|Barked: Tue Apr 2, '13 1:18pm PST |
|My main concern under these circumstances is a possible clash of personalities between the dogs. As Trigger said, these are very different breeds, with different play styles, personalities, outlooks on life, and crucially, different styles of interaction with other dogs. Shibas are commonly described as cat-like; they are independent, strong-willed, and unafraid of getting aggressive in order to get their way. Corgis (if we're talking Pembrokes), on the other hand, are very in-your-face with other dogs, and can be quite bossy (that herder heritage). If you were to have both breeds as puppies or young adults at the same time, it could lead to some serious conflicts. Best case sernario for avoiding this is to have one dog be a few years older and a different sex, so plan for at least three or four years between the two.
Because Shibas are more known for aggression issues than Corgis (to my knowledge, anyway) it might be a good idea to get the Shiba first, then see how things turn out. If that puppy ends up being not fond of other dogs, he/she'll be able to let you know before getting mixed up in a household with another strong-willed individual. Then, if the Shiba is ok, you can bring in a Corgi puppy who will grow up adapting him or herself to the Shiba, rather than the other way around.
Moving away from your original questions for a bit, there are a few things I want you to consider. Both Shibas and Corgis are very strong personalities for first-time dog owners, and both may require much more than two walks a day, no matter how long. Both are very intelligent breeds with a true need for mental stimulation, and the Corgi especially needs a 'job' to do in his everyday life. If you don't fulfill their exercise and mental needs, both breeds are perfectly capable of turning your life inside out (as well as most of your possessions). I'm sure you have come across these things in your research, but they always bear repeating!
Also, about the arrangement with the two dogs belonging to each person separately, with no emotional bonding between the opposite pairs. I can see this leading to conflict if the two of you aren't prepared for it. I assume you both have very different ideas of the perfect dog, judging from your breed choices; it's almost inevitable that this will lead to one or the other of you getting fed up with the other one's dog very frequently, as both are strong, in-your-face personalities. You have to be prepared for a little bit of chaos and uncomfortable energy, and you HAVE to be dedicated to overlooking the small things when the dog annoys you. Otherwise, you two may end up warring over the actions of the dogs, as each one of you takes the side of your own 'baby'. This could be very serious, especially if you have only a weak emotional attachment to your partner's dog to help buffer the annoyances that go along with sharing housespace.
Whew! All of that said, it can be done. Here's a link to an earlier thread where one of our respected forum breed matchers actually recommended a Corgi for a household with two Shibas. Good advice there, and maybe some more ideas for you. Sorry to be such a downer; I really do think it's a doable situation. You just have to be careful, as you are showing you are by asking here. Good luck!
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