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How Big Does a Corgi Get? (With Growth & Weight Chart)


Feb 16, 2023
Cardigan Welsh Corgis


Cardigan Welsh Corgis

Corgis are fun-loving dogs that make great pets, especially for active households that are full of engagement. They were bred as working dogs, so they don’t need much downtime and prefer exploring, playing, or adventuring rather than simply lounging around. That said, they have no problem snuggling up while the family watches a movie.

Whether you’ve just adopted a puppy or are considering getting one in the future, you may be wondering how big a Corgi might get. We have all the information that you need right here!


Facts About Corgis

The name Corgi is translated from the Welsh phrase for “dwarf dog,” which seems to be a fitting name due to their short, stout legs and elongated bodies. Here are a few other interesting facts about the Corgi that you may not know.

They Have a Lifespan of Between 12 and 15 Years

The Corgi’s expected lifespan is somewhere between 12 and 15 years, but this is not a fixed rule. Some may not live as long due to health problems, while others might surprise everyone around them and live a couple of years longer than expected.

They Are Good at Troubleshooting

Corgis were bred partly to herd livestock such as sheep, which requires exceptional troubleshooting skills to excel at. So, Corgis today have a natural ability to troubleshoot, and they get great satisfaction out of being able to put those skills to good use.

cardigan welsh corgi dog gathers the sheep together
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The Queen Owned Royal Corgis

Queen Elizabeth II owned more than 30 Pembroke Welsh Corgis during her lifetime, which has attributed to the breed’s popularity in many places around the world. She even oversaw a breeding program at Windsor Castle.

Corgi Size and Growth Chart

There are two types of Corgis: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Corgi. These two completely different breeds do not share any ancestry and come from different parts of Wales, where they both originated. Cardigans lived on rough, rocky terrain, whereas Pembrokes lived on flat, even terrain.

Cardigan Welsh Corgis tend to be bigger and heavier than Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Both breeds look alike but their tails are different. While the Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a long tail, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a tail that is docked and close to their backend.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi
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Age Weight Range Height Range
3 months 9–14 pounds 4–6 inches
6 months 17–23 pounds 7–9 inches
9 months 20–28 pounds 10–12 inches
12 months 22–30 pounds 10– 12 inches

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

black and white cardigan welsh corgi
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Age Weight Range Height Range
3 months    12–16 pounds 5–7 inches
6 months 24–26 pounds 8–10 inches
9 months 32–36 pounds 11–13 inches
12 months 35–38 pounds 11–13 inches



When Does a Corgi Stop Growing?

The typical Corgi grows rapidly during puppyhood but starts to slow down in the growth department around 9 months of age. Most Corgis are done growing by the time that they are about 1 year old, though they may continue to fill out for a year or two more. By 3 years of age, your Corgi should have reached their full height and weight potential. From there, they may gain weight only if they are overeating and/or not getting enough exercise.

Factors Affecting the Weight and Size of a Corgi

Several factors can affect the final height and weight of an adult Corgi, some of which can be controlled. Here are the things that may play a role in a Corgi’s overall size and weight:

  • Genes: A dog’s genes play a major role in how big they will get and how much they will weigh when fully grown. If the dog’s parents were on the short or light side, they will probably end up being on the lighter and shorter side themselves. Another example is that a Corgi might have shorter or longer legs than the average Corgi due to their genetics, though the difference would be slight.
  • Sex: Female Corgis tend to be naturally smaller and lighter than males when they are adults. This is true for most dog breeds.
  • Nutrition: What a Corgi eats, especially during the first year of their life, can affect their ultimate size and weight. Puppies need more protein and overall nutrition than a grown dog does, and if they don’t get it, stunted growth could be the result.
Welsh corgi enjoys meal
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Ideal Diet for Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Corgis are small dogs but they are athletic and active. Therefore, they need plenty of protein in their diet. Other important nutrients that Corgis need for optimal health and growth are omega fatty acids, healthy carbohydrates, and superfoods like blueberries for immune health.

Their food should contain no artificial ingredients, as these could be harmful and don’t offer much nutritional value. Wet or dry food is acceptable, but either way, look for food designed just for puppies until your Corgi is about 1 year old. Then, they can switch to high-quality dog food made specifically for adults.

How to Measure Your Corgi

The best way to measure your Corgi’s height and length is to use a fabric measuring tape. Start by holding one end of the measuring tape to the ground, and then hold the other end up to your dog’s neck, right where it connects to the body. Then, record the measurement. Measure length by holding the measuring tape from the base of your dog’s butt to the base of their neck.

woman sitting on sofa and giving treat to the pembroke welsh corgi dog
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Corgis are cute little dogs that usually don’t weigh more than 30–38 pounds when fully grown. This size and weight chart provides a general idea of how much you can expect your Corgi to weigh and how tall you can expect them to get as they age into adulthood.

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