A Corgi is the small and chipper little dog with the pointy ears, right? Of course; so why wouldn’t we want more of these pups around? Breeding a new Corgi is a big deal, and is a known and common practice between novice and expert breeders.
So it’s important to know that you can breed a new Corgi when it’s around 2 years old. It tends to reach full maturity between 18 and 24 months, which gives it the look and muscular advantage to successfully having healthy pups.
Keep reading to find out why 2 years of age is the best time to start your Corgi’s breeding process.
The Best Age to Breed A Corgi (Male and Female)
Since their size and weight is small, both Corgi males and females are one of the smaller breeds of dogs to create and nurture life. With that being said, making sure that either gender of dog is at its peak physical condition is important for having a successful pregnancy.
The best age to begin breeding male Corgi is around 2 years old – give or take a deviation of 6 months. When it comes to males, you want to make sure that they are capable of producing the gametes necessary for pregnancy, which tends to occur around 24 months.
For female Corgis, the best age is between 18 and 24 months, or 1 ½ to 2 years old. They tend to mature faster than stud Corgis, so they are capable of accepting a mate sooner than a male stud.
Why is This The Best Age?
There are several reasons as to why waiting about 2 years to breed your Corgi is a good idea. For one, it gives them more than enough time to fully mature.
Let’s face it, dogs have their childhood too, and that’s their time to become an adult that is both physically and mentally capable of having pups.
In addition, it increases the chances of having a healthy pregnancy. A Corgi having pups before their physical prime can cause challenges during the breeding process, which could lead to unsuccessful results; so allowing the 2 years to flow by will be optimal for their overall physical health.
Understanding the Heat Cycle of Your Corgi
Signs of the Heat Cycle
Comprehending the signs of your Corgis heat cycle initiating is a very subtle, yet obvious presentation. Once you see these signs, you’ll know that your Corgi is officially ready to begin the breeding process.
Check for these physical traits:
- Elevated tail position
- A swollen vulva
- Light yellow or blood discharge from the vulva
- Behavior resembling mounting
- Excessive licking of their genital area
- Frequent urination.
These signals are a fair indication that your Corgi is ready to mate and have pups; so if you are considering breeding yours, this is the best time.
How Long Is A Corgi In Heat?
You can expect your Corgi to be in heat for about 3 weeks to 1 month. It’s a full-on biological process that takes its course steadily and in order.
The first weeks present with smells, licking, and a lot of sniffing. The second to third week is the bleeding phase where your Corgi’s vulva will begin to swell and present with discharge. In the 4 week is where things seem to level out, and coitus can occur in a healthy manner.
When is The Best Mating Day?
Well, there isn’t a particular day that’s best for creating new life, but there is an optimal time in which it should occur, and that is during the estrous phase, or the reproductive stage of a Corgi’s heat cycle.
This can be a pretty tricky time for both you and your Corgi because this is when your dog will really want to mate, and will do what she can to make it happen.
So if you’re considering bringing more corgis in this world, wait until you start seeing behavioral changes in your Corgi, then set up a nice date with her mate!
Things to Keep In Mind About Mating
In order for you Corgi to have the best chances for a healthy litter of pups, taking it to a professional veterinarian for a health examination before breeding it will behoove both you and your dog.
It will show whether or not your Corgi is fit to breed, or be bred. Also, it will present you with any underlying health issues, or future health concerns that could arise if breeding where to occur.
In addition, the examination will inform you on how to prepare and manage the physical attributes that are about to commence. Once this is done, your Corgi can be cleared to have a fun and healthy breeding process.
Quiet and Clean Place
Regardless of the species, when it’s time to get it on, it’s best to do it in a place that doesn’t make your skin crawl; and I’m sure dogs feel the same way.
Which is why it’s best to commence a mating session in an area that is clean from clutter and distraction, and quiet enough for the two lovers to concentrate on successfully finishing their mission.
Also, female Corgis are a bit more particular about comfort and ease while mating, so having a location that’s free of debris will assist in her relaxation.
Mate 2 -3 Times to Increase the Success Rate of Breeding
That’s right, you read correctly! During the 3-4 weeks of the heating cycle, you want to have your dogs engage with each other 2 to 3 times to up the chances of having this endeavor be a success.
Sure, we all know that it only takes one time; but with multiple attempts at creating new life with each other during the heat cycle, the pair of dogs will create a greater chance of creating a solid litter of pups for them to raise, or for you to sell.
So for the benefit of all that are involved, try to shoot for mating your pair at least more than once your Corgis heat cycle.
How Many Puppies Do Corgis Usually Have?
Across the different brands of Corgi dogs, there is a small deviation from how many Corgi pups each can have during a pregnancy.
On average, Corgis tend to have between 6 and 8 puppies per litter. Although the average litter size for a female dog can be higher, Corgis are smaller, so are physically prone to have a smaller litter size, which is common among other breeds of dogs their size as well.
The amount of puppies that a Corgi can have is also based on the genetics of the parents themselves. So although there is an average, Corgis are capable of having less or more than the average depending on circumstances.
How Long Are Corgis Pregnant For?
A Corgi gestation period, or pregnancy, is about four times shorter than a human’s; Corgis are only pregnant for about 58 to 63 days, or an average of about 2 months.
This time frame is based on the start of the ovulation of their egg, to the day the new Corgi puppies are given birth.
Like humans, Corgis are capable of going through trimesters as well; it’s just that the trimester for your dog will only last about 19 to 21 days each, totaling up to about 60 days of pregnancy.
You’ll know your Corgi is pregnant by noticing the early signs of morning sickness due to hormonal imbalances occurring.
When Is It Time to Stop Breeding?
Your Corgi’s heat cycle will live on until the moment her body says stop; thus, Corgis can technically breed until their last days; however, that isn’t very recommended due to health issues and physical decline.
So it’s recommended that most dogs, including Corgis, rest their active breeding occupations at around 5 years old, at the very least, with a max of 7 years of Corgis.
Special circumstances have to be taken into consideration while breeding Corgis, like their weight, stature, and size, or any health problems that have or may occur if breeding continues.
Before the risk of any of these situations occurring, it’s best to take the reward of having a couple of healthy litters of Corgis who’s parents are still healthy and lively.
Avoid Your Corgi Getting Pregnant Multiple Times
The female body is strong enough to carry another being inside of it; yet, it still needs time to rest and recuperate, and this goes for Corgi bodies as well.
Back-to-back pregnancies can potentially do more harm than good, and create health complications for both the mother and the puppies.
To avoid this from happening, you’ll want to make sure that they have an adequate amount of space between pregnancies before initiating the next mating phase.
This is to ensure that your Corgi’s body heals properly, and becomes strong enough again to bear the weight of 6 to 8 little puppies living inside of it.