Corgis are popular dog breeds in the world because of their friendly and obedient nature.
However, due to the universal admiration for these short-legged dogs, many confuse many other dog breeds for a corgi.
The misconceptions are understandable.
The truth is, corgis have common and almost universal characteristics that different kinds of dogs share, with only a bit of difference.
Dogs like the Swedish Vallhund, Shiba Inu, Schipperke, Samoyed, Shih Tzu, beagle, and Boston terriers are just a few of the corgi-like dog breeds which share the unique characteristics of our tiny family pet corgis.
To help you lessen the confusion between dog breeds, read on and discover how these dog breeds look alike and, at the same time, differ from corgis.
This article will guide you on how to differentiate the corgis from each of the seven dog breeds and lead you to take proper care of them.
Common Characteristics of Corgis
- Corgis have tiny and short legs that seem apparent when compared to its long body.
- Corgis have turned around feet.
- Corgis are well-loved because of their bubbly and friendly nature.
- They are lively and adventurous that allows them to socialize with humans and other dog breeds alike. However, they can be a little assertive against strangers – in human or animal form.
- Corgis are smart dogs. They are easy to train and tame, which is why they can learn tricks and techniques faster than other hounds.
- No other dog breeds are at par with corgis regarding loyalty and faithfulness to their human counterparts.
- It is the most popular family pet since after the British family chose corgis as their house pooch.
- Corgis have two common and unique breeds: Pembroke Welsh corgis and the one that lasts longer – Cardigan Welsh corgis.
- Cardigan Welsh corgis are relatively calm, while Pembroke Welsh corgis are much livelier.
- Corgis, although they tend to live relatively long, are prone to canine degenerative myelopathy.
Breeds Similar to Corgis
It is relatively easy to mistake our beloved pet corgis for another breed.
Not only because of its physical appearance and apparent features but also for its disposition in itself or toward other humans (or animals).
The following are seven dog breeds that pass the pooch breeds’ criteria that almost look like corgis.
1. Swedish Vallhund
First off is the distant cousin of corgis which breeds are as rare as the blue moon.
The Swedish Vallhund has a wolf-like outer covering and an uncanny resemblance with the Welsh corgi.
- A corgi’s body could be up to 13 to 14 inches long for male Vallhunds
- 12 to 13 inches is the average for female ones
- It only weighs approximately 20 pounds
- It has an average lifespan of about 15 years.
It is an adorable corgi look alike because of its love for people and socializing.
Its tail length varies.
Their tiny physique allows them to have perfect balance, swift motion, agility, and power.
It originates from Viking longships of the past century.
They only differ slightly in terms of their fur — its colors resemble that of a wolf, and it has double layers protecting it from weather conditions.
It thrives on high-quality dog food, whether prepared by hand or commercially manufactured.
Be mindful of their food intake because they get overweight fast.
2. Shiba Inu
Most people mistake Shiba Inu for a corgi because of its vigilant expression and foxlike characteristics.
Its usual height is up to 14 to 16 inches in both males and females, while its breed has roots in ancient Japan.
Like a Cardigan Welsh corgi, it is alert yet calm in terms of disposition.
However, what makes it unique is its seemingly curled tail, soft undercoat, yet straight and stiff outer covering.
- Schipperkes are 10 to 13 inches tall.
- Weight: 7 to 20 pounds
- Life span: 13 to 15 years
It originated from Belgium in the 16th century.
Like corgis, they are assertive and smart that makes them easy to train.
They can quickly form an attachment to their human owners.
- Height: 19 to 23 inches
- Weight: 50 to 65 pounds
- They typically live for approximately 12 to 14 years.
From the houses of the Samoyed tribe in Siberia, Samoyeds are white, fluffy petite dogs that come neck and neck with corgis for being a family pet or lap dog.
Both breeds share the same lively and loyal attitude.
They have common ancestors with the Pembroke Welsh corgi.
5. Shih Tzu
- Height: 8 to 11 inches
- Weight: 9 to 16 pounds
- Life span: 10 to 16 years
Shih Tzus are affectionate and playful like corgis.
Their ancestors are lapdogs of Chinese Imperials.
Among dog breeds, Shih Tzus are quick to become an adult in just ten months.
- Height of male beagles: 14 to 16 inches
- Size of female beagles: 13 to 15 inches
- Weight: 20 to 24 pounds
Beagles are fun to be around because they are loyal and active.
They give off an alert aura that is triggered when unusual people or danger is around their owners.
Although they are not that similar in terms of looks and are quite challenging to train, beagles share corgis’ playful nature.
7. Boston Terrier
- Height: 16 to 17 inches
- Weight: 15 to 25 pounds
- Life span: 13 to 15 years
It is easy to spot Boston terriers.
Their body is compact, sturdy, confident, and well-proportioned, unlike the petite corgis.
They also have short and smooth coats with large ears.
Similar to corgis, they are gentle and pleasing.
They are nicknamed the American Gentleman because of their calm demeanor and domestic trait.
To wrap it up, corgis are smart and loyal family pets that take your side no matter what.
They are easy to train and carry around because of their petite figure.
Other dog breeds also share some traits and characteristics of corgis which makes them almost indistinguishable.
Some dog breeds are short and stout like corgis but have unique features that make it possible to differentiate them from one another.