Wondering about the differences between male vs. female corgis?
- Differences in temperament and behavior
- Aggression between the two sexes
- Ease of training and housebreaking abilities
- Personality, traits, and characteristics
- Common stereotypes
- Pros and cons between males and female corgis
- And more
By the end of this article, you should have a newfound understanding of whether to adopt or buy a female or male.
Sound good? Let’s get started!
Last updated: 3/7/20.
Are males or female corgis better?
This question is asked a lot and there’s no definite answer.
As much as we can stereotype the differences between males and females, there will ALWAYS be exceptions.
For every trait that exists, there will be an owner with a counterexample.
So it’s a very poor way of deciding which sex to adopt or buy.
However, people are curious and still want to know. So that’s why this article was written.
Do NOT assume the traits listed here apply to all corgis.
They’re simply oversimplified characteristics of differences between the sexes and not to be used as a “set in stone” kind of thing.
These traits are based on years of experience with the breed and reports from owners- both online and in-person.
Please take the following text at your due discretion.
There are some major differences between male and female corgis physically.
- Males are larger and weigh 22-32 pounds on average.
- Females weigh 22-29 pounds on average.
- Males are about 12″ tall at the shoulder.
- Females are about 12″ tall at the shoulder.
Since they’re about the same height, the major difference comes from the weight. They only have a few pounds difference, with the male being barely noticeably heavier.
Overall, male and female corgis don’t have many physical differences. The breed’s physical traits are nearly the same.
Corgi temperament between males and females
Again, it all depends on the dog.
But if you want stereotypical generalizations between the corgi sexes, here they are in terms of temperament.
Females are known to be more alpha, stubborn, and independent. They can think for themselves and are less eager to please their owners.
Corgis already have a reputation for being stubborn, and it may be the females who are behind it!
Regardless, females can also be much more affectionate than male corgis.
So it’s like she’s better at expressing her emotions at both ends of the spectrum.
Whatever trait she’s expressing, she’ll show it off easier than the male can.
On the other hand, male corgis are much more aloof.
They’re casual and easy-going. Whatever you feel like doing, he’ll gladly tag along and do it with you.
They’re right in the middle in terms of temperament and behavior.
Not too alpha and not too much of a cuddle bug. Just right in the middle. You can say male corgis are more “stable” in emotions.
Males would be easier to train if you had to pick one sex over the other.
Male corgis, especially neutered ones, are laid back and relaxed. This means he’ll be calm and willing to take commands and obedience.
Females are more stubborn and bossy and will listen only when they feel like listening.
As you can see, this would make training progress not consistent. And consistency is everything.
However, females will be more difficult to train over males just because they take more time.
This depends completely on the dog’s upbringing and personality.
Corgis are definitely a smart breed. But training difficulty varies widely on many factors. And gender is just a small part of the overall picture.
Dominant or submissive personality and socialization are both key factors in determining how easy or hard the dog is to train, rather than the corgi’s sex.
Are males or females easier to housebreak?
Just like regular training, male corgis tend to be easier to housebreak because they’re willing to listen to their owners.
Females are standoffish and only listen when they want.
Males want to please the owner and thus will work harder to do so.
Thus, housebreaking a male corgi tends to be faster based on simple consistency.
A dog that cares to listen to the owner and please them will learn faster than a dog that only listens here and there.
Do male or female corgis bark more?
The generalization is that females are quieter and more careless while males are yappier and more vocal.
This varies depending on how the dog was socialized and the environment, but most people seem to agree their female corgi is more “cat-like” and will do her own thing while being quiet.
The male follows the owner around and barks to expression.
But that doesn’t mean the females won’t like to cuddle or be affectionate or males won’t ever be sassy. It really depends on the dog.
What’s the difference between male and female corgi personalities?
The legless dogs have a plethora of personalities, and just basing it off of sex isn’t fair.
A male can have all the stereotypical females characteristics. And a female can have all the male characters.
The corgi’s socialization and personality are what determine how the corgi acts and behaves.
With that said, the overall consensus is that males are more loyal and will follow you everywhere. They make better snuggle bugs and are always affectionate.
They’re more eager to please and always like to be around people. They also are easier to train because they like to please and are just always happy.
In essence, male corgis are what people expect to see when they think of the corgi breed.
Females are the opposite. They’re known to be bossier and needs less attention than a male corgi.
They choose to listen to their owner when they want, which can make training difficult. But they also think for themselves and make their own decisions.
They’re also less of a lapdog and will stay by their owner, but at the feet rather the lap. They can also be double as affectionate males, as they’re much better at expressing their emotions and affections.
But that’s only when she feels like it.
Again, these are not true for every corgi. You can have exceptions for every single trait.
Are males or female corgis more aggressive?
Either sex can be aggressive.
This varies depending on the training and socialization the dog receives and the natural disposition of the corgi.
Males are usually more cuddly and are better suited as lap dogs whereas females are bossy and standoffish.
So it’d appear that the female corgis are aggressive.
Males will share toys rather than fight over them. Females will protect and nurture children if they’re socialized as a puppy.
But that can also mean a poorly socialized female can drag children around by the leash. Or a poorly socialized male will fight over dog toys.
The neutering process can also change a male’s attitude like crazy. They can be neurotic, aggressive, and barky before they get neutered.
And after, they’ll be chill, collected, and cuddly.
The same goes for females and getting spayed.
There are a lot of things that can affect temperament and aggression.
How you raise, socialize, and exercise the dog can have much more of an effect than the sex.
Pros and cons of male corgis
If you’re thinking about adopting a male corgi or buying one, here are the stereotypical personality traits compared to females:
- Stable emotions
- Always relaxed and laid back
- Easier to train
- Easier to housebreak
- Affectionate most of the time
- Follows the owner everywhere (depends on owner preferences)
- More loyal
- Velcro dog
- Lapdog (depends on owner)
- Prone to separation anxiety
- Pees on things to mark them
- Less affectionate compared to a female who decides to show it
- Can be aggressive over food and toys
- Un-neutered males may have ulterior motives, show aggression, and bark excessively
Pros and cons of female corgis
If you’re thinking of adopting or buying a female corgi, here are the stereotypes of their behavior.
- Protective of children
- Doesn’t pee to mark objects
- Can think for herself
- Not a lapdog (depends on owner preference)
- Better at showing affection when she wants
- Can be bossy
- Affectionate less of the time
- Listens to commands only when she feels like it
- Training can be difficult
- Housebreaking can be difficult
- Can have dominance problems
There’s no definite answer to this question. It depends on the dog and how it was raised. These are all generalizations and there are always exceptions.
Rather than checking out the pros and cons of male vs. females, you should be reading the pros and cons of corgis overall.
Here are some references you may want to check out:
- Adopting a female vs. male corgi? – Reddit
- Deciding between female or male Corgi – Reddit
- Male or Female? – MyCorgi.com
Should you adopt a male or female corgi?
There’s no definite answer to this. It’s a neverending age-old debate probably older than when the corgi was first recognized!
The best way to find out is to meet the dog in person and check out the parents.
Any reputable breeder will have both parents on site (or at least one of them).
You can see how they act- their disposition, behavior, and how well-trained they are. This may be somewhat reflective of how the puppy will end up.
Also, check to see the puppy’s behavior. Does it come to you? Or is it aloof and avoidant? This is basic puppy-choosing practices that you should be familiar with!
Read more about corgi care if you don’t really know what to look for. Educated owners are the best owners!
Roy has owned 14 dog breeds, with corgis being his absolute favorite. He’s a self proclaimed “corgi whisperer,” whatever that means. He enjoys hiking, videogames, binging on shows, and writing (that’s why he’s here).