When it comes to dogs, each breed seems to have its own unique quirk. Whether you have a German shepherd, a poodle, or a lab, they each have their own characteristics and traits.
One of the most interesting facts about the Welsh Corgi is the dog’s ability to float – more specifically, their behinds can float! There are numerous reasons for this, but the fact that they can float can make them a lot of fun when you bring them to the beach or a swimming pool.
Do Corgis Float?
Corgis – also known as Welsh Corgis – do indeed float. Corgis have elongated bodies, short legs, and small statures. They are fluffy and adorable and make great family dogs.
Just like other dogs, there are both pros and cons to owning a Corgi, but if you prefer playful, active dogs that are good with kids and most other animals, you can’t beat a Corgi.
Corgis are also known for their adorable behinds, which are soft and fluffy and make them look extra cute when they run.
In addition, when you put them in a shallow tub, you’ll notice that their butts automatically pop up and out of the water, regardless of their ability to swim. Neither you nor the dog has to do anything special because their butts automatically float to the top of the water.
It’s really a very entertaining and adorable thing to watch, and it helps them to prevent drowning a lot easier than other dogs do.
If you go online, you can easily find videos of different Corgis demonstrating their cute behinds and what those adorable behinds can do – namely, float. While not exactly the best swimmers, Corgis won’t drown because of this feature.
Why Do Corgis’ Butts Float?
There are some scientific reasons why Corgis have butts that float, but the main reason this happens is simple: Corgis have hollow butts. This is why many people call these dogs “bubble butts.”
As opposed to muscle fiber found in their behinds, Corgis’ butts are made up of around 80% air. This causes their butts to behave like a flotation device.
This being said, keep in mind that Corgis are not always the best of swimmers, despite the fact that their back ends automatically float upwards when they’re placed in water.
This is because their short legs, barrel-like chests, and long bodies make it difficult to paddle and propel themselves forward. They won’t usually drown, but they can’t always swim, either.
If you have a Corgi, it is recommended that you keep a close eye on it if you do let it take a swim.
Because of their oddly shaped bodies and very short legs, they tend to tire out quickly when they do try to swim. Compared to other dog breeds, Corgis are weaker swimmers overall. Nevertheless, they usually won’t drown but may get tired.
Corgis also have a lower center of gravity, and this, combined with their other traits and characteristics, allow them to be decent swimmers.
That being said, it is recommended that you use a pet life vest on your Corgi if you bring it swimming, just to be on the safe side. Make sure the vest fits snugly but is comfortable for the dog.
If you’re curious about why Corgis have such big behinds in the first place, it’s really quite simple.
The shape of their bodies is due to the way they are bred and the fact that when herding, it’s simply best for them to have low-to-the-ground bodies with short legs, long bodies, and of course, butts that are big mainly because of the way the rest of their bodies are shaped.
Other Interesting Facts About Corgis
Welsh Corgis are adorable family pets that have pros and cons, just like most other dogs. They do not like to be left alone for long periods of time, in part because they have separation anxiety, but they are playful and very loyal, making them excellent family pets.
Here are a few other interesting tidbits about these cuties:
1. They Like to Shed
Corgis have thick double coats, which means you have to get used to having dog hair all over your home.
Nevertheless, dog experts claim that they are still low-maintenance dogs overall because they are easy to take care of despite their thick coats, which they need to keep them warm and to keep moisture away from their skin.
2. They Were Popular with a Few Famous People
Many people remember Queen Elizabeth II and her Corgis, which she often brought with her to certain public events. She loved her Corgis, but she isn’t the only one.
Corgis were also popular with Vikings, who some people believe introduced the world to these dogs when they brought them to Wales.
3. They Are Part of Welsh Folklore
According to Welsh folklore, Corgis loved fairies and would often carry them on their backs or in carriages from one place to another.
Legend has it that the Corgis’ coats, which are thicker on their backs, became that way in order to accommodate fairy saddle marks.
4. Some of Them Are Born without Tails
There are two types of Welsh Corgis: Pembroke and Cardigan, with the former being the most popular type in most communities. Cardigan Corgis have tails, but Pembroke Corgis do not.
It is believed that people bred them that way on purpose so that as they did their work, none of the surrounding animals would step on the dogs’ tails.
Corgis’ butts are basically hollow because they are roughly 80% air, which allows them to float and stay near the top of the water at all times.
Nevertheless, they are decent but not great swimmers, in part because they tire out very quickly. It is recommended that you place a pet life vest on them when you are planning to let them swim.
You should also keep an eye on them when you’re sharing the beach or pool with these dogs just to be on the safe side.