Corgis just like any other dog breed have an ideal set of nutritional requirements. These requirements are based on the dog’s weight, energy levels, coat and health condition. As a dog owner you should try as much as possible to feed your dog with a diet that satisfies these requirements.
Corgis were developed in Southern Wales and as such, their diet should be as close to the original diet as possible. The advantages of having such diet are that the dog’s digestive system will easily handle these foods. Another factor we need to look at when formulating a good diet is having the right combination of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Having looked at these requirements, let’s look at the best adult Corgi diet.
Cooking is better than ready made food
The best diet for your Corgi is not actually the dog food that we normally buy from the stores. The best diet is the one which is prepared fresh just like how we humans want our food. The problem with the dog food is that we are not sure of the nutritional composition. Besides the nutritional value, it’s also cheaper to cook dog food rather than buying it.
One thing with commercial dog food which can be seen as disadvantage is the fact that it is not made for certain breeds but made for all dogs which can not be appropriate for all dogs. Different dog breeds have different dietary requirements. There have been cases of substandard dog food being sold in the stores even from major brands.
It doesn’t take too much time to cook for your Corgi. If you find time to cook your food, then you should find time to cook for your Corgi. The best Corgi diet should contain large amounts of minerals. The major minerals Corgis need are iodine, calcium and phosphorous. Having this in mind, foods which are good for your Corgi are fish, lamb, potato, carrots, beets and barley. These foods are also those you can notice that are readily available in Southern wales.
Apart from its diet, you can also consider including supplements such as vitamins in order to keep you Corgi healthy such as the following:
- Salmon oil all-natural dog food supplement for omega-3 intake
- Capsules for healthy coat and reduce shedding
- Best selling multivitamins
Save yourself money and feed your Corgi right
Feeding your Corgi the right diet saves money for you in the long term. Many vets have concluded that the health problems that Corgis as well as other dog breeds face in general mainly arise from having a bad diet over a long period of time.
Corgis gain weight easily and thus you need to have to control their portions. You need to feed them two times a day. If you notice that your Corgi is gaining weight, reduce the portions. Corgis should have a noticeable waist in the loin area. The activity levels, age, size and sex of your Corgi will determine the size of portions to serve.
When you settle to a good diet for your Corgi, avoid giving treats unless they are healthy and you’ve factored this in their daily diet needs. Also avoid bones. Dogs generally like chewing on bones, but this is unhealthy and can pose a serious health risk. Debone all meats and dispose of the bones especially those from chicken.
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I have a question. My family recently adopted a Corgi x Husky mix. I know that the corgis worst enemy is obesity and when I got him I was told to watch his weight because he has dominant corgi features such as the low legs and elongated body. All that being said, I find a lot of information on typical amounts to feed adult corgies but this little guy is only 4 months old and so I was wondering if anyone could give me guidance? We are currently feeding him the same brand as the shelter which is the Royal Canin for puppy. Any guidance on what might be typical for that age would be very helpful as I want to start off on the right paw. Right now we are giving him about a cup per day half in the morning and half in the afternoon with a few treat for house breaking and a frozen peanut butter Kong because he is teething still.
Thank you all very much 🙂
John Brendan says
Hi Marie-Eve, many thanks for your comment. I’ll tell you what my vet tells me and from what I know from owing a corgi. Usually a puppy needs to eat 3 meals per day. You can give it 2 main meals and the 3rd one can be treats for being a “good boy” when you train it. From what I know, the quantity should be no more than one small scoop for morning and evening meal. Usually the vet/shelter is also able to tell you the exact grams/ounces of food that the puppy needs.
Melissa Clark says
They also love fruit, like soft pears, skinned though, strawberry, cantaloupe any fruit you are enjoying they like
John Brendan says
Thank you for your input Melissa! I will include this info in the article.
Marilyn Kyle says
I have a Prembroke Corgi Female, 30.5 lb. She is in agility and needs to lose 5 lb.. How much should she have as meals and what type of treats to give. She is in three training sessions and of course home training. She has to jump 8″. We only jump her 4 or sometimes 6. Help if you can. Thank you.