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How Big Do Corgis Actually Get: (Size & Growth FAQs)

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As corgis are on the smaller side from pup to adulthood, it can be tough to know how much progress they are actually making. Many owners ask us when their corgi will stop growing and finally reach their full size. Today, I’m going to cover exactly that!

Corgis reach their full height by around 12 months of age but will likely continue adding weight until around 2-3 years of age. Out of the two corgis, Cardigans generally take longer than Pembroke to reach their full size.


How Big Do Corgis Get?

So how much should a corgi weigh when they reach full size?

While both corgis are similar in size, it’s definitely the case that Cardigans grow to be a tad bigger than Pembrokes.

Pembroke Corgis:

  • Height – 10-12 Inches
  • Weight – 26-32 lbs

Cardigan Corgis:

  • Height – 10-13 Inches
  • Weight – 28-38 lbs

When it comes to the difference between males and females, height is pretty similar, but males will generally grow to be heavier than females due to further muscle mass development.

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When Do Corgi Puppies Stop Growing?

Instead of just relying on the standard breed information you can get from the AKC, I wanted to know what other corgi owners had experienced with their pup. So, I asked as many owners as I could, and here’s the general outline…

Most owners reported back that their corgi reached full height anywhere between 10-12 months of age. When it came to weight, Pembroke owners noted it took around 2 years, while Cardigan owners noted it took between 2-3 years.

From this, I think most corgi owners can safely assume full height will be reached by 12 months and full weight by 24-36 months, with Cardigans taking longer to reach their full weight, which makes complete sense as most Cardigans grow to be a little bigger than Pembrokes.

Corgi Growth Chart Timeline

Understandably, many questions come in the form of “how much should my corgi weigh at 4 months, 6 months, and 8 months?” (and many more!). The best way to answer all of these is to provide you with a growth chart.

Corgi weight growth chart timeline

Corgi AgeCorgi Weight
2 months8-12 lbs
3 months9-13 lbs
4 months11-15 lbs
5 months13-18 lbs
6 months14-21 lbs
7 months16-23 lbs
8 months18-24 lbs
9 months20-25 lbs
10 months22-26 lbs
12 months23-27 lbs
18 months26-28 lbs
24 months28-32 lbs
36 months32-38 lbs
Cardigans will be in the middle to upper of each range.

Corgis do most of their growing between 3-7 months of age, this is considered their “rapid growth phase”. Weight gain will still continue after this but at an increasingly slower rate.

Many owners pointed out that although their corgi still gained weight after 18 months, it was very hard to notice it visually from the 12-month mark. This is why it helps to take regular weight checks on the scale.

5 Tips To Ensure Proper Growth

Let’s run through 5 tips that will help your corgi grow healthily and to their full capacity.

1. Avoid “all-life” stages food
Diet and the quality of the diet have a big impact on growth and development. Although many brands are creating their own “all-life stage kibbles” it’s best to avoid them.

Opt for a high-quality kibble from a reputable brand that is made for puppies only. Puppy formulas are tailored towards their rapid growth and generally contain a higher amount of fat, calcium, vitamin d, and protein. All of which will support your pup’s growth better than generic kibbles.

2. Ensure your pup gets on well with the food
Choosing the correct brand/kibble is one thing, but knowing your puppy is actually digesting it properly is something else! Not all pups get on with the same food, even if it is a high-quality option.

If your puppy shows signs of digestive upset, diarrhea, food refusal, then this should be investigated further and taken seriously. If your pup isn’t digesting/absorbing the nutrients properly, their growth could be affected.

3. Be careful with exercise and activity levels
It’s still important to exercise your corgi, but overexercising is a big mistake that could have some pretty serious consequences. First of all, if your corgi is expending more calories than they are consuming, this will certainly impact their growth negatively. Secondly, their bones, joints, and muscles can be easily damaged (in both the short and long term) if they are overexercised.

With corgis being quite small anyway, you really don’t need to push your pup very hard at all (20 minutes of ball chasing is more than sufficient). This leads me to the next point…

4. Rest and recovery is crucial
Allowing your corgi to rest as much as they want is another important factor to support proper growth. Most of their growing is done when resting, napping, sleeping, and taking it easy! And this tip is particularly important for those that have kids in the household.

I know it can be super exciting for the kids to have a new playmate but they must learn to respect their pup’s napping and sleeping time.

5. Have your vet visits scheduled in
To ensure your pup is healthy and growing as they should do, nothing beats having the once-over done by a trained professional. It’s easy to think that routine appointments are not necessary (and I used to think the same). But that’s changed, and I think regular vet appointments are the key to ensuring your pup’s health. Once every six months is sufficient for a routine health check-up.

Corgi Weight Problems

I thought it would be worth adding in the fact that corgis are prone to weight gain. More so adults and seniors than puppies.

Although overexercising must be avoided during puppyhood, once your corgi hits the 18-month mark, they really should be exercising like they would an adult. Around 45-60 minutes per day (some may even go for more).

In addition to this, keeping their diet in check, and being cautious with what treats you offer should be a top priority.

Corgis can easily become overweight and this might lead to knock-on health problems down the line. In the dog world, it’s even healthier to be slightly underweight than it is overweight.

One way to know if your corgi is overweight (aside from using the scales) is to look and feel them. You should be able to feel the ribs with a little pressure. If you can’t feel the ribs at all, your corgi waddles or struggles to move quickly, this could indicate they are in fact overweight.

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