Corgis are good feeders and will easily pack on the pounds if they get to eat a lot of food. They have a great appetite and will heartily eat any food that comes their way. They have this pleading look on their faces when they want to get something from you.
Corgis are also good at begging food through their manipulative clownish behavior. Some owners mistake this for hunger and get to feed them extra food outside their meal times. Even giving them treats is not recommendable sometimes since it can lead to them getting overweight. When feeding Corgis, you need to pay extra attention to the dog food portions since you should not exceed the recommended..
Corgis are small dogs with a somewhat plump body and short legs. At maturity they get to an average weight or between 24-30 pounds. There are few factors that will determine the weight of your Corgi.
Weight depends on Corgi’s sex
Males are generally heavier than females. They will get to an average weight of 27 pounds. Females get to an average of 25 pounds. However, these figures are averages and some Corgis might get slightly heavier than this. However, if they get way more than this average, you should do something to control it. Some Corgis are taller or longer than the average Corgi and consequently, they will be heavier. A good way to know if your Corgi is growing overweight would be to check on their waist around the loin area, which is the first place where they usually gain weight first.
If your Corgi gets overweight, there are couple of things you can do to make them lose a few pounds to their ideal weight. First and foremost is to review the diet and portion sizes. On top of this, you will need to increase the amount of exercise they usually have within a week and lastly avoid treating it unless you replace a main meal with them. To closely monitor their progress, weigh them at least once a week. The best way to go around this is to weigh yourself first on a digital scale, then carry your Corgi and weigh again. Subtract your weight from this weight to determine your Corgi’s weight. Do not expect them to lose large amounts of pounds in a week. if there is some progress, it’s good enough.
Don’t let your Corgi become obese
Obese Corgis face a myriad of health problems. Their short stature is unable to support a lot of weight. The back, legs and the hip joints will be the first body parts to experience some problems. Most Corgis in rescue centers are usually there due to weight issues. Do not mistreat your Corgi by allowing them add weight. Besides, it will cost a lot of time and effort to get them lose those extra kilos.
[Main picture of the articles has been taken from Daniel Stockman]