What is a Mini Corgi? The Facts and Fiction of This Tiny Breed

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Written By Dane Michael

I am a passionate dog owner for 10+ years. MyFavCorgi is a community of 500,000+ corgi fans with advice to buy, raise and care for your corgi.

If you’ve been scouring the internet, you may have come across tiny corgis called mini corgis. Also known as miniature corgis. Also known as teacup corgis.

But what do we know about these tiny dogs? In this article, I break down the facts and the fiction about these tiny little creatures.

What is a mini corgi?

Teacup corgis or mini corgis are not real. They are just smaller versions of regular corgis and not a separate breed.

In this article, I’ll use the term mini corgi, but remember it means a smaller regular corgi.

Corgis are popular pets with their cute looks and friendly nature. Their short legs, long bodies, and fluffy tails make them lovable. Some people want a smaller version of these adorable dogs.

But it’s crucial to know that official organizations like the American Kennel Club (AKC) don’t recognize the term “mini corgi.” The size difference in corgis is not due to intentional breeding but individual genetics.

Even if some corgis are smaller, they are still the same breed. They have the same traits, temperament, and health issues as their larger counterparts.

What is the smallest size corgi?

The smallest size corgi can vary within the breed. The smallest corgis sit under 10 inches at the shoulder.

Corgis usually weigh between 20–30 pounds and stand about 10-12 inches at the shoulder. Others may weigh up to 30–40 pounds and stand up to 12-13 inches at the shoulder.

​The smaller sized corgis are sometimes referred to as “mini” corgis, but they are still the same as their larger brothers and sisters.

What is the temperament of a mini corgi?

When you get a mini corgi, or a smaller sized corgi, you can expect the same sweet and loyal companion as you would with any other.

Corgis are known for their sweet and cuddly personalities, as well as their loyal nature.

​They are easy to train and responsive to commands, making them a great choice for families with kids or individuals looking for a loyal companion.

However, they can also be destructive if they get bored, particularly if left alone. So it’s important to provide them with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to tire them out.

Why do people like mini corgis?

People love mini corgis, or smaller sized corgis, for the same reasons they love any other corgi.

Corgis are known for their cute appearance and their affectionate and loyal personalities.

​They have become a pop culture sensation due to their playful and energetic nature, and their trainability and responsiveness to commands.

Whether you’re looking for a cuddly pet or a fun companion, a mini corgi, or a smaller sized corgi, is a great choice.

I can see why people like mini corgis – they are very cute!

How do you buy a mini corgi?

When buying a mini corgi, it’s important to find a reputable breeder who can provide you with a healthy and well-tempered pup.

The cost to buy a mini corgi will vary depending on the breeder and location, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000-$3,000.

It’s also important to keep in mind that mini corgis, like all dogs, require a lot of care, including regular feeding, grooming, and exercise.

​If you’re considering getting a mini corgi, make sure you have the time, energy, and resources to provide them with the care they need to live a happy and healthy life.

How do you care for a mini corgi?

When you have a mini corgi, it’s important to remember that they are still the same breed as their larger counterparts and require the same care and attention.

It’s important to find a reputable breeder who can provide you with a healthy and well-tempered pup, and the cost to buy a mini corgi will vary depending on the breeder and location.

Make sure you have the time, energy, and resources to provide a corgi with the care they need to live a happy and healthy life.

How long do mini corgis live?

The lifespan of a mini corgi, or a smaller sized corgi, is the same as any other corgi. However, because they are bred to be smaller, than can face more health issues that other full-sized corgis do not.

On average, corgis have a lifespan of 12–15 years. However, factors such as diet, exercise, and genetics can all affect a corgi’s lifespan, regardless of its size.

​Regular veterinary care is important to help ensure a corgi lives a long, healthy life. I always make sure that more corgi gets regular care, to keep them in tip-top shape.

What health problems does a mini corgi have?

Like all breeds, mini corgis can be prone to certain health problems.

Some of the most common health issues that mini corgis can experience include:

  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD): This is a condition where the discs between the vertebrae in the spine bulge or herniate, causing pain and potentially paralysis.
  • Hip Dysplasia: This is a genetic condition where the hip joint doesn’t form properly, causing pain and arthritis later in life.
  • Eye Issues: Mini corgis can be prone to a variety of eye problems, including cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and glaucoma.
  • Epilepsy: This is a neurological disorder that can cause seizures in mini corgis.
  • Obesity: Corgis have a tendency to gain weight easily, so it’s important to monitor their food intake and ensure they get plenty of exercise.
  • Allergies: Some mini corgis can experience skin or food allergies.

It’s important to keep in mind that not all mini corgis will develop these health problems, but it’s always a good idea to be aware of the potential risks and to keep a close eye on your pet’s health.

​Regular check-ups with your veterinarian and a balanced diet and exercise regimen can help minimise the risk of these and other health issues in mini corgis.

If a small corgi is not a teacup, what dogs do come as teacups?

“Teacup” is a term that is used to describe very small dogs, but it is not a recognized breed or size classification by official breeding organisations such as the American Kennel Club (AKC).

The term “teacup” is often used to describe toy and miniature breeds that are smaller in size than their standard counterparts.

​Some of the breeds that are sometimes referred to as “teacups” include:

  • Chihuahua
  • Pomeranian
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Maltese
  • Shih Tzu
  • Pekingese

It’s important to note that these breeds can come in a range of sizes, and the term “teacup” is not a guarantee of size or weight.

It is also important to be cautious when buying a dog that is marketed as a “teacup,” as the breeding practices used to create very small dogs can often result in health problems and other issues.

It’s always best to do your research and buy from a reputable breeder who can provide you with a healthy, well-tempered pet.

Final thoughts on mini corgis

In conclusion, mini corgis are simply smaller sized versions of the beloved Welsh corgi breed.

Despite their smaller size, they still retain all the charming traits and unique characteristics that make corgis such popular pets.

Whether you live in a small apartment or have a big family, a mini corgi can make a great addition to your household.

However, it’s important to remember that owning a pet, regardless of size, is a big responsibility that requires time, effort, and dedication.

With the right care and attention, a mini corgi can live a long, happy life and bring joy and laughter to your life for many years.

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