Corgis have short little legs, so many assume this breed shouldn’t be doing things such as hiking. After all, wouldn’t activities like that make these pups extremely tired or possibly even do damage to their joints? It turns out that Corgis are excellent hikers, and hiking isn’t bad for them at all!
That doesn’t mean there aren’t risks to hiking with your Corgi, but as long as you play it safe, your dog can go along with you on your hikes (and will have a blast!). Here’s what you need to know about hiking with your Corgi, including tips for making the experience a safe and fun one.
What Makes Corgis Good Hiking Dogs?
Our Corgi friends were initially bred to be sheep and cattle herders, so their bodies are made to be athletic. And because they often herded sheep and cattle in mountainous and rocky terrain, they have the ability to easily and safely travel trails, mountains, and uneven paths. But being used to walking in rough terrains is just one reason Corgis make excellent hiking dogs.
Corgis are also quite energetic and need at least an hour of exercise a day, which makes hiking a great activity for them. This breed also has terrific endurance and stamina—they can hike up to ! And don’t let those short legs fool you; a Corgi’s legs are powerful, so they’ll have no trouble keeping up with you.
Just because your Corgi makes a great hiking companion doesn’t mean there aren’t any dangers to be aware of while you’re on the trail. Below you’ll find the top four things to watch out for a while hiking with your pup.
Tips for Hiking With Your Corgi
Finally, here are a few tips to keep you and your Corgi safe and sound while hiking on the trails!
Add on to these being well-prepared and having water and food on hand for your dog, and the two of you will be ready to go!
Surprisingly, despite their short legs, Corgis are well-suited to hiking. This breed is powerful, with the stamina to endure hikes up to 8 miles. There will be a few dangers you need to watch for while on the trails with your dog, but there are also a few ways to be prepared that can help make the experience safer and more fun for both of you.
So, get your Corgi ready and head out to your nearest hiking trails to make a day of it!
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