Everybody Panic: Corgis Are On Their Way to Becoming Endangered

Little legs, big hearts, can't lose. Or they can lose, if they go extinct

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In today’s edition of worst possible news ever: corgis — the dogs popular among the entire Internet and, of course, Queen Elizabeth — could soon earn a place on the endangered breed list. The stubby-legged bundles of cuteness are now on Britain Kennel Club’s “at watch” list and are set to be classified as a “vulnerable native breed” by January, AFP reports.

The club said only 241 Pembroke Welsh Corgis were registered this year, and it seems unlikely that they’ll reach the 300 registrations needed to stay off the vulnerable breeds list. The club says this decline correlates with the rise in popularity of smaller foreign breeds, like French bulldogs. (Which, for the record, are really ridiculously cute too.)

The Daily Telegraph, however, blames the decline on a 2007 ban on tail-docking, the practice of cutting off part of the animal’s tail. The Telegraph reports that many breeders say they can’t achieve the desired corgi look without tail-docking, and so many have simply given up on the breed.

So, it’s probably a combination of factors — horrible, terrible, no-good factors — that are coming together to try to wipe out our precious corgis and deprive us of the most divine cuteness the world has ever known.

Of course, it’s the viral content factory BuzzFeed that will probably take this news the hardest, as the site’s business model can be summed up as “mo corgis mo money.”

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23 comments
LaurenMcAllister
LaurenMcAllister

Well there are lots of people breeding them in Ireland, just most of them are not registered. There were sooooo many corgis at a dog show when I went, also I plan on breeding them in the future for their working drive, I think a lot of the working qualities in them are dying out so I'd like to try and breed back 'working corgis'

AmyEMitchell
AmyEMitchell

My cardigan corgi has a tail and she is even more adorable because of it! Because I think chopping off a puppy's tail is mean and dog tails, not bums, are meant to wag, I sought out a corgi with a tail here in the US. They're hard to find! I met Neko at the local Humane Society animal shelter and I still have no idea where corgis with tails come from, since she was found lost as a stray. Maybe she swam all the way across the pond; she has enough energy for that! I work at a veterinary hospital that still performs tail docks, but not ear cropping, and I can tell you that some pretty tails have been lost in the name of breed standards. I commend any breeder (of any breed) who loves dogs enough to let them wag what they were born with.

JanetLeClainche
JanetLeClainche

Pembroke Corgis are #24 on the AKC registration list out of 175 breeds.  Not endangered here.

Obbop
Obbop

Perfect size for trot-line fishing. when trying for those 90-pound Mississippi River catfish.

cmurray
cmurray

I have a corgi (with AKC registered parents) and never registered her because 1) it costs money to do so and 2) I never planned to breed her so I never saw the use in it. I'd imagine most people with corgis as pets have taken this route.

RSPolo
RSPolo

It couldn't be that the royal corgis keep biting people..

DuushBahg
DuushBahg

Isn't this just talking about registered purebread corgis? Meaning there could be thousands of corgis that are 99% purebred that aren't being counted. I guess the dog show people will have to find some other breeds to torture, but for the common person, this "shortage" is nonexistent. 

AnnieBerical
AnnieBerical

Corgis are by no means endangered. This article sends the wrong message. It will result in a lot of people breeding corgis to try and "save" a breed. The drop off in corgi registration in Britain has more to do with how they feel about their queen than anything. I'd also point out that corgis do not make good house pets!! They are very active, and require a great deal of training and stimulation. After all, they are a herding breed just like a border collie or shepherd. Don't expect one to live happily in your one bedroom apartment. A turn toward urban living could also account for a drop in British popularity. I will also say that corgis currently rank 24th in the U.S. out of all AKC registerable dog breeds. The U.S. registers three times more corgis each year than the British and Canadian Kennel Clubs combined.

littleasiandragon888
littleasiandragon888

I want to know if this only accounts for the Corgis in europe and the US. I have seen lots of Corgis in East Asia, though the problem is that many of them are not officially registered.

runswithshepheard
runswithshepheard

How will the Queen ever take back the colonies without her Corgi army... this can't happen

runswithshepheard
runswithshepheard

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.... NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

16casnoa
16casnoa

much doge. so wow. amaze

TheCoryDorsey
TheCoryDorsey

They're overbred and have severe hip/knee problems.

uncoveror
uncoveror

A breed of dog is not a species, but a product of inbreeding for appearance.

Mrkamikaze
Mrkamikaze

Well bred Pembroke Welsh corgis don't need their tails bobbed. I plan on breeding my purebred champion bloodline corgi when i get a chance. Best dogs ever

JakeGunst
JakeGunst

So... banning amputation of puppy tails is a "horrible, terrible, no-good factor?"

JanetLeClainche
JanetLeClainche

@cmurray Registration of a puppy is only $30.  A small amount considering how much your dog will cost over its lifetime in food, grooming and medical care.  Also a registration allows you to participate in AKC and other events if you like - obedience, agility, herding, rally, barn hunt and many more.  You can compete, get titles and have a lot of fun with your dog along the way.  So it's more than just a piece of paper and not just useful for breeding.

JanetLeClainche
JanetLeClainche

@AnnieBerical It also has to do with the Kennel Club's control on breeding and maintaining healthy dogs.  AKC is just a registry.  KC is SO much more restrictive.

tr143
tr143

@JakeGunst they're talking about breeder's refusal to breed them if they can't dock the tails. If you thought about it for longer than a millisecond you'd understand the author is against the chopping off of dogs' tails as well.