Rothrock Farm Corgis
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What As my puppy has grown older, she is very territorial over her food and even gets into bad fights with my other dog.  Is this normal?  What can i do?

A: It is normal for corgis to be protective over their food, especially when there are other dogs nearby.  One key to prevent unwanted "fussing" at mealtime is early training.  From the time you bring your puppy home, make sure puppy knows YOU are in charge at mealtime. Stay near while she eats.  Put her bowl of food down, let her eat a little, then remove the bowl, hold for a minute, then put it down again and let her finish eating. Pet her while she eats, making sure she doesn't show too much reaction to your touch. Sit with her, stand by her, approach and walk away while she's eating.  Your goal is to "mess" with her, and work toward a calm, unperturbed dog at bowl. If another dog is fed nearby at the same time, be sure any interest in the other bowl or dog, or aggression from the puppy is corrected immediately.  Say, "no fighting over food!"  Remove the puppy to divert her attention then return her to her food bowl after a minute or two.  Patience and consistency is ALL important here, as with any element of obedience and behavior training.

Having said this, there are dogs, corgis included, who just will not be happy having other dogs near their food.  The best solution, in this case, is to feed pets separately -- even in separate rooms, if necessary -- to avoid over-protectiveness and potential outbreaks of aggression at mealtime.

Q: What is my puppy's temperament? 

A: Corgis "come in" two basic temperaments:  active and curious to the max; more laid back and cautious (NOT cowed or shy).  These temperaments are very difficult to predict other than observation of the puppy in the litter environment.  Corgis are the 11th most intelligent breed on the AKC list of breeds, are herders, friendly, and the most loving and loyal dogs one can own.  All corgis develop best when given obedience training and when having an owner who avails himself of all the helps available.

Your puppy may be one of the most laid back of the litter--allowing littermates to pile onto him.  All puppies will be assertive at nursing time, and should be eager eaters. By 8 weeks of age, laid back puppies and more assertive puppies will be into everything!  They love to play and run and play and run -- and plop down crashed out for a good nap.  Be sure to "puppy proof" your home, watching especially for electric cords, spectacles, cell phones, and TV remotes.  Get them all out-of-reach of your curious, chewing-on-everything puppy.

Q: What food do you recommend?

A: I used and recommended Science Diet until a few years ago when some breeder friends and vets advised against it.  One breeder had a strange foot enlargement develop with a litter of puppies, and the feed was found to be the culprit -- Science Diet Puppy.  I understand they now have a new formula, but have not checked it out.  I am now using and recommend 4Health Puppy, a Tractor Supply brand.  I will provide enough when I meet you to last two-three days.  Other breeders are using Pedigree or Eukanuba.  Look at the 4Health ingredients and find a similar feed. Just be sure to switch puppy gradually to a new food over a few day's time.  He'll stay on puppy food until he's one year old.

Q: How much do I feed my puppy? 
 

A: At 8 weeks old, he will be eating dry kibble, about 1/4 - 1/3  cup, 3 times per day.  As he grows, move him to two feedings, morning and evening, and feed 1/2 c each feeding.  By one year, he should be fed 3/4 c of dry kibble twice per day.  This can vary from puppy to puppy, and you really just have to watch his growth and whether it looks like he's putting on too much weight (really an issue when he's an adult--corgis do LOVE their food!) or seems thin.  He will go through an awkward, lanky stage from about 4 months--his head and ears will seem way too big for his body.  This is normal.  If you think he may be too thin, feel his backbone and ribs -- he should have some flesh and fat -- no more than 1/2 to 3/4 inch padding his ribs.

Q: What are the best kinds of toys for corgis? What toys are good for them, and what toys are bad for him?

A: When puppies are weaned and have their new baby teeth, I give them unflavored rawhide chips or "bones" to chew on.  These are available at Wal-Mart or any pet store.  Get the thin chips, about 2-3 inches square-ish.  The puppies love to chew, and the rawhide gets soft with chewing.  The puppies have never yet actually eaten the chips.  I remove them when they get soft and look chewed on the edges.  Some people advise against pig's ears and rawhide chews, but I have no problem with them.  Nylon chews are also available, if you prefer to avoid the rawhide.
 
I will send home a few toys with your puppy. One will be slightly soiled from the litter (to make him feel at home).  I buy 99 cent dog toys from Wal-Mart for the puppies, due to expense, and also order toys from PetEdge online.  The array of toys is huge.  The puppies like squeaky ones and balls -- suitable to throw and play "go get it," a pre-game to teaching fetch!  Balls are great! Always choose toys that are made exclusively for dogs and cut off tags and anything else the puppy might chew off and swallow.

Q: I understand that my puppy will have had his first set of shots when I bring him home. What else will he need and when? Also, when is the best age to neuter/spay?

A: I will furnish a health record containing information about vaccinations, wormings, and weights.  You vet will need to see this record on your first visit.  We administer the first vaccination at six weeks, with the second vaccination at about 9 weeks, then the booster and rabies shots at about 12 weeks.  Your vet will advise you of his/her recommended schedule on that first visit.

To comply with our one-year health guarantee (for genetic disease/defect) you must choose a vet and make an appointment within the first few days of picking up your puppy. Review our health guarantee on page two of your New Owner Agreement.

As to neutering your male puppy, I would wait for full descension of the testes.  Your vet will advise you of his/her recommendation, usually by 6 months of age.  Spaying your female puppy will be done at about the same age.
 
Q: How do I prepare at home for my new puppy?

A: Click on the tab "Bringing Puppy Home."  You will find LOTS of help there for preparations to make!  Also consider purchasing one of the books on the "Recommended Books and Web Sites" page.  Learn all you can about corgis and raising your puppy.  Plese consider Rothrock Farm Corgis a resource for raising your puppy and caring for your corgi as he grows.