Berkshire Live has joined forces with our brand new sister site, TeamDogs, and the fabulous Pooch & Mutt food for dogs company, to find out which dog breed really is the nation’s favourite.
Here, Lynne Creech champions Corgis and explains exactly why they are the best breed.
If you agree – or disagree – we’ll give you the chance to vote in the search to find the UK’s favourite dog breed.
Head over to teamdogs.co.uk to find out who is at the top of the league table. Remember the rankings will keep changing so do cast your vote.
A ‘big dog with short legs’ is how best to describe this adorable companion.
A ‘foxy’ head in shape and appearance with an alert intelligent expression.
This little dog was formerly a cattle dog. They used to help about the farm, driving the farm animals on their way. They are capable of walking miles with you or just pootling around the house and garden after they have had their daily exercise. Relishing the outdoor life, I would say a dog for all ages and abilities.
Whether working or playing, their tails never stop wagging, they are happy to oblige you, but their herding/control instinct can sometimes take over.
In the early months of their lives, they are known to nip your heels, this is something that is deeply embedded in their psyche so you must be mindful about being ‘top dog’. Training is therefore quite important. Quick to learn their boundaries with a treat or two, these great dogs excel in agility and obedience as well as looking beautiful in the show ring or just being your loving pet.
Corgis come in four colours: Red, Sable, Fawn with or without white markings and tricolour. They are around 25-30cm in height and should weigh around 10-12kg.
Corgis are fairly low maintenance, so make a great family pet. They eat well and are not fussy with their food, but you do need to watch their weight. They moult twice a year, but a regular groom keeps that dense coat under control. Their life span is around 12-15 years, and they are a healthy breed of dog. One of the long-backed breeds of dog, care must be taken in their early years of development. Lots of steps, your stairs, jumping into the back of your car are best avoided. Their greatest asset are their pricked medium sized ears that are like satellite dishes, they certainly let you know if there is anyone around this of course comes from their guarding instinct.
They are so eager to please and enthusiastic about life but are happiest of all by being around you. You never tire of seeing them running around trying to help you, scurrying away with your trowel, carrying off the tea towel that you dropped on the floor or playing havoc with the floor cloth. That little smiling face is such a pleasure to experience when you meet them – an absolute treasure.
Take a look at the TeamDogs leaderboard and cast your vote. If your favourite isn’t there, just email us at email@example.com with 200 words telling us how brilliant the breed is and why it deserves to win and we’ll add it to the competition