Corgis are ‘the new cats’ of Internet culture
October 7th, 2011
10:28 AM ET

Corgis are ‘the new cats’ of Internet culture

Maybe you saw them playing tether ball. Or jumping into a lake. Or getting in some exercise on the treadmill. Having breakfast. Escaping from deadly factories. Waging war against the ThunderCats.

Millions have.

That’s because Welsh corgis have taken the Internet by storm, and according to artist Caldwell Tanner, they’re the perfect vehicle for online communication.

“In a very silly way I was trying to make a statement about it,” Tanner said about this small dog that has made its way into the zeitgeist. Tanner is a full-time illustrator at CollegeHumor.com and off-hour corgi enthusiast.

At work, because of the nature of CollegeHumor’s content, Tanner said he’s faced with a daily onslaught of videos, Internet media and culture. Being exposed to so many images and ideas now associated with corgis, Tanner had a realization.

“Cats are kind of the prototypical Internet animal, and now it's corgis,” he said, referencing lolcats and advice animals Internet memes. “They're like the new cats, the more sincere version of cats.” So in his spare time, he came up with a simple corgi idea.

“The first one I did was 'Hard Corg.' It was just a really simple line drawing,” which he tweeted for the benefit of his close friends. (“Twitter is built for puns and having pun-offs with your friends,” he said.)

Tanner thought his corgi pun was pretty funny but was well aware that the Internet is a big place. For ideas to survive in Internet culture, people need to spread them through tweets, e-mails and links on social sites like Tumblr, BuzzFeed or reddit.

“Hard Corg” was so popular, Tanner started selling T-shirts of his design. His next step was to up the nerd ante and go pop culture. Or, rather, "Pop Corgture."

A larger mashup pictured corgis in nerdy costumes, bearing names like “Thorgi,” a corgi dressed as comic book hero Thor, and “The Dogtor,” a nod to British actor Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor from the long-running sci-fi series “Doctor Who.”

"Pop Corgture" showed up on a number of sites, including ihasahotdog.com on the Cheezburger network. Ihasahotdog.com has had a dedicated Welsh corgi channel for years. Since 2007, the corgi has been the second-most-popular breed searched on the site, behind only the pug. This year's most popular corgi entry, according to ihasahotdog, is this video showing how a corgi has figured out how to give back massages.

“Corgis definitely have their place in the Loldog space,” said Don Caldwell, editor for Cheezburger property “Know Your Meme.”

“I think that a lot of it has to do with the fact that there’s been a lot of viral videos. In terms of reaching outside of the normal corgi owner subculture, these viral videos feature corgis that are ridiculously cute,” he said.

As a chronicler of Internet culture, Caldwell cites “Dog Fort” as an influential corgi meme. “Red Lobster is the leader of Dog Fort, the most significant member of the dog crew,” he said of the Welsh corgi who appears in the Dog Fort memes dressed in a lobster costume.

Red Lobster’s most noticeable feature, besides the bright red lobster suit, is a compelling, distant stare. It’s perfect for communicating many different ideas within a clever or funny caption.

That expression is something corgi owners – many of whom are active members of Internet culture – believe sets the dog apart from other breeds.

“I don’t know if it’s real, but I know my dog’s expressions definitely lead me to believe he understands more than we might think,” said Crystal Whittenton, a community manager in Raleigh, North Carolina, who's a corgi owner and founder of the Corgilove community on LiveJournal.

The 9-year-old community boasts more than 800 users. Other online corgi communities include CorgiAid, The Daily Corgi, Obsessive Corgi Disorder and other, humor-based forums.

(Many corgi owners are quick to point out that there are two types of Welsh corgis: the Cardigan, which has a tail, and the Pembroke, which does not. Genetically, they are entirely different dogs, but they do look similar.)

Welsh corgi owners often describe their dogs as intelligent, and the American Kennel Club breed standard describes them as “Outlook bold, but kindly. Expression intelligent and interested. Never shy nor vicious.”

“I, myself, used to use, for my Know Your Meme avatar, the image of a corgi wearing glasses,” Caldwell said. “And he looks like a very intellectual corgi.”

Thanks to those thoughtful glances and a popular anime called “Cowboy Bebop,” corgi owners have been known to name their dogs Einstein or Ein.

“Ein [a corgi character from 'Cowboy Bebop'] is a former lab animal who is super-intelligent,” Whittenton said. “It’s definitely the most popular corgi name.”

But while these dogs may be clever – they were originally bred to herd cattle – they’re also very, very cute.

“They are at once short and silly-looking with big happy grins,” Whittenton said, “but also stately and handsome and, of course, regal, as the Queen well knows.” Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has been a lifelong fan and owner of Pembroke Welsh corgis. She owns five corgis, as well as four “Dorgis,” a mix of Dachshund and Pembroke Welsh corgi.

It’s clear that many other people think they’re adorable, and that’s what has given Tanner’s corgi culture mashups legs. "I don't know if (the trend) has stubby corgi legs or if it has longer ones. I hope it doesn't go anywhere," he said.

“Especially when you’ve got a template like this silly-looking dog, adding a pun to that is just kind of like cute overload,” he said.

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  1. Amanda

    A job
    A car
    And
    A Corg
    =
    All you need in life.

    ...toothbrushes also highly recommended.

    July 19, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
  2. dogs collar leather

    You can certainly see your enthusiasm within the paintings you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

    August 28, 2012 at 7:12 am |
  3. Cacong Hitam

    Fantastic post!!! I will be sure to return for updates. :)

    June 13, 2012 at 4:20 am |
  4. Molly

    I am the proud owner of a Corgi, an undocked Pembroke whom I named Ein (very original I know). He kind of fell into my lap as a dog that was supposed to be my friends and I ended up getting. He is a fabulous dog and is in training to be my service dog. He does have some quirks though that some people would find annoying, nipping at heels for one. Though Corgis are wonderful dogs (wont have any other breed now) they may not work for some families. Always do your research before buying or adopting a certain breed.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  5. DCarson

    Check out "Steve the Corgi" on Youtube. My daughter got Steve about 2 years ago and he has been so much fun. We walk the beach every morning for 2 hours. This seems to be his limit and what he needs to satisfy his energy level. He loves to swim and dig and chase a ball, then crashes for the rest of the day. A corgi would not be my first choice in dogs, but Steve has been so much fun since joining our family.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  6. The Fifth

    We had corgis before they were cool... Its a wonderful breed, but I hope people don't start buying them without being prepared to handle the breed, sort of like the popularity spike in dalmatians after 101 Dalmatians came out, which ended up with a lot of puppy mills abusing the breed and many being euthanized.

    October 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  7. Leo H.

    Man, articles like this are going to cause all sorts of problems. Just say NO to corgi popularity!! The thought of a corgi in a typical dog owner's home is depressing as the majority of people won't be able to be the owners their corgis deserve.
    Especially if you live in areas with herding opportunities, you owe it to your dog to do what the breed was meant to do.

    I like different breeds, but I'll never have one as corgis are the dog breed for me.

    October 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • Denise T

      I rescue corgis. They are great dogs but not for everyone. Please spay and neuter.

      October 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
    • Fiona

      I saw a corgi attack an 80 lb. pit bull, starting a scuffle among four large dogs and the nasty little corgi. The pit bull was the only injured party. The corgi's owner was a clueless flake.

      I agree...leave the intense herding breeds to those who know how to handle them.

      Heeler owner here.

      October 9, 2011 at 2:12 am |
    • Fiona

      ...btw, "the more sincere form of cats" is a perfect analogy.

      October 9, 2011 at 2:16 am |
    • KC

      Hi Leo,
      The most we ever used to hear about Corgis is that the Queen of England has them and hers are all biters!

      October 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
      • Don

        There are actually 2 different breeds of Corgis. Those like the Queen of England have are Pembroke Corgis, these do not have a tail. The other Corgi is the Cardigan Corgi, the ones like we own. These have a tail and are a different dog than the Pembroke though they do share breeds they are bred from to some degree. The Cardigan Corgis from what I have observed are less inclined to bite and seem to have a calmer disposition. But as with all herders, if there is running near them they wish to control it and have it cease, they see running as a herd out of control and have a natural disposition to control same.

        October 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Sara

      My is such a sweetheart. She just had her noecsd birthday. When she was a puppy, she used to do the same thing that your dog does. She would lay on my head or she would stretch herself out to rest on me, and put my face in her neck. What the dog is trying to do is actually a game of control. When they put their head or neck on top of yours, they're saying "I'm on top. I'm the alpha! I really love you and I'll protect you, but I'm still above you." However, she's stopped that now that she's older. She comes up to me and flops over onto her back for a tummy rub. She likes to lay with me on the couch with her head on my shoulder, not my head! She waits for me to go through a door first and she tries to share her rawhides chews with me. And yes, she LOVES to give kisses. That's normal Corgi behavior they're silly little goofballs as puppies References : Personal Life and Guide To

      April 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  8. Ann-Marie

    I belong to an online group of corgi owners. We are a silly as our dogs. We roleplay our corgis. Crazy? Maybe, but a more loyal group of friends you will never find. Many of us have met in the real world. When one of us needs help, we are there. One woman lost her home to a house fire (corgis were safe). We sent gift cards, homemade gifts anything we could to help her out. When my husband died, one woman drove four hours to attend his funeral.
    We would do just about anything for each other, and our corgis.

    October 8, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • ocmist

      You are so right! The Corgi Nation on Facebook is over 1000 strong and they are so helpful and loving to others! We have 6 corgis/corgi mixes, and our first corgi was a rescue that we had over 12 years before cancer took him. So many have written on here about researching a breed you are interested in, and I agree. Corgis are so intelligent they WILL run you if you aren't strong enough, but if you are a good corgi owner, there will never be another breed for you, once you've had one!

      October 9, 2011 at 3:04 am |
  9. gloria

    Several years ago I found a lost corgi wandering the streets at midnight. I took her home, posted a found ad and happily, no one claimed her. I kept her and was fortunate to have her until she was about 15yrs. old! She was one of the best dogs I ever had. Corgis are great!!

    October 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  10. James

    I rescued a Corgi on Halloween 2010 and he's ruined me as to every other breed of dog. I grew up with dogs in the household as part of the family, but they were typically Brittanies. However, after just a year with Woodrow I know that I'll probably have corgis for life.

    Now if you'll excuse me, Woodrow seems to think the Roomba is taking over his kitchen.

    October 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  11. Cherie

    We bought our first corgi last year....Bilbo Baggins is his name. We also have three cats. Bilbo Baggins likes the cats just fine, particularly the old partially blind one...he looks after her! Anyways, after this little fluff butt, I would never own any other breed, but a Pembroke Welsh Corgi....so smart, so sweet and loves people.

    October 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  12. @SmartCorgi

    I've owned cats and Corgi - both are smart and good protectors with loads of personality. Corgi will never replace cats but I think they are right up there on the cuteness scale especially the puppies. I concur with other posters – Please, please, please do not run out and get a Corgi just because they are exponentially cute. They SHED, they BITE, and they DESTROY. Corgi shed continuously and blow coat (clumps of fur that come out by the handful) twice a year. We have two Roomba vacuums going every day to keep up with the fur bunnies. One poster said Corgi don't bite but this is not true. Their instinct is to nip in order to herd cattle. It is not a ferocious bite like a pit bull or rottweiller can inflict, but the nips can draw blood especially with sharp puppy teeth. My first Corgi was trained from a puppy not to nip, so now he does the nose nudge instead, but my second Corgi (a full grown rescue) had not been trained properly and would constantly bite running children and other dogs no matter how much re-training I did with her. Corgi are also high energy dogs and if that energy is not channeled properly through training and exercise, they will get bored. A bored Corgi is a destructive Corgi. I have chewed up shoes and sunglasses and furniture with gnaw marks that will attest to this. On days when they get exercise and play time, they are angels. But slack off a day or two and you can kiss your Birkenstocks or Manolo Blahniks good-bye. Corgi can be yappy. My original Corgi never barked other than a low huffing woof to warn of strangers approaching or a Rooooo to show his happiness - that is until I got the untrained rescue Corgi and she taught him to bark. We had to use an ultrasonic no bark device to stop this bad habit. As my twitter name indicates, Corgi in general are very smart and they will try to make themselves the alpha if you do not keep the control. But there are exceptions to every rule. Some Corgi are dumb as posts like my female rescue. She was show dog quality (littermates were shown at Westminster I was told) but she could not be trained. When you looked in her eyes, it was like la-la-la-la. My male Corgi from a pet store (yeah I know now - puppy mills are evil), you can look in his eyes and see him trying to work calculus problems. If he had opposable thumbs, he could rule the world. I fully support the outlawing of puppy mills, but I also think show breeding should be outlawed as well. Show dogs are bred from a small genetic pool for good looks so you get dumb dogs with hip dysplasia and bad temperaments. What they did to German shepherds is criminal with that sloping hind end. U.S. police and military have to go to Germany to buy smart dogs with good hips. OK off my soap box, but one more thing if you decide to get a Corgi anyway. TRAIN YOUR PUPPY! This is true for any dog but especially important for Corgi. Not just the pet store puppy housetraining class. Do at least one advanced obedience training class. A smart Corgi is very trainable and will do just about anything for ear skritches or a treat. Oh, and don't overfeed a Corgi. They love their kibble and will eat until they explode. Found this out the hard way. The carpet will never be the same.

    October 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  13. Laurie

    p.s. Live Journal's community may have 800 users, but The Daily Corgi's facebook page has nearly 7,000, and Corgi Addict's tumblr has 26,000!

    Corgis WILL RULE THE EARTH. It's simply a matter of time.

    The Daily Corgi

    http://facebook.com/thedailycorgi

    http://thedailycorgi.com

    October 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • Crystal Whittenton

      LiveJournal is a bit of a different format than The Daily Corgi or Tumbler. Many of the people on LJ have been on there together for years. We hold contests and mail out prizes, share stories, photos, and the pain of loss. There are probably 20 dogs on there that I feel like are part of my family. It's just a more personal format- It wouldn't do well with 7000 because it's not a blog that asks for "followers"- it's a collaborative blog where all users post their own stories. Just pointing that out!

      October 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  14. marshall

    This is one of the dumbest articles I've ever seen on this website. For one thing the media didn't even pick up on cats being popular on the internet until a good 10 years after the fact. Now they're doing the same thing with corgis. Old news, you clowns. News so old that it suffers from rheumatism.

    October 8, 2011 at 2:48 am |
    • PPP

      Marshall ... you "appear" to be the brightest person to ever read a post ... HOWEVER, it's possible you don't like people any more than animals ... especially Corgi's ... so if you cannot say anything nice, don't say anything.

      October 10, 2011 at 12:39 am |
  15. corgi owner

    I own a pembroke welsh corgi. cute and smart but annoying. mine does nip and is vicious towards other dogs.

    October 8, 2011 at 2:27 am |
    • corgiacres

      Did you socialize him/her with other dogs? Most dogs would be aggressive to other dogs if they are never exposed to other dogs..

      October 8, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Leo H.

      They nip because that's part of their herding instinct. As for attacking other dogs, they can be socialized to accept other dogs, or at least stay in control. In the end, as with any dog worth having, YOU have to be smarter than the dog you own.
      Do your research before buying any breed, and as for the anti-AKC pro mutt crowd, that's fine, but research is just as important in choosing your mutt. What a dog appears as is most likely how they're going to act, so knowing the different breed personalities will help you make a smart mutt choice as well.

      October 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  16. Lydia

    I fell in love with the Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed after seeing the series Cowboy Bebop. I'm not one to adopt a dog just because it's cute, however, so I researched the breed thoroughly before deciding it was for me, and golly, am I glad I did! My little corgi Boomerang has been with me for about 4 1/2 years now and he's just the best dog I've ever had. Besides being impossibly cute while doing ordinary things, he's smart, devoted, and generally well-behaved. Like others before me have said, corgis aren't for everyone. They have a lot of energy, both physical and mental, and a bored corgi is a problem corgi. In addition, they are definitely heavy shedders, so if you get a corgi, prepare to spend a couple nights a week sweeping/vacuuming up the drifts of hair, especially in the spring and fall! lol If you like a dog that's intelligent, focused on you, and ready to go whenever you are, on the other hand, corgis are tough to beat!

    October 8, 2011 at 1:39 am |
    • Greg

      A couple times a week, more like a couple times a day , cant believe my vacuum cleaner still works lol

      October 8, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  17. Bella

    Instead of arguing over the topic, I would like to correct a fact in the article. You can't accurately distinguish between Cardigan or Pembroke Corgis by the 'Cardigans have tails, Pembrokes don't mantra. Pembroke can in fact have tails, most are docked shortly after birth. Some breeders and owners are choosing not to dock and in some countries docking is banned, so if you see a Corgi with a tail it may be a Pembroke or a Cardigan. Other ways to tell them apart include body size, ear size and shape and length/weight.

    October 8, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • annaz

      Nothing is cuter than the butt of a docked-tail corgi.

      October 8, 2011 at 1:24 am |
      • Gopal

        Sorry Dot, but Sundays are very bad for breeding Corgis, maybe even worse than Tuesdays. The best day is ALWAYS, eheitr June 31st, or the 5th Monday in February, but only when immediately following a Jewish Holiday. However, since this very special has papers, you can also add the first snowy Friday in AugustReferences :

        April 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • mc

      the two breeds are nothing alike

      October 8, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Laurie

      Excellent points, Bella. They really are two different breeds, though they're both Corgis.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
    • Amy G.

      Not true, a lot of Pemmies are naturally tail-less due to selective breeding

      October 10, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  18. Corgi

    Corgis are amazing! I love my little girl so much. She loves small children and doesn't nip, but she does nudge with her snout. Has anyone checked out foxytreats.com? Their spokes dog is a real life corgi! My Lilly loves Foxy Treats!

    October 8, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • Foxy's Mom

      Thanks so much for the shout out! :-)
      Yay Corgi Power! Baroo!

      October 8, 2011 at 12:15 am |
  19. AKB

    A corgi first became a part of my family in 1972 when I was 12. I have had two in my 24 year marraige. The first lived to 15, our baby girl Kami is now 8. Corgi's are the brightest, most personable dogs I have ever had. They can be the lone companion, great with kids and famiies. Yes you have to watch the herding instincts, and kids must learn they don't want to be picked up. In a previous message they were called big dogs in little dog bodies, I call them people in little dog bodies.

    October 7, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  20. BRod

    No. Just no.

    October 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  21. Harlan B.

    What an absurd notion. Cats' presence on the internet is older than Youtube. It's older than this very website. It's older than even 4chan. Cats ARE the internet. Their status is interwoven into the culture and community of the internet, and to think that it could ever be challenged is laughable at best, indicative of early-onset Alzheimer's at worst. Corgis are alright, but they cannot and will not ever challenge cats' place in the internet.

    October 7, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • Dave

      Best. Post. Ever.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:40 am |
    • Mad Cow

      Cats rule, dogs drool.

      October 8, 2011 at 2:47 am |
  22. Charlene

    I have never had a dog, but 4 years ago, we adopted a 3 month old corgi. He is truly the love of our lives! He is so sweet, cuddly, fun, wonderful dog anyone could ever have. He is a lot of work at times, but, when we come home and he runs and hugs us, nothing beats that. Our Corgi truly is a blessed gift to us!

    October 7, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  23. Beth Boyle

    I have had Corgis since 1986. While they are the very best fit for me I think they are too smart for allot of people. The average family should stick with a Lab. Corgis require allot of interaction to be happy and few people will devote enough time to one so they should avoid jumping on the Corgi bandwagon.

    October 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  24. Nate

    Got a corgi, He's the perfect apt dog, not to big, not to small, and he's rarely every barks, and if he does its a woof. He sure tested my patience early on, but i couldn't ask for a better dog. Not a single once of mean is this guy. He gets along with everything. He gets complemented everywhere he goes because people just think he is adoreable.

    October 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  25. S. Gates

    We know that Corgis are the best dogs ever! However, no dog (or cat, for that matter) should be purchased because of a fad. Do you homework before purchasing any pet and remember they are a decade plus commitment. Check out the Daily Corgi and FlyingCorgiMedia.com for a responsible Corgi fix.

    October 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  26. NotParis

    Seriously, this is the worst thing that could have happened to the breed, Now everyone will want one and when those people realize that their dog is smarter than them, they will put it in a shelter. Corgi rescue will never be able to keep up!! PLEASE, do not buy a corgi because they are cute. Research them, they are intelligent, feisty, demanding, naughty, loving and VERY active. Know what you are getting into, it is not easy!

    October 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • john

      Right-O! Corgis have been a niche kind of dog, rarely placing or showing in public events. Only their owners knew how smart and adorable they were. The national exposure is what is ruining chihuahuas and goldens. I have been blessed to have two rescue Corgis come my way.

      October 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Beth Boyle

      You are so so right!

      October 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • corgiacres

      Great post.. totally agree. Some genetic problems can arise–mainly hips! Even when you think you have found the perfect breeder!

      October 8, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  27. Herbie

    I have a Corgi. She's awesome and I love her a lot. The end.

    http://sugarhut.tumblr.com/

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Herbie-of-Wales/192687874105455

    October 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
    • Dyah

      Our just rolls on his back when you reach down to pet him. If you quit petting him he'll grip your hand with his mouth and pull it back twroads him until you pet him again. All dogs are different. Corgis are very affectionate, and sometimes they show affection in various ways depends on their personality.References :

      April 8, 2012 at 9:04 am |
  28. Laurie

    There is no such thing as dogs are better than cats. I used to think so, 'til I started living with a roommate's cat. All I needed was six months with that cat to realize how great they are! Dogs AND cats rule (though we'll let the cats believe they do, because that keeps 'em happy).

    October 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  29. Corgi Mom

    Love my corgi but PLEASE know what you are getting into when you get one. They are a herding breed so they have a really strong drive to chase and nip. They can be very bossy (again – bred to run a farm) and they shed all-year round so they require frequent grooming. They should not be left alone with a small child – the squealing and running around can trigger that herding instinct and they will nip/bite. And they are VERY intelligent so they need to be kept busy or they get bored and can get into trouble. Seriously – I've had dogs all my life and she has really tested my training abilities. I say that she knows I'm queen of the household but she's ready to overthrow my government at any sign of weakness. :-) That being said – she is sweet, loyal, friendly and alot of fun. And yes – very cute.

    October 7, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
    • Laurie

      CorgiMom,

      Well said. I am developing a "What You Need To Know About Corgis" section of my blog (The Daily Corgi) so that people aren't blindsided by the cute into not doing their homework about the breed. They are everything you said ... they require a lot but give so much back. Still, folks have got to know what they're getting into. Too many Corgis (and other dogs) end up in shelters (or worse) because their families haven't done their homework.

      Corgi On!

      Laurie

      October 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • Justme

      Our family has two but they are as gentle as can be, they LOVE attention all to themselves though. Oh I could never be without one.

      October 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • Corgi Lover

      That's not true that they nip and bit. My corgi never does that. He's so loving

      October 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  30. Alan

    Burton or Burtie or Burt (for the Welshman Richard Burton obviously) was my companion for 11 years. We walked three times a day and I calculate equivalently walked across the US doing his business all the way. What a wonderful dog and what a personality. I don't know if I can have another dog after him–you can't replace someone so centered in your heart.

    October 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  31. Ashley

    I love my corgi! I will admit that he is named Ein after the Cowboy Bebop corgi. However, I rarely meet people who understand his name and have only heard of one other Ein corgi in my area so I'm not sure about the statement made in this article that says: “It’s definitely the most popular corgi name.”

    October 7, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Crystal Whittenton

      Hey, Ashley. That was my quote and I said it because I'm a member of my corgilove community, where we have 8 or 9 Eins. Also, I'm a member of mycorgi.com, the daily corgi, and several other sites, and I see more Eins than anything else. It seems to have replaced "Corky" in recent years. Out in the world, Ein might not be popular or well-known, but in the corgi community, it's popular and well-known. No worries though- it's a cute name and while popular among corgis, I doubt you'll run into a ton of them around town.

      October 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Amy G.

      Go to corgiaddict.com there are a lot of Corgis named Ein.

      October 10, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  32. Josef Bleaux

    Huh? Corgis are stupid looking dogs. Too low to the ground, they're like a Dachshund on steroids. Their coats are icky too. Don't know why anyone would get one of those goofy looking dogs.

    October 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • jemense

      You must look like a corgi

      October 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • ryan

      My grandma had one, and my uncle used to say it looked "like a brown watermelon with stubs". Honestly I like their Shepherd face though.

      October 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
    • john

      My Corgi is smarter than you.

      October 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  33. Dee

    I lost my 17 year old Corgi this year; what a wonderful, wonderful companion! I am in the process of getting another and as with any dog, you do need to research the breed. For me, a Corgi is the best dog going! Loved my animals, loved my children, was a great watch dog and I miss her every day!

    October 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  34. Liz

    I had a corgi back in the '60s when there were only a literal handful in this country and no one knew what they were. it's great to see them so popular now. they are literally the best dog in the world.

    October 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • undrgrndgirl

      my aunt bred corgis in the 60s and 70s; she and my grandmother had corgis when i was a kid...i have one now and am looking for another...dogs do better when there are two...

      October 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  35. Angela

    @giggsythecorgi that is right corgi power! Stubborn shedding balls of love

    October 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  36. Mark

    Our workplace is pet-friendly, and a few of my colleagues bring their corgis to work. They are some of the yappiest, most annoying creatures known to man. Just like every other micro-dog out there. A furry football that should be punted. They should be raised solely to serve as food for larger animals.

    October 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • carol

      you are an idiot! corgis are sweet and adorable and I love mine with all my heart.

      October 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • Snap

      not to be defending Corgi's or small dogs everywhere - yappers are the fault of the owners who do not know how to train for correct behaviors.

      October 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Josef Bleaux

      I totally agree. They're really stupid looking dogs too.

      October 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
      • john

        If you think Corgis are aggressive and bossy get in the ring with one of us owners.

        October 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • petey johnson

      Mark – I used to try to emulate people like Einstein and Voltare but after reading your post Mark is my hero!!!!

      October 7, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
      • petey johnson

        Petey, Mark and all the rest of you haters of corgis are just not very nice.

        October 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • Karen

      I agree 100%. My neighbours have two of them and they are so annoying. They bark (yap) constantly at anything and everything. All these posts claiming this breed is so smart...my neighbours sure got the dumb ones. Get a real dog...get a lab.

      October 8, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • Crystal Whittenton

      Corgis are not "micro" dogs, like yorkies and toy breeds. They are 25 lbs. and built like medium-sized dogs, just shorter. They have stout chests. I'm thinking you have your co-workers' dogs confused for corgis, because corgis don't "yap". The ones who are bark-y have deep, chesty barks. Our UPS delivery man once rang the bell, heard the barking, then when we answered, he looked at our corgi and said, "Where's the other one? The big one?" He thought we had a German Shepherd in the back room or something.

      I take my corgi to my office every day. He does not "yap" or even get in the way. If you train them carefully, you will have no issues. Mine sleeps under my desk or sits by my door most of the day, and then after his walk, he begs for the dog treats my coworkers keep in their desks for him.

      October 8, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • undrgrndgirl

      corgis are not microdogs...they are average size dogs with short legs. yes, they can be territorial and protective but they don't yap they BARK; what you are experiencing at work is poor training and dumb owners.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Green Eagle

      Mark,

      I think you should be raised as food for Corgis. Luckily, they will eat anything.

      May 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  37. Laurie

    Hey, thanks for the mention of my blog The Daily Corgi!! Much appreciated.

    Laurie Eno
    Founder & Editor
    The Daily Corgi

    October 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • LJH

      I love me some Daily Corgi! Great addition to the interwebs!!

      October 9, 2011 at 9:38 am |
  38. candace

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwYORvLjJ4o&w=640&h=390]

    October 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Gina

      LOL, that was too cute...I have 2, and they love the snow as well!

      October 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  39. Russ

    A Corgi is First Dog of California (Sutter Brown) and has his own Twitter account. LOL

    October 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • Crystal Whittenton

      Oh yeah, how could we forget Sutter Brown!?

      October 8, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  40. nate

    if the first you hear about an internet trend is on CNN, chances are its not a real trend. if it was a real trend, we would be sick of the inundation by the time cnn wrote the article.

    October 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Mark

      I totally agree. If this is a real trend, it's a lame one.

      October 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Leo H.

      I only hope your observation is true. Corgis don't deserve the insult to become a nationally popular breed, leave that to shih-tzus, lhasas and chihuahuas. Oh, and pitbulls.

      October 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Michael

      The answer to when – is when she has had all her breed haetlh checks, and when she has confirmed herself as an outstanding example of the breed, and when you have studied the genetics enough to know that her and your male are compatible and will not produce faults which can have detrimental haetlh affects, and also when you have enough homes waiting for your superb examples that you will be able to sell all the puppies.Oh and of course when you have enough money put aside in case any emergency arises.References :

      April 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  41. Leslie Sales

    We have always had at least two corgis at any one time in our family for over 30 years. We are seeing a lot more backyard corgi breeders and more showing up in pounds. People get them based on the cute factor then find out they shed a lot and can throw up (they don't do well with kibble). When people ask on the street where to get one I tell them check out their local animal shelter. And NEVER get one via the internet or from a backyard breeder.

    October 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • Navycorgi

      I think this comment is a little short sighted. If you do your research there is nothing wrong with going to a backyard breeder. I got my two girls, both Pems, from a breeder and couldnt be happier. Every potential dog owner should do their research and sometimes the pound is not always the best option( for me at our area pounds it was over 80% pitbull terrier of some sort).

      October 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
      • andrea

        Backyard breeder is saying for puppy mill types that are unprofessionally bred and not well taken care of.

        October 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
      • NotParis

        The difference between a backyard breeder and a real breeder is a real breeder would require you to fill out an application, you would need references, including a reference from a vet. They would interview you, interview your family. A real breeder require you to have your pet quality animal spayed or neutered. A real breeder would have your animal microchipped before you took it home, and a real breeder doesn't sell puppies when they are 6 weeks old!

        October 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  42. Corvus1

    Corgis can either be awesome little dogs or awful little dipsh**s, so caveat emptor.

    October 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • nff

      As can their owners! We often create our own beasties by how we train them. Corgis like to have a boss; if you aren't one, they'll take over ;).

      October 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Sue

    Corgis are fabulous dogs – but as others have said, don't just fall in love with how they look and run out and get one because they're cute. They are bred to be "working dogs" – herders, specifically – and if not trained, they CAN and WILL herd – anything – including your small children. They do so by chasing and biting at your child's ankles, just like they do when herding livestock in a field. The instinct is strong, and consistent training is required to curb the urge to herd – but you'll never eliminate it entirely. My Corgi attended a parade with us once, and though she had been trained not to herd, and hadn't tried in years, when she saw the horses walking by...well, let's just say it was good she was on a leash, because she REALLY wanted to herd those horses! LOL Also, this is a breed that requires a lot of grooming time, exercise, and above all, love – as any dog does. If you want one, learn about the breed first – visit someone who has Corgis – and think long and hard before just jumping into it. They are strong-willed, "big dogs in a little dog body" – but they will also change your life for the better.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  44. Natalie

    I had a Pembroke Welsh Corgi for 13 years. They are wonderful dogs, very good with children; very smart although a little stubborn.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  45. Dawn

    No.

    October 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  46. kissyfurstp

    Stupid. This article is one of the worst posted by CNN

    October 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Robert

      Agreed. Waste of an article.

      October 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
      • undrgrndgirl

        yet you chose to read and comment on it...

        October 8, 2011 at 11:59 am |
      • Mikel

        Just get a pet. If you go to a dog pound or rescue, most are full to the brim with unawnted dogs waiting to be taken. This proves that there are far too many dogs in this world for loving homes. I am a dog lover and my dog used to be a street dog in Sri Lanka, she survived the Tsunami. Until there are no dogs in kennels or pounds looking for homes, there will be no need to breed.DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE HOMELESS ANIMALS DIE.References :

        April 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  47. Logic

    Ahchoo!

    October 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  48. Catzilla: Lord of LoLCatz

    Pitiful. It seems that on a monthly basis some clown comes along and says that cats are done for. They then insert some stupid little thing that is supposedly already taken their place.

    Here's a headline for you mister, nobody gives a crap about your little dogs. Sure, maybe 11 nerds in some dark recess of the internet agree with you, but WE ARE LEGION. YOU CAN NOT DEFEAT US.

    October 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • labradorlover

      Dogs are fan-tastic – all breeds have their own special quirks and personalities. Kitties are cute, but ... dogs have much more to offer: stranger alert, time to wake up, food time, undying affection, etc. I have 4 dogs and 2 cats and love them all. My kitties are mostly concerned with having their basic needs met: food and a litter box. IF the female feels like it, she MIGHT bless me with her presence for a sort while (sitting in my lap) while the male is very independent indeed.

      October 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
      • Laura

        That's because your cats know you're more interested in the dogs. Cats return the interest you show them. All the cats I've ever owned have been great companions – follow me around, greet me when I come home, seek attention, show interest in my activities, etc. In fact, I have two watching me type this. Cats are as interested in you as you are in them. They don't take being ignored as well as dogs.

        October 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  49. Crystal

    Great article, Ann! It was a very enjoyable read!

    October 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  50. Lola

    NO WAI!!!!! TEH KITTEHS ALWAYS WILL RULEZ TEH INTERNETS!!!!!!

    U CAN HAZ YOUR GOGGIES, KITTEHS PWN THE INTERNETS!

    October 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Ann-Marie

      No! Lola! C*tz are ebil. We are not even allowed to spell that word on my Yahoo group. It is a swear.
      Faye, who fights with the power of the fluff (the best kind of corgi)

      October 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  51. joe

    Mine are the cutest.

    October 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • CP125

      Nah....mine are

      October 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • Watcher

        Nope, mine is.

        October 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  52. Jacomo1025

    Thank you, Lasrina, for pointing out the importance of doing one's homework before bringing a Corgi home. We have three Corgis and they are everything you described and more. We love our Pems but they shed like crazy, bark on a whim, and need lots of exercise. They are definitely not for beginners.

    October 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  53. Lasrina

    As with any dog, please do your research before adopting a corgi; they have strong personalities and need lots of exercise, and like many herding dogs, they can get nippy, especially with small children. But corgis as a breed are healthy, cute, active, independent, smart, adaptable, and easily trained (when they feel like it), and for many people, they are an all-around perfect pet.

    October 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Crystal

      Thank you, Lasrina! A great reminder! All of my corgis have come from shelters, where people have dumped them for offenses like "shedding too much" or "herding". You can know that your dog will/ may do these things before you get him. Boy corgis tend to be a bit more laid back, but if you're looking for a dog that doesn't shed or doesn't need your time and attention, corgis aren't for you. (Probably no dog is for you, in that case). Corgis are awesome and make life happier!

      October 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Watcher

      We have a corgi and I stopped using the treadmill! Fabulous dog and VERy friendly. What a lovely breed.

      October 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm |