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Why Doesn’t My Corgi Like to Cuddle? The Truth Behind Corgis Behavior

Why Doesn't My Corgi Like to Cuddle?

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They are pretty, adorable, and smart. However, Corgis are not that nice when it comes to cuddling. Thousands of Corgi owners’ hearts are broken every year and ask online why doesn’t my Corgi like to cuddle? just like you did.

Some Corgis would run and hide when you try to cuddle them. Others nip you angrily with their sharp teeth until you put them down.

It’s a devastating experience. Only a few things in life are worse than feeling that your fur baby doesn’t love you back.

Read on if you own a Corgi and been in this situation. I’ll help you understand what’s going on and why your baby hates to cuddle.

Do Corgis Like To Cuddles?

According to most Corgi owners I know personally, or from internet forums and Facebook groups, Corgi dogs tend to hate cuddling.

Of course, some do like to cuddle, every dog is unique, but generally speaking, Corgis are not big cuddlers.

If you are still looking for a dog with a cuddly attitude, a Corgi may no be your perfect choice.

Unlike other dog breeds, they just don’t like it. Whether Pembroke or Cardigan, Corgis aren’t big cuddlers.

Puppies, especially, hate cuddling even more than adults. They are more interested in playing and running around. They are always on the go. They hate being held for more than 3 seconds.

Once they grow, they start to calm down and tolerate cuddling a little bit. However, it’s still way less than most people would like.

Other Corgi owners, on the other hand, report that their Corgi babies started to tolerate cuddling as they matured.

Age, according to them, seems to play the biggest role. Puppies cease to be hyperactive and enjoy a few more seconds of cuddling.

Why Doesn’t My Corgi Like to Cuddle?

Your Corgi doesn’t like to cuddle because that’s how Corgis are. Your dog does love you though. He just doesn’t love cuddling.

Corgis were bred to be herding dogs. Yes, they look too small and too cute for a herding dog, but they used to herd animals together by nipping their ankles.

These adorable creatures would spend the whole day chasing cows and other big animals. All-year-round.

Cuddling is not one of their best qualities. They are clueless about it. They are energetic and require a lot of activity….and sometimes, very stubborn.

If you are new to Corgis, you may think your dog doesn’t love you or doesn’t like his new place, but that’s far from being true.

Corgis do love their owners. It’s just they show it in their own ways. And cuddling isn’t one of them.

Do Corgis Like To Be Held?

Short answer: not really.

Corgis tend to hate being held. Their brain was developed as a herding dog in tough conditions. Being held wasn’t a desired quality.


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According to their herding brain, being held by anyone is a vulnerability. It means they are in danger. Despite being nowadays a family dog loved by caring families, their brain still functions as it did 1000 years ago.

They are the independent type of dogs. They still like to be free and in control.

Of course, this doesn’t mean every single Corgi dog hates to be held. Dogs are unique individuals just like humans.

However, Corgis, compared to other dog breeds, tend to hate being held very much. They are not perfect for people looking for a cuddly dog.

What Can I do To Make my Corgi Cuddle me?

Unfortunately, there is no magic stick to make your Corgi like to cuddle you, there are steps, however, you can take to help your dog enjoy cuddling a bit more and stop nipping you:

1. Hire a Trainer

As I always recommend, hiring a trainer is always the to-go solution for dog training.

Dog trainers are usually people with long years of experience and understand every single detail of how dogs think and behave.

Of course, the trainer won’t change your dog’s personality and make him love to cuddle.

Instead, the trainer will help make your dog more obedient and less naughty. Thus, more likely to cuddle with time.

Obedience training could help your dog reduce your Corgi’s activity and become less stubborn. The trainer will as well train your baby to stop nipping you.

2. Wait for The Dog to Mature

As mentioned above, age plays a role in cuddling as some Corgi owners report. If your Corgi baby is yet a puppy, give him/her more time to mature.

Puppies are super active and hate to be held for more than a few seconds. We can’t just force them to like cuddling and being held.

Most Corgi owners tend to agree that the dogs start to mature after their second birthday. They become less active and start to enjoy time with you.

Long Story Short:

While they are cute, Corgis are, generally speaking, not big fans of cuddling. They tend to hate it with a passion. They are less cuddly than other dogs you may have had.

This is due to their breeding and history. They were bred to be working with large animals in tough conditions.

It’s okay if your Corgi doesn’t like to cuddle. It doesn’t mean your dog doesn’t love you. It’s just that’s how they are and how they were bred. And we gotta respect that.

Does your Corgi love to cuddle? then you are one of the few lucky ones. Enjoy it!

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Jackeline McCarthy

I'm a proud dog mom and a blogger at DogMomHub. I have lived with dogs since I was a kid. I love reading, wine, and writing about dogs.

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