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So, you’re wondering how much you need to feed your corgi.

In this article, we’ll cover:

  • How much corgis eat on average
  • Estimated amounts to feed a corgi puppy
  • Baseline calculations and variables to consider
  • How to tell if your corgi is over or underweight
  • How to make yoru corgi gain or lose weight
  • And more

You should have a solid baseline measurement and understand why there’s no answer to this question by the end of the article.

Sound good? Let’s feed your corgi the right amount.

Last updated: 6/17/20.

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How much do corgis eat?

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Let’s face it.

Corgis love food and may have a problem stopping themselves from gloriously engorging their face into a bowl of dog kibble.

Corgis are a highly food-motivated breed.

Pair that with their high intellect and you have a dog that’s easily trained.

Just use treats and a bit of motivation and you can make your corgi do all sorts of cool tricks.

But the drawback?

They’re prone to overeating.

Any corgi owner will tell you the same thing.

These dogs don’t know when to stop eating and can quickly gain weight.

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This is especially true for corgi owners who don’t give their dog adequate exercise daily.

The volume of kibble you feed your puppy will change.

  • For example, at 8 weeks, you’d be feeding less (1/3 cup, twice a day).
  • At 12 weeks, you may have bumped that amount up to 2/3 cup, twice a day).
  • At 16 weeks, the amount you feed may remain pretty constant, maybe 2/3 for one sitting and fewer for the next.

How much do you feed a corgi a day?

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You should feed your dog anywhere from 1/3 to 3/4 of a cup, twice a day. There is NO exact answer for this.

Even with professional vets, you’ll find that each one has its own unique take on the amount of food corgis should be eating.

And if you search online, you’ll find tons of different answers from different owners.

The truth is that there is no answer. You’ll never find it.

And here’s where it gets complicated:

The amount of food you feed changes depending on the corgi’s circumstances.

How much should you feed a corgi puppy?

Typically, when it’s a puppy, you’ll feed more.

This is usually about a 1/2 cup twice per day. You can do one meal in the morning and one at noon.

Some people do it all at once, but preferably you should space them out so the energy distribution in calories is spread throughout the day.

As the puppy grows up, you can dial up the amout you feed. Only use 1/4 cup increments to make it easy to track. And keep a daily log of feeding amounts over time.

As the corgi goes to adolescent and then adult, the amount you feed should drop off. You can taper off by 1/4 cup until you hit the sweet spot.

This is where the dog can eat all its food and not be ravenous.

  • If your corgi can’t finish its food, you fed way too much.
  • If your corgi eats like crazy, you’re feeding way too little.

The amounts also vary between and depend on the dog’s age, lifestyle, and mood. The food itself and any other supplements, veitams, or treats you give him also matter.

For exmaple, if your corgi gets daily strenous exercise, you should be feeding more because ehs’ burning energy.

But if your corgi sits at home all day (which can lead to bad corgi behavior), the amount you feed should be less because he’s sedentary.

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Also, you need to add in the actual food you’re feeding.

  • Is it high-quality, high calorie dry kibble?
  • Or is it wet dog food with low calories?
  • How many treats do you feed in a day? How many calories per treat?
  • Do you feed table scraps or other food?

There’s no exact amount you should be feeding.

And the other point to note is that there’s no amount that you should WANT to feed constantly.

You should be changing the quantity of food your corgi gets based on all these factors.

Use the “cups per day” as a baseline and go from there.

Don’t just stick to the rule because you read it online or someone told you so. You should be adjusting the amount of food. Never stick with the same “rule of thumb” forever.

This is bad practice.

Some also argue that it may be cruel to feed your dog once per day.

This varies depending on the dog’s lifestyle and breed. Some dogs don’t need multiple feedings. But again, there’s no exact answer.

Remember, your corgi’s food amount varies by:

  • The amount of exercise he gets per day
  • The number of treats you feed per day
  • Other foods that add to overall caloric intake per day
  • The nutrients and calories per cup of dog food you feed
  • The age of your corgi
  • The current weight of your corgi
  • Whether or your corgi is neutered or spayed
  • The current season (summer or winter coats)
  • Whether your corgi is male or female
  • Whether your corgi is a Pembroke or Cardigan

As you can see, there are quite a few different variables that add to the overall picture. Try computing the “perfect” amount with all these different factors.

You probably can’t. And that’s okay.

Because you just need to adjust accordingly based on them. There is no right answer unless you have a supercomputer for calorie counting.

How much should my corgi weigh?

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As you probably guessed, the weight changes over time.

These numbers are not “perfect” and can change.

But you can use them as a guideline for where your corgi’s weight should be.

These measurements are for a fully-grown corgi that measures about 12″ tall at the withers.

Always consult with yoru professional vet for exact numbers, changing diet, and before starting any actin plans.

Evaluate daily to see how your corgi’s doing and how much he eats. Check his weight on a weekly basis. Try to plot a graph and see if you notice trends.

You can do a quick check to see if you’re in the safe weight zone by doing the following:

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  • Have your corgi stand still
  • Evaluate the ribcage by eye. You should be able to see only fur and no visible ribs.
  • If you see ribs, he’s probably underweight.
  • Put your hand over the ribcage. Rub it softly without pushing. You should be able to feel the ribs.
  • If you can’t, he’s probably overweight.
  • Check the waist. He should have a visible waist before the hind legs.

How to make your corgi gain weight

If your corgi is underweight, you can simply add more food in 1/4 cups to bring his weight up.

This will take course over a few weeks. Don’t try to force him to eat more. Slowly bring the amount of food he eats up.

Be sure to constantly keep track of his weight over time until he approaches healthy levels. Then assess again from there. Either taper off or keep the food levels constant.

Remember, the amount of food CHANGES depending on the corgi’s lifestyle.

If your dog doesn’t eat all the food you give, consider changing to a different brand that’s more calorically dense.

Don’t up his calorie intake by using treats or table scraps. This is very bad for the dog. You can only raise his weight by using his staple food.

But if you try everything to bring his weight up and still can’t, bring him to the vet for a consultation.

Don’t try to fix it on your own as the diet is a critical part of corgi wellness and not to be messed with. At all.

How to make your corgi lose weight

If your corgi needs to lose weight, start by replacing some portions of his meal with veggies.

You can use green beans to help him feel full without sacrificing the extra calories. You can also use apple or carrots as treats rather than the regular treats you feed.

Slower taper off the amount of staple kibble, dry food, or wet food you feed. And eliminate table scraps or other unnecessary foods that you’re giving him.

Start upping the exercise regimen also. This means either:

  • Exercising longer
  • Exercising harder
  • Exercising frequently
  • Or a combination of any.

This will help bring down the corgi’s weight. You should also consult your vet before doing anything that’ll change your corgi’s diet or weight.

This is important that you do so as adjusting the weight can be dangerous if done unsafely. Don’t skimp on this. Contact your VET!

What to feed your corgi

You should feeding your corgi a high-quality dog food.

There are so many options available that it can be hard to decide. Typically, all dog foods have the necessary nutrients your dog needs for a healthy development.

But the problem usually comes into play when determining how much of each element is needed, and the quality of each nutrient.

If possible, you should opt for all natural dog foods. There are some expensive and fancy brands out there, but note that it’s not always necessary to buy them.

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You’ll have to sift through a few dozen reviews or so to settle for a dog food you deem suitable. The food must match the current lifestyle of your dog- like age, activity, and size.

Also note that the dog needs to LIKE the food for you to feed the food.

This is usually done by slowly transitioning the food by mixing up the old and new foods in varying portions until you fully replace the old food with the new one.

You should start off with 1/4 new to 3/4 old and then adjust as needed.

Corgi growth chart

Here’s a corgi growth chart you can reference.

Further reading

Here are some additional resources you may find useful:

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You should now have a much clearer understanding of how much to feed your dog!

The amount always changes and is never permanent. Adjust as necessary.

If you have any questions, post ’em below.

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How much food should a corgi eat per day? ›

The breed standard calls for males to be 27 to 30 pounds, and females 25 to 28 pounds. Most of the adult neutered pets that I know, who are the right weight for their height, eat between one third and three quarters of a cup of kibble a day. Half a cup a day is a common average. This is the total amount for the day.

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How much should my corgi? ›

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How much should I feed my corgi reddit? ›

We started at a cup and a half per day and then followed the guide on the bag for her weight/age, 2 1/2 cups a day split over two meals.

Should Corgis eat twice a day? ›

Dogs should eat at least two meals each day, about 12 hours apart. But a breakfast, lunch, and dinner schedule is an equally great option.

How long can Corgis go without food? ›

Most healthy dogs can go up to five days without food, though that number is only true if your pet is still drinking plenty of water. Some can even go up to seven days without, though you should never let things get that far without taking your dog to the vet.

What do Corgis love the most? ›

Corgi dog owners know this is a lively and energetic breed. They're smart and highly trainable, which means they need plenty of attention, or you'll find them making their own fun. Corgis love playing fetch, tug-of-war, and finding treats (or dog food) hidden in interactive puzzles.

What snacks can Corgis eat? ›

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Is peanut butter good for Corgi? ›

Yes, dogs can eat peanut butter as long as it is fed in moderation and does not contain xylitol, so get out that pet-safe peanut butter jar and share the good news.

How often should my corgi poop? ›

While the frequency of your dog's bowel movements may vary based on several factors, it is normal for him to go “do his business” between one and five times per day. Healthier is on the higher side of this range, but not too much.

Is owning a corgi hard? ›

Corgis are an extremely trainable breed thanks to their high intelligence, love for attention, and eagerness to please. However, they can be pretty bossy and independent in spite of their small size, so make sure that you are always firm and patient with them. Like any dog, leash training them early on is a must.

How many times should you walk a corgi? ›

The Kennel Club describes the Corgi as “a dog that is born busy and stays busy throughout its long life”. It's important that they get plenty of exercise and mental stimulation so daily exercise of about an hour is a must for these regal pups.

What is the right amount to feed my dog? ›

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Do Corgis eat a lot? ›

Believe it or not, corgis LOVE to eat (mine 100% does). And if they are left alone with an unlimited amount of food, most corgis will just eat themselves to death. Those pleading eyes can be hard to resist when they're begging for more food.

Can Corgi eat eggs everyday? ›

Eggs can't be the sole source of protein for your dog, as dog food contains other much-needed nutrients for any dog. Plus, since eggs are packed with protein, if your dog ingests too much it can lead to weight gain from too many calories consumed. In general, dogs shouldn't eat more than one egg per day.

How do I know if I'm feeding my dog enough? ›

Look at your dog if their waist is extremely exaggerated instead of a gradual slope your dog might be underfed. If you can see or feel the ribs and they don't seem to have any fat on them your dog is probably underfed. If your dog is losing patches of hair there may be an issue with the nutrition.

How long after eating does a dog poop? ›

How Long After Eating Does a Dog Poop? Most dogs will poop about 30 minutes after eating, or immediately after waking up. These are both great times to plan walks or exercise for your dog. Of course, all dogs have different schedules, so you'll learn what works best for your dog.

How do you know when your dog is hungry? ›

You should be able to feel individual ribs, but not see the definition of each rib. This is a good rule of thumb. If you don't feel his ribs, it means you're overfeeding him. If you see visible ribs, then your dog is truly hungry and needs more food.

Why do Corgis sleep belly up? ›

This position helps to keep your pet's body cool while reducing the build-up of tension on each paw. If your pet lives with you in a small apartment or a tiny house then they might be forced to sleep on their stomach or on the side in order to keep comfortable.

How long till a Corgi can hold its bladder? ›

Just don't expect your Corgi to hold his bladder if he is not at least 6 months old. EXERCISE/ PLAY: Save play and exercise until after your Corgi eliminates. This is because playing can stimulate elimination.

Why do Corgis hide their food? ›

“Most of the time when dogs hide things, they do so because they have an instinct to hoard or guard their food and possessions,” says Fenton.

How can you tell a corgi is happy? ›

When a dog is happy, their whole body and tail will look relaxed, and they quite often wiggle! A happy dog's whole body can wag along with their tail. A wriggling dog showing you their belly is likely to be a very happy and comfortable dog.

What makes Corgis happy? ›

Corgis are high-energy dogs and will require a moderate amount of exercise to maintain their health and happiness. They will chase a ball with surprising speed and will be eager to carry out any task given to them. In fact, they need a job or frequent activity in order to be happy.

At what age do Corgis calm down? ›

Some Corgi pups mature as they get older, and some begin to calm in adulthood at around the age of 1-2 years. Temperament is about more than just age, though. It depends on their level of training, activity levels, and stimulation, too.

Can dogs eat Cheerios? ›

They won't harm your dog, but they don't provide much benefit either. Cheerios are made from mostly whole-grain oats, which provide no essential component of your pet's diet. As a result, mass-produced Cheerio treats function only as filler—they're just empty calories when dogs need a high-energy diet.

Are Cheerios good for dogs? ›

Cheerios are bad for dogs because they're made with sugar and salt. “Cheerios contain both added salt and sugar, neither of which your dog needs in their diet,” Dr. Simon said. “Added sugar can lead to tooth decay as well as obesity and even diabetes.

Can dogs eat scrambled eggs? ›

We've got some good news for you—and your pup. “Dogs can eat eggs almost any way you like to cook them,” says veterinarian Brian Evans, DVM, the medical director at pet telehealth company Dutch. “They can be boiled, scrambled or poached.” What's more, they're a nutritious choice.

Can Corgi eat cheese? ›

While cheese can be safe to feed to your dog, there are some things to remember. Cheese is high in fat, and feeding too much to your dog regularly can cause weight gain and lead to obesity. Even more problematic, it could lead to pancreatitis, a serious and potentially fatal illness in dogs.

Can Corgi eat fried chicken? ›

Dogs cannot eat fried chicken. Like other fried foods, it is full of fat and oil, which can lead to an upset stomach or life-threatening health problems like heart disease if consumed in excess. The breading on fried chicken can contain seasonings toxic to dogs, such as garlic or onion powder.

Can dogs have cheese? ›

According to the ASPCA, "because pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), milk and other dairy-based products cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset." The takeaway: Don't give your dog cheese as part of their regular meal plan or as a frequent treat.

Why does my corgi roll in poop? ›

Masking their scent

Rolling in poo is a behaviour known as scent-rolling, and although the exact cause is not known, it's thought to be an evolutionary hangover from their descendants, wolves. In the wild, wolves have been observed rolling in poo, to mask their scent to help them sneak up on prey.

How long can a corgi go without pooping? ›

If your dog skips a day occasionally, it's not cause for concern, especially if the poop looks normal. After 48-72 hours without a bowel movement, however, it's time to call your vet, writes Dr. Ernest Ward DMV. It could the the sign of a serious health condition.

Why does my corgi keep pooping in the house? ›

If your dog keeps pooping in the house, they may have a health issue, or something might have changed in their routine, diet, or home environment that's causing the accidents. The first step is to rule out a medical reason, which involves making an appointment to see your veterinarian.

Are corgis OK to be left alone? ›

If you're going to be out of the house a lot, make sure you choose a breed that's comfortable alone. Dog breeds that can be left alone include Labrador Retrievers, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, and Corgis (Welsh and Pembroke varieties).

What is negative about corgi? ›

Corgis are not known for being a “healthy breed”. From spine problems to skin allergies, corgis are prone to a variety of health problems. Although most of their common health problems are manageable and non-life-threatening, they can be difficult for some corgi owners to manage if they are not financially well-off.

Is a corgi one of the smartest dogs? ›

Corgis have busy brains

Like most of the herding breeds, they're smart and easy to train. In fact, they're rated as the 11th smartest breed in Stanley Coren's book The Intelligence of Dogs. Corgis excel in agility, obedience, tracking and, of course, herding.

How do you tire out a Corgi? ›

There are many ways to tire out your corgi, including playing fetch, swimming, agility training, teaching them new tricks, playing tug, herding games, socialising with other dogs, and using food toys.

Should I brush my Corgi everyday? ›

Originally bred for sheepherding in the 1100s, a corgi tends to shed on a daily basis. This means it's recommended to do a daily once over with a comb or brush to remove dead hair. Brushing out a corgi is beneficial for you too.

How often do Corgis need haircuts? ›

The Corgi has a medium dense double coat and needs to be groomed every 4 – 8 weeks, with more frequent grooming during the shedding seasons of spring and fall when they change coats.

How much is a cup of dog food? ›

What is “a Cup” of Dog Food, Exactly? A few of the brands I checked with, including The Honest Kitchen and Orijen (made by Champion Petfoods), actually define their cup as being around 4.0 oz. for the former and 4.2 oz. for the latter, which allows you to determine how many calories you're actually feeding your dog.

Should you overfeed dogs? ›

Overfeeding can lead to serious health consequences like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and reduced lifespan so it's important to keep an eye out for troublesome symptoms that your dog is eating too much.

How much should I feed my 50 lb dog? ›

Medium Breeds

While the term 'medium breed' itself is vague, you can generally tell if your dog is by considering their weight. If they weigh 30 pounds, look to feed 1 ¾ cups a day. If they're 40, move that up to 2 ¼ cups. Finally, if your dog is 50 pounds, you should be giving them 2 ⅔ cups a day.

How many cups of food should a corgi eat? ›

The breed standard calls for males to be 27 to 30 pounds, and females 25 to 28 pounds. Most of the adult neutered pets that I know, who are the right weight for their height, eat between one third and three quarters of a cup of kibble a day. Half a cup a day is a common average. This is the total amount for the day.

What corgi Cannot eat? ›

Foods That Corgis Cannot Eat

One food that should not be eaten by your Corgi are eggs. Eggs can provide a decent amount of protein, but it isn't the only source. Raw eggs are the worst form to give to your Corgi, no matter how protein-packed it is; it's always best to give your Corgi cooked food.

Why do corgi bark so much? ›

Do Corgis Bark A Lot? While some dog breeds are known for being quiet, Corgis are the opposite! They love to talk and to show their excitement using their voice. Some may bark for other reasons, such as to alert to a stranger on the porch or out of boredom.

Is it good to crack an egg in dog food? ›

Offering your dog raw eggs is not just healthy but encouraged. Whether you feed raw dog food, kibble, canned food source, or even make your own homemade raw dog food, adding raw eggs or egg yolks to the mix will enhance the overall nutritional value.

Can dogs eat canned tuna? ›

Tuna is not inherently toxic to dogs, and a tiny amount will not cause mercury poisoning. If you own both a dog and a cat, make sure your pup isn't eating the feline's food, as wet cat food often contains tuna.

Can dogs eat hot dogs? ›

Because they contain so many added ingredients that are not healthy for dogs, hotdogs are not a good choice for your pooch. If you want to give your dog a treat at the barbecue, it's best to give him some plain beef, pork, or chicken that has no salt or other seasoning on it.

What Corgi Cannot eat? ›

Foods That Corgis Cannot Eat

One food that should not be eaten by your Corgi are eggs. Eggs can provide a decent amount of protein, but it isn't the only source. Raw eggs are the worst form to give to your Corgi, no matter how protein-packed it is; it's always best to give your Corgi cooked food.

Do Corgis have big appetite? ›

Corgis have a robust appetite, so it's a good idea to watch out for excessive weight gain. You can offset the risk by encouraging daily exercise, which will also satisfy your your dog's desire for lots of movement.

How many times a day should a Corgi pee? ›

The average healthy dog will produce approximately 10 to 20 ml of urine for each pound of body weight per day. Ideally adult dogs should be allowed outside to relieve themselves at least 3-5 times a day.

What snacks can corgis eat? ›

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What should you not do with a corgi? ›

Keeping Your Corgi Healthy

Provide a high-quality diet along with an exercise regimen to keep them lean and strong. Corgis can also injure their backs by jumping down off furniture or using stairs, so it's important to limit those activities as your dog ages and see a vet right away if you spot any signs of discomfort.

Is peanut butter good for corgi? ›

Yes, dogs can eat peanut butter as long as it is fed in moderation and does not contain xylitol, so get out that pet-safe peanut butter jar and share the good news.


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