How Much Do Corgis Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

Corgis, a small versatile dog, can be playful one minute and become a fierce watchdog the next.

There are two types of corgis – the Cardigan and Pembroke.  Known as “big dogs in a little package,” corgis are primarily trained to herd cattle.  They are intelligent, sturdy, alert, and very adaptable to new circumstances.  The way that corgis accomplish their excellent herding abilities is by nipping at the heels of the sheep or cattle they are herding.

Corgis usually have a lifespan of 14 to 16 years and are moderately hairy.  They are a double-coated dog; the undercoat is short, soft, and thick, while the outer coat is dense, harsh, and medium in length.  It is important to brush the dog’s coat daily.

Hanging low to the ground, a corgi is known to have shorter legs compared to most other breeds.  With a long tail and a variety of colors, most corgis are going to include sable, black, blue and a reddish tint.  Usually, they will have a white tint of color in their coat.

Wanda the Corgi by xand83, on Flickr
Wanda the Corgi” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  xand83

How much do Corgis cost?

With a Corgi, the price of one will depend on the age, quality, type, breeder and its history.  With that being said, be sure to budget anywhere from $800 to as much as $2,000 if you want to adopt a baby puppy. Generally, the higher the quality is, the more you are most likely going to have to pay.  Pembrokes, for example, are more common than Cardigans and can cost between $350 and $1,500.  On the other hand, Cardigans tend to be very rare, hence, the higher price tag.  Do not be surprised if you have to pay $1,200 to as much as $2,000 for this type.

At PuppyFind.com, a popular dog classified website, it had close to 50 listings for a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, with prices ranging from $1,100 to $2,000, whereas the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has more than 500 listings, with prices ranging from $900 to $1,800.

On the official AKC Marketplace, the breeders, who listed their prices, had prices in the $1,800 to $2,000 range.

Now, if you’re looking to adopt an older dog, usually older than one to two years old, then the costs can be much cheaper, usually under $500 at a local rescue group or shelter.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Any reputable breeder should include up-to-date vaccinations, a health guarantee, registration paperwork and a travel crate if shipped.  Some breeders, depending on who you adopt from, may microchip, spay/neuter and include a small starter kit filled with dog supplies.  If, by chance, you’re adopting a well-bred, high-quality Corgi, then the breeder should include a temperament test, performance title evidence, genetic health risk tests and/or a pedigree analysis for potential problems.

What are the extra costs?

Recurring costs, as with any pet, needs to be factored in such as food, accessories, vet visits, medicine, grooming sessions and dog sitting.  A dog, when healthy, should be prepared to budget up to $600 per year and much more if your dog were to come down with an illness.  On this Reddit thread, for instance, Corgi owners said to budget for flea prevention, heartworm, food, treats, toys, training, checkups, bloodwork and grooming supplies, which can all add up to more than $50+ per month.

To have a Corgi shipped through an airline, an airline approved dog carrier and ticket will be required.  This can cost anywhere from $250 to $400, depending on the distance.

A Corgi, like many dog breeds, has a double coat and will shed year round.  While daily grooming sessions can help reduce the sessions, a professional grooming session should be budgeted for at least once per month to keep the coat in top condition.

Tips to know:

The two most popular Corgis include the Pembroke Welsh Corgi or a Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

The average lifespan, when healthy, is anywhere from 12 to 15 years.

The average weight of a corgi can be anywhere from 30 to 40 pounds, and the average height hovers around 10 to 14 inches.

Corgis are fairly easy to train as they are herd dogs by lineage.

Corgis are very intelligent, active, and playful dogs.  They require a lot of exercise and need a chance to get out their energy.

Noted as alert companions, corgis are affectionate and are very responsible.

Dog owners who do not plan on showing their Corgi in a dog show should not consider the highest class breed.  This type will usually mean the most in terms of cost.  If you simply want a family dog and like the corgi breed for its looks or qualities, purchase one on the lower end of the price spectrum.

Almost all dogs will bark, and the Corgi is no exception.  Since they make excellent watchdogs, and as explained, they are known to be herding dogs due to their lineage.  The slightest unknown sound or even sight will cause the Corgi to bark, even if it knows what they are barking at.  As explained by MyCorgi.com, you may be able to stop the dog from barking on command, but you will never be able to stop him from the initial warning.

Corgi health issues, according to PetMD, can include intervertebral disc disease and canine hip dysplasia (CHD), as well as minor issues like epilepsy and degenerative myelopathy.

How can I save money?

The older the dog is, the less you will have to pay to adopt.  While it may not happen very often, consider talking with a local shelter or rescue group to see if any Corgis are in.  If this is the case, it can cost less than $200 and you will help support an older dog that needs a home.


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