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Corgis Have Big Ears, Stubby Legs, And The Best Booties In The Dog World

Amy Pilkington 31 Jul 2020

In the world of internet slang, any dog can be a doggo, floof, pupper, or even a long boi depending on their appearance, but only the very special few get their own doggo lingo moniker.

Dachshunds are sosig bois, Shiba Inu are doge, and the bootylicious subject of this particular article are corgos.

If you have never heard of a corgi before or seen a pic of one shared online, how?

No, seriously, I need to learn your secret for the next time I'm avoiding spoilers for a TV show.

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The corgi is a breed of dog that was basically made for the internet. If you told me that a time traveling mad scientist went back and specifically created the breed to be the perfect meme, I'd believe you.

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Corgis come in two distinct breeds: the Pembroke Welsh corgi and the Cardigan Welsh corgi.

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Though they look very similar, the breeds descend from two distinctly different ancestors.

Cardigans have rounded ears, while the Pembroke's are pointed. It's also breed standard with the American Kennel Club that Pembroke puppies have their tails docked, while Cardigan's do not.

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "corgi" is Welsh for "dwarf dog."

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Which okay, sure, they have those stubby little legs, but if you have ever seen one in real life, then you know that they aren't actually small dogs.

Corgis can weight up to 30 pounds and are basically a barrel of dense muscle. They were bred for herding cattle and are surprising agile when stairs aren't involved.

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Their short stature allowed them to get up close to the cattle's legs with less risk of getting kicked.

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The Cardigans are the older breed, dating back to the Celts in 1200 BCE. It wasn't until 1107 CE that the Pembroke is thought to have appeared as a crossbreed of the Cardigans and a Flemish spitz-like breed.

For those wondering, Queen Elizabeth II prefers Pembrokes, though she now has a couple of adorable "dorgis," which resulted when her corgis bred with Princess Margaret's dachshund named Pipkin.

h/t: Mental Floss, American Kennel Club

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