Since I’m on line just hours before the big Royal Wedding, I’ve decided to write about the Corgi, a breed of dog that is often associated with Queen Elizabeth II (and the now deceased Queen Mother as well). Queen Elizabeth has 16 corgis!
The Corgi goes by other names: Pembroke Welsh Corgi or Welsh Corgi for short (however a Cardigan Welsh Corgi can also be called a Welsh Corgi). It is a naturally active little dog who has short legs and a long back (often having a back that is twice as long as its legs). Being a massage therapist, I see corgis that are prone to back problems because of this anatomical structure which can be exacerbated by weight gain (something they do easily).
The dogs are known for their intelligence, devotion and eagerness to please. The Corgi was bred to herd cattle and is the oldest breed of herding dog. As a herding breed, however, they can develop problems such as nipping at people’s heels and so they do need training. The nipping tendency means that they may not be as suitable for homes with smaller children.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand