How to Cut a Corgi's Hair

Corgis were bred as herding dogs.
Corgis were bred as herding dogs. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

There are two varieties of corgi dogs, the Pembroke corgi and the Cardigan corgi. Both originated in Wales, and were used as herding dogs. The main difference between them is that the Cardigan has a long tail, whereas the Pembroke's tail is naturally bobbed. Corgis aren't long-coated breeds, so their hair doesn't require much cutting. If you're planning on showing your dog, it's only permitted that you trim the hair on its feet. If you don't show, you can trim other parts of its coat if necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire pin dog brush
  • Blunt-ended dog grooming scissors

Brush through your corgi's coat with a wire pin brush to remove any tangles.

Trim any excess hair on the feet with dog grooming scissors. Look for unwanted hair around the pads of the paws, the sides of the feet and near the area where the dew claws should be. For showing, a corgi should have an oval-shaped paw, so avoid trimming so much as to make the foot look round.

Cut the hair around your dog's anus, and trim carefully inside its ears and on the outside, where the base of the ears meet the head. Remember to leave out this step if you want to show your corgi.

Tips & Warnings

  • If showing your dog, you can also trim its whiskers, if desired, but many deem it unnecessary.
  • Be very careful not to nick your dog with the scissors.

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