|Barked: Wed Jun 20, '12 6:07am PST |
|I saw you were interested in corgis, and here are my two cents. I have Cardigans, not pembrokes, so I'll just weigh in on what I know:
I think Cardigans are too big for you. MOST Cardigans now are well over 30 lbs. That wouldn't have been the case even 10 years ago, but most of them are heavy like bassets now. Plus, Cardigans shed alot, they tend to have stronger herding instincts then Pembrokes, and they can be pretty barkey. Also, they're more independent then Pemmies.
Pemmies are probably around the size you're looking for, but they shed even MORE then Cardigans due to their spitz ancestry, they're a tad more needy and high strung, and they're also pretty barkey.
As with any dwarfed dog, you'll need to wait until their growth plates close before you do any kind of strenuous activity with them. I wouldn't start hiking or agility until probably about a hear and a half, but it will probably take you that long to get them 100% reliable off lead if you are diligent.
As for my epxeriences hiking, my cardigan female is just the best partner I could ever ask for. I've taken her on five and six mile hikes in really rough terrain and she LOVES IT. We hike twice a week. She never lags behind, always has a blast, 100% reliable recall, 100% dependable off lead, ignores other dogs and people, she's just really a joy to hike with. I honestly can't imagine a dog that's better suited for me then she is.
Of course, I end up carrying all of our water and food (eh, I don't care, no biggie for me) but she doesn't eat much and I have a fold up bowl for her.
Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you do alot of research and don't get a dog based only on one quality. You want a dog that you can live with, too.
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