your corgis shedding is to simple groom your dog on a regular basis with a brush that is suitable for such a thick coat. Although this may seem like a large amount of work, it is surprising the different two or three brushing sessions a week can make that are around five to ten minutes each. This becomes even more effective during the summer and spring months when your corgis seasonal shedding is more likely to kick in and the discarded fur can spike.
Due to the temperament of the breed, the vast majority of corgis really enjoy being brushed and groomed and will happily just sit there and let you do it at will without issue. This is one of the advantages of the breed over some of the other dogs out there that require regular brushing but tend to not enjoy being brushed and will make the task as difficult as possible. That said though, some corgis may not enjoy the brushing process or may have off days every now and then but thankfully, there is a quick and easy trick that you can use to your advantage.
In our opinion, the easiest way to get your corgi to stay relatively still long enough for you to groom them for five to ten minutes to keep their shedding under control is to utilize a Kong dog toy and put some treat paste inside of the toy to keep your corgi occupied. Although this may sound basic, you simply put the Kong toy in the corner of a room and then essentially block your corgi in with your legs so it is able to play with the toy and try to get the paste while being in a confined space allowing you to brush it as required.
Our recommended treat paste is very sticky and delicious so it will easily hold your corgis attention long enough for you to brush it without your dog even realizing that you are grooming it at times. Our recommended treat paste also has a large number of third-party reviews online that you can read too as it can be used for a large number of tasks with your dog. Out of all of the methods we have seen people use to brush their dogs, we feel that this is definitely the easiest one and allows you to get the job done quickly and easily while your dog tends to enjoy it too.
We know that there are some de-shedding doggy shampoos on the market that have that have managed to build up excellent reputations amongst the community for themselves over the years. Although these can definitely be effective, their usefulness will depend on your corgis attitude to bath time and in our opinion, simply brushing your corgi on a regular basis is still the best option but some people do brush their dog two or three times a week while bathing them once a week with a de-shedding shampoo.
Getting Your Corgi A Hair Cut
Due to the nature of the coat on a corgi, some corgi owners may choose to regularly take their dog to a professional dog groomer to have their coat cut and styled to keep it neat and tidy. Although this is a popular option and many corgi owners do this, having your corgis coat professionally clipped will not help to prevent shedding in any way. We know that a number of dog owners seem to think that their pets shed due to their coat being too long or their dog being too hot but this is not the case. Outside of a few medical conditions, all dogs shed due to a natural hormone in their blood that will cause them to shed no matter the length of their coat or their temperature.
In fact, depending on the situation, cutting your corgis hair can potentially end up making the spread of the shedded fur worse as the corgis coat is usually thick and dense enough to catch large amounts of the shedded fur provided it is left to grow long. If you reduce the length of the coat then this makes it harder for the coat to hold the shedded fur and allow you to remove it all at once with grooming as we covered above. If you do have allergies to dogs then this can end up causing flare ups so cutting your dogs fur short can actually work against you.
On the flipside of this though, if you live in an area where it is very warm then keeping your corgis coat as short as possible to allow your dog to cool down easily is common. The natural double coat on a corgi can keep your dog very warm due to it having been designed for a corgi to live in the wet and cold conditions of Pembrokeshire in Wales but with global travel being so quick and cheap, corgis have made their way all around the world to warmer climates.
This is where there is a trade-off between keeping your corgi cool and comfortable and keeping house shed to a minimum to avoid triggering your allergies. Again though, brushing your corgi’s coat two or three times per week even if it does have a shorter coat from a dog groomer then you can usually keep the shed under control and avoid any serious allergy flare-ups.
Try Restricting The Time Your Dog Is Outdoors
Now, we want to start by saying that this method is definitely controversial and that there are only a small number of studies to back it up to date but the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has published studies suggesting that restricting the amount of time that your dog is outdoors can help reduce its shedding. As we said though, there are only a handful of studies to actually back this up and even then, many of the reports we see online saying that this has worked for them are not done in a strict manor and correlation is definatley not causation.
That said though, depending on your own situation, this may be something that you are able to try to see if it can help you. The general advice is not to keep your dog inside constantly and to still take it out for its regular walks and let it play in your yard or garden as possible but consider letting your corgi sleep indoors rather than outdoors in a kennel. Again, we only included this in our article as it is getting more and more chatter on social media and the AAHA is backing it up so we just wanted to make sure that our readers are aware of the theory.
Why Do Corgis Shed
As we touched on earlier in the article, it is totally normal for your corgi to shed year-round although it can have some seasonal spikes in the spring and summer months. This is due to your corgi having a hormone in its blood that tells it to shed its coat and there is little to nothing that we are able to do to try and prevent it. As we mentioned above, corgis do not shed due to being too warm or having their coat too long, it is simply down to the shedding hormone being detected in their blood the vast majority of the time.
On a side note, there are some health conditions and parasites that can cause hair loss or shedding in dogs but the vast majority of shedding is totally natural. If you feel that your dog is acting differently, scratching its coat more than usual or a little lethargic then it may be shedding due to a health issue. If your dog does not return to its normal routine and behavior within twenty-four hours we would highly recommend that you seek advice from your local veterinarian to double-check if the shedding may be due to one of these issues instead.
Will My Corgi Stop Shedding
As the majority of corgis do tend to have a seasonal spike around spring and summer, some people post online saying that their corgi has stopped shedding when in fact, it has not, it has simply returned to its regular year-round shedding pattern that can be much lower than its seasonal spike shedding. We just wanted to specifically point this out as the last thing that we want is for one of our readers to add a corgi to their family thinking that it will stop shedding for most of the year and then have allergy flareups due to their new dog shedding year-round.
We really wish that the moderation teams on these online forums would do a better job of pointing this out when people make these claims as this can result in a family having to put their new corgi into a rescue home and there are unfortunately already large numbers of dogs in these rescue homes increasing the burden. So just to be clear, your corgi will not stop shedding, the levels of shed discarded can change depending on the time of year but there will always be some shedding and this is totally natural and to be expected.