Do you have a Corgi and are thinking of getting another? Maybe you’re thinking of getting two Corgi sibling puppies together? Here’s everything you need to know about owning two Corgis!
Should I Get Two Corgis? Yes, it’s a great idea to get two Corgis once the first has fully matured! They’re a sociable and friendly breed who form strong bonds with their family and other dogs. They love companionship, playtime and fun, and can get all of this from sharing their home with another Corgi!
Read on to find out what age is best to introduce a second Corgi, what can happen if you get two Corgis from the same litter, and the good and bad points of having two Corgis in the same home!
Never use the advice in this article as a substitute for professional veterinary advice or treatment. I am NOT a Vet, qualified dog trainer or dog behaviourist. This article is based on research, personal opinion and experience of owning dogs over the last 12+ years.
Are Corgis Better In Pairs?
Yes, Corgis love company, so they can do well living with another. However, this isn’t essential!
Providing you give your Corgi all the love and attention they need, they can be happy living as an only dog.
You’ll need to consider your current Corgi’s personality, age and needs before deciding whether to add another to your family.
Can I Get Two Corgis From The Same Litter?
No, it’s not recommended to get two Corgis from the same litter. If you do, this could increase the chances of them developing ‘Littermate Syndrome’.
This is when the two puppies bond so closely with each other, they find it difficult to connect with anyone else in their family.
This can make training them much more challenging, as they’re more interested in what the other one’s up to, instead of listening to what you’re asking them to do!
Raising and training one puppy successfully is hard work, so imagine that workload and level of commitment being doubled!
It’s certainly not an easy option for a first time dog owner!
Because they’re so closely bonded, it can be impossible for the Corgi puppies to feel comfortable being on their own.
This can increase their risk of separation anxiety, particularly if they need to be separated from their sibling, even for a short time.
Even though they’re related, each Corgi puppy will have a different personality.
If one is shyer and more reserved, they can find their more rambunctious sibling too much, potentially leading to friction between the two of them.
Equally, if one is noisier and barks more, they may encourage the other to be loud too.
Trying to calm and quieten down two Corgi puppies can be tough work!
Do All Corgi Puppies Get Littermate Syndrome?
No, not all Corgi puppies from the same litter will develop Littermate Syndrome.
If you’re consistent and committed to their training, then it’s possible to have two from the same litter with no issues at all.
Although it’s a good idea to train, walk, play, and groom them separately, so they learn to be comfortable without the other one around.
This can be time-consuming and very hard work, so it’s not always an option for some owners.
However, if you want to avoid Littermate Syndrome, then it’s something that must be done consistently.
It’s even possible for Corgi puppies from different litters to develop Littermate Syndrome, if they’re brought up together and are of similar ages.
They don’t necessarily need to be genetically related for it to become an issue.
So, it’s not as simple as getting two Corgi puppies from different litters at the same time, to try and overcome this issue.
What Age Is Best To Get A Second Corgi?
It’s best to wait until your current Corgi is 12 months old and fully matured before adding a second Corgi to your family. However, some Corgis take longer to mature fully, so you’ll have to consider them on an individual basis.
If you get a second one before your first is fully grown and have had all their basic training, it can make your life much more difficult!
Trying to train an adolescent dog and a new puppy would be exhausting, so it’s best to avoid this if you can.
It’s also best not to get a Corgi puppy if your current Corgi is already a senior.
Although they’re quite sturdy little dogs, seniors may find a young puppy too much to handle.
Corgis can have a feisty side and will firmly tell a puppy off if they’re annoying them!
This may be stressful for your senior Corgi and a puppy, especially if it’s happening all the time.
Should I Get Another Corgi Of The Same Sex?
No, it’s usually best to add the opposite sex of Corgi to your family, not the same. So, if you’ve already got a male Corgi, it’s typically best to add a female and vice versa.
If you choose this Corgi combination, it stops ‘same-sex aggression’ from becoming an issue for them.
It’s thought that there’s more likely to be fights between same-sex dog pairings, hence the term.
Your Corgi’s individual personality plays a part when deciding which gender of dog to add to your family.
Some simply prefer being around females over males or the other way round.
Generally speaking though, a male and female pairing tends to be the most successful and harmonious option.
The only tricky time you’ll encounter with a male and female Corgi pair, is if they’re not neutered. The last thing you want is an unplanned litter of puppies!
You’ll need to keep a close eye on your female Corgi while she’s in season, and ideally keep them entirely separate from each other during this time.
Whatever pairing you choose, you’ll need to introduce your Corgis to each other carefully and slowly.
If possible, let them meet each other on neutral ground before agreeing to take your new friend home.
Why Is It Good To Have Two Corgis?
This is why it’s good to have two Corgis:
Corgis Are Well Matched To Each Other
Corgis will be similar sizes and weights to each other, and they’ll have similar energy levels too.
This can make them great playmates for one another, without the risk of them getting hurt because of a size difference.
Two Corgis Are Good Company For Each Other
Corgis are smart and will have similar characteristics. They’re generally loving and always up for something fun to do.
Because they’ll both view things the same way, it can help them get along better with each other.
They’ll also have each other for company when you leave them home alone.
You Already Understand Corgis
If you already own a Corgi, you’ll have a good understanding of how to look after and train them.
This can make it easier for you to do the same with your new addition, because you already know the ropes!
What’s Bad About Having Two Corgis?
This is what’s bad about having two Corgis:
Two Corgis Cost More
Double the Corgis means double the cost! That’s twice the amount of dog food, insurance, veterinary costs and supplies you’ll need to buy to keep them happy and healthy.
You’ll also need to consider how you’ll finance things if any unexpected illnesses or accidents occur.
Two Corgis May Get Jealous Of Each Other
Because Corgis bond so well with their owners, some can get jealous if another one comes along to share their attention.
They can also be prone to being possessive over toys, food, treats and beds too, especially if they’ve never had to share these things before.
Training Two Corgis Is More Difficult
If your Corgis get on well with each other, you may find they’re more interested in what the other one’s doing than listening to you!
Although it’s fun for them to play and wrestle with each other, it’s also essential they pay attention to you as well.
You’ll need to take time to train them individually, so they know to listen to your commands!
So there you have it! Getting two Corgis once the first has fully matured can often be a great idea. They’re a loyal and loving breed that are just as happy being with people or other dogs. You just need to consider their age, personality and individual needs before bringing another Corgi into your home and family.
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