If you’re looking into getting a Corgi, you surely have plans to spend your evening snuggled up with your chunky, furry buddy.
But did you know that the Corgi is actually a working dog, bred to keep the cows in check?
While they look cute and cuddly, are Corgis actually cuddly?
Do Corgis like to cuddle?
Corgis do like to cuddle, and they love nothing more than close physical contact and spending time with their loved ones. They can easily get the label as high maintenance because they tend to have a high need for everything, including affection and cuddling.
Corgis love to show affection and receive it, and they might share kisses and hugs and love to sit on laps. Due to their breeding, they are very energetic, which can be a huge contradiction to cuddling.
This doesn’t mean that every Corgi would like to cuddle as each dog will have its own personality and nature, which will affect how they bond with their humans.
Though, this will not be the majority as most will enjoy cuddles and loving moments. A few Corgis might be a bit affection shy, but they are exceedingly rare.
How do I teach my Corgi healthy behavior when we cuddle?
The best way to teach your Corgi healthy behavior when you cuddle is to display healthy behaviors. Respect should be the foundation of every healthy relationship, even the one you share with your dog.
Beyond that, you can use passive training to teach them what you like and don’t like when it comes to cuddling and other displays of affection because they don’t speak our language.
For instance, you can show them that you don’t like to cuddle with them when working at your desk by gently removing them from your lap when they jump up for a quick hug, kiss, or cuddle.
You can say a simple no, or down, or whatever works, and use this same behavior and command every time they repeat this behavior.
With time they will learn when is a suitable time to cuddle and when is not a suitable time to cuddle.
This method can be used for any aspect of your life, whether showing affection to your Corgi or something else.
It is a positive and relaxed way of training, but you should know that it can take time, which might not be easy for you.
With a bit of patience and understanding on your part, your Corgi will eventually get the idea and enjoy cuddles and hugs when it is appropriate.
How does a Corgis upbringing determine how affectionate they are?
Your Corgis upbringing, along with their breeding, is the foundation for their development and learning. This foundation is the base for who they become as dogs, what they like, don’t like, and how they behave.
Like humans, our home environment and upbringing when we are little, from baby to puppy, shape our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative.
If we always live in a positive and loving home regardless of what occurs, this will create a happy, healthy, and well-adjusted human or dog.
Living in a negative environment can cause bad behaviors and thoughts or feelings about life circumstances for humans and dogs.
When it comes to affection, if your Corgis needs are respected, they will be more open to receiving and displaying affection like cuddling.
If their needs are not considered, and they are forced to cuddle when they don’t want to, it is not a positive experience and can affect how the Corgi relates to you and others.
Opportunities for cuddling and sharing affection should be provided in a healthy home environment but never forced.
There should be openness to sharing the love and cuddles without requiring it.
Respect is always the foundation of every relationship, even the one you have with your Corgi.
Respect should also be taught to the other household members, but hopefully, this is already the foundation of your family and home life and just follows through to the relationship with your dog,
How do I know if my Corgi doesn’t want to cuddle?
Their behavior is the best way to know that your Corgi doesn’t want to cuddle at a particular time. If you are in tune with your dog and watch their behaviors, you will notice certain actions they display when they are not interested.
You must remember that your Corgi can’t speak your language; therefore, paying attention to body language is the only way to know what they feel.
Your Corgi will model certain behaviors like struggling to get away from you.
They might resist being hugged, held, or touched, in an obvious way, or it might be more subtle, like avoidance of closeness altogether.
They might refuse to interact in a very physical or emotional way. By not engaging the Corgi will be hoping you will let them go or put them down after a time.
Your Corgi might also decide to nip or bite if they are forced to cuddle and be near you or another loved one in the family.
In some rare instances, if a Corgi is not feeling well and doesn’t want to interact or cuddle, they might become a little aggressive if they are forced to do so when they do not want it.
This aggression will not be intentional but more out of self-preservation when they need space and time to be left alone.
Your dogs’ needs and wants must be respected above all other things.
While it may seem important to cuddle with them, they cannot speak your language, and their needs must be considered even if you don’t understand.
It is unlikely that this distance and lack of affection will stay that way forever.
Before you know it, your Corgi will be back in your face, demanding attention somehow.
Cuddling is a wonderful way to show your Corgi that you love them, and in most cases, your Corgi will enjoy this close connection.
If, for some reason, your Corgi doesn’t enjoy cuddling, which is rare, their need for space should be respected as it is going to be a short-lived moment.
If you and your Corgi are bonding in other ways, cuddling doesn’t have to be the focus of your interactions.
For those who have a high-maintenance cuddly Corgi, it might be best to put them in a baby pack so you can carry them around and meet their needs while you get something done!