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Male vs Female Corgi’s: What Are The Differences

Nicole Cosgrove

The corgi is a popular small breed of dog that has a long, thick body accompanied by short legs and large point ears. This is a cattle herding dog breed that originated in Wales. There are two mains breeds to this dog, the Pembroke Welsh, and Cardigan Welsh corgi. These two breeds descend from the ling of northern spitz dogs. This is an active and intelligent dog breed that is both adorable and eager to please.

This article will explain the most common visual and temperament characteristics that differentiate a male from a female corgi to ensure that you can make an informed decision on the gender that is right for you.divider-dog

Visual Differences

Image Credit: Left (Male Corgi) Svetlbel, Pixabay; Right ( Female Corgi ); MolnarSzabolcsErdely, Pixabay

At a Glance

Male Corgi’s
  • Average height (adult): 10-12 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 27-30 pounds
Female Corgi’s
  • Average height (adult): 10-12 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 25-28 pounds

Corgi 101

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Image Credit: RikiEnot, Shutterstock

The corgi is an affectionate and social dog breed that is easy to train. They come in a wide range of markings and colors. The corgi is a family-orientated dog breed that gets along great with children and other pets. They learn quickly and even though they have short legs, the corgi adapts well to canine sports such as agility, herding, obedience, and rally. Corgis enjoy being outdoors and have a lot of energy to play and explore their surroundings.

Corgis are a low-maintenance dog breed that can easily thrive in apartments and houses with smaller yards. They have a medium-length double coat that requires brushing and other forms of grooming once a week. Alongside a healthy, balanced diet, the corgi can live between 10 to 15 years of age. The Cardigan Corgi is a powerful and hard worker with more speed and grace than the Welsh corgi. Welsh corgis are the smaller of the two breeds, but both reach the same average height.

This is a dwarf breed of dog which means that they have heavy, long-set bodies held up by seemingly short legs. The ears are upright, and the eyes are bright with fascination.divider-dog

Male Corgi Overview

Personality / Character

Male corgis are active and social with a lot of energy stored in their small bodies. The male corgi is known to bark more excessively than females, even at the silliest things. They have the mindset to protect their families and show exceptional loyalty. Their admirable personality is commonly described as being bold and eager, and male corgis seem to love going for walks or hikes with their owners.


The male corgi is just as easy to train as females. They seem to have a higher tolerance to being trained and can easily adapt to an energetic lifestyle. Male corgis are taller and slimmer than females which makes them faster, agile, and more energy conservative in comparison to female corgis.

They can be trained to do many different tasks and tricks. Corgis are exceptionally receptive to following and obeying commands. You can teach your corgi how to sit and play fetch, yet they can also learn more advanced forms of training such as obedience.

Health & Care

Male corgis have a greater chance of becoming obese in old age or if their diet is too high in carbohydrates. Corgis should be fed a diet high in protein to fuel their high energy requirements. They should also have adequate amino acids and other minerals to maintain good coat health and overall physical mobility.

This dog breed is susceptible to developing intervertebral disc disease and canine hip dysplasia (CHD). Both of these health problems require veterinarian treatment to keep your corgi free from pain and discomfort during the condition’s progression.

The male corgi typically has a longer coat than the female, so extra care should go into their grooming routine which will include brushing, trimming, nail clipping, and washes at a vet or doggy parlor.


The male corgi will generally seek out a willing female to breed with. The best age to breed a male corgi is when they reach maturity at 2 years of age.

However, it is not recommended to breed your corgis and adoption is a much better option. Male corgis rarely get any health problems from breeding, unlike the female who is most at risk during this time.

  • Energetic and loyal
  • Easy to train
  • Susceptible to canine hip dysplasia
  • Bark more excessively than females


Female Corgi Overview

Personality / Character

Female corgis are viewed as calmer and more affectionate than males. The female corgi is typically independent, yet eager to spend time cuddling and sleeping on its owner’s lap. They have a more maternal instinct which makes female corgis get along better with children or young puppies. The female corgi typically barks less than male corgis, but they are equally as eager to please and protect their family.


Female corgis will generally enjoy resting more often than males, but they can become energetic during play or training time. Female corgis can be taught the same types of tricks as males; however, they may be slower to comply. The female corgi can learn how to sit, stay, follow, and even be taught how to walk calmly next to their owner.

Female corgis are also viewed as nanny dogs due to their protective and loyal nature over children. This allows them to be easily taught how to interact and behave around children, but it is not a substitute for teaching your children how to behave around any dog.

Health & Care

Mammary and ovarian cancer is quite common in unspayed female corgis. This makes it essential to their health to be spayed at the right age. Not only does this prevent pregnancies, but it also lowers the risk of hormonal cancers.

The female corgi has similar dietary requirements to the male corgi, however, since they are less likely to suffer from obesity, their diet can be altered slightly to accommodate their energy levels. Female corgis should have their coat brushed and trimmed when it becomes overbearing and tangled and washes along with nail clippings are essential.


It is not recommended to breed your female corgi. This increases the risk of birth complications and pairing between a healthy female and male corgi is better left to the experts. It is not uncommon for a female corgi to die or get injured during the birth process, especially if there is no veterinary intervention. This also puts the puppies at risk as the average breeder does not have the financials to get each parent genetically tested beforehand.

  • More relaxed dietary requirements
  • Better with children and puppies
  • Vulnerable to ovarian and hormonal cancer
  • Breeding can be dangerous


Which Gender is Right For You?

If you prefer a corgi that is more paternal, better with children and puppies, has less strict dietary requirements, and is smaller in size, then the female corgi is probably a good option for you.

The male corgi is better suited for an owner that does not mind the high energy levels and excessive barking seen in males. You may also prefer to loyalty and protectiveness the male corgi has to offer, or perhaps you want a corgi that is easy to train and keep up with you on a walk.

Overall, personal preference comes into play when choosing the right gender for you. Even though certain physical and temperament characteristics can be distinguished between the two genders, it does not mean that every corgi will turn out that way. Especially since other factors will determine the final temperament of your corgi.

Featured Image Credit: (Male) Amanda Herrera, Pixabay; (Female) ElfinFox, Pixabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.