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Is the Corgi Going Extinct?

A brief discussion discussing the fate of the corgi in the modern world.

Introduction

If you have any presence on social media at all, you’ve probably seen them. They’ve got those short and fluffy bodies, stubby paws, big gooey eyes, happily panting tongues, and smiling facial expressions. Yes, you know exactly what I’m talking about: the corgi dog has been around much longer than social media has, but the advents in technology have allowed them to shine in the dog-lover’s scene even more.

But what if I told you that these lovable pups may be in peril? According to an article by The Dodo, “The stubby breed, a companion of British Royalty since the 1930s, is at risk of disappearing – to hear the British Kennel Club say it, anyway.”

The Scoop

The article then goes on to say that in 2014, BBC Radio 14 recorded less than 300 registered pups.

While similar (dispelled) rumors have circulated the dog scene before, there’s a lot that could support the fear of extinct corgis. For one, according to Barkpost, “Coming in at just a foot tall, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the smallest of the herding breeds.” And by small, we mean small. According to the Dog Breed Info Center, Cardigan Welsh Corgis often average heights of 10-13 inches for both genders! While that may sound cutesy and adorable, the corgi’s small frame leaves it prone to health concerns such as intervertebral disc disease and canine hip dysplasia, as reported by Pet MD. Furthermore, if you’re getting your corgi from a questionable breeder, your pup may have eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy, retinal dysplasia, persistent pupillary membranes, and hypothyroidism, as reported by Vet Street. While it’s common knowledge that the smaller (or bigger) the dog, the more health problems are bound to occur, it seems we’ve ignored the norms when it came to our adoration for our favorite fluffy companion.

Health issues in dogs can be serious, even deadly…but deadly enough for the whole breed to go extinct?

FALSE!

Forget genetics- these puppers are way too popular to die off that easily.

In 2016, AKC  named the Pembroke Welsh Corgi the 18th most popular dog breed. Besides, take a look at Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or any social media network known to man. If you just glance at the millions of corgi videos, pictures, and vines, (not to mention those of the corgi mixes, which all look like corgi in costume!) anyone with half a brain would know that us gushy humans wouldn’t let these precious pooches get away from us that easily. So relax- our beloved corgis are here to stay, possibly forever.


Guarino, B. (2015, February 11). Are Corgis Really At Risk Of Extinction? Retrieved September 15, 2017, from https://www.thedodo.com/corgis-not-extinct-985346744.html

Cardigan Welsh Corgi. (n.d.). Retrieved September 15, 2017, from https://www.dogbreedinfo.com/cardigancorgi.htm

PetMD. (n.d.). Retrieved September 15, 2017, from http://www.petmd.com/dog/breeds/c_dg_pembroke_welsh_corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi. (n.d.). Retrieved September 15, 2017, from http://www.vetstreet.com/dogs/pembroke-welsh-corgi

Staff, A. (2017, March 20). Most Popular Dog Breeds – Full Ranking List. Retrieved September 15, 2017, from http://www.akc.org/content/news/articles/most-popular-dog-breeds-full-ranking-list/

Edited by : Karen Yung, Daryn Dever, and Shreya Singireddy