Pembroke Welsh Corgis’ fur

Pembroke Welsh Corgis’ fur is scaaaaary! for many who think of a Pembroke.

The things you read about pems’ fur on the internet and in owners' kind jokes! One of which is that a pembroke molts twice a year for 180 days . Let me say that I've seen tons of hair in an apartment with a Pembroke, and I've seen the exact opposite, where floors are clean and dogs are well-groomed.

It is worth noting that absolutely all dogs, except hairless dogs, shed. Gradual change of coat happens all year round.

The Welsh Corgi Pembroke is a dog breed with a double coat type that does not require cutting.
Corgis’ hair is perfect and easy to care for due to its moderate length and regular structure. It is excellent against temperature changes and provides protection against insects, thorns and prickles.

In order to keep your Pembrokes’ coat well-groomed and to avoid having a second dog worth of fur on the floor, you should comb your pet 2-3 times a week with a long-toothed metal comb.

Washing your dog is recommended as and when it gets dirty. If your beloved Pembroke has wallowed in mud or swam in a puddle, simply rinse the dirt and sand from above with water, without shampooing. The Welsh Corgi Pembroke coat cleans up well on its own.
Shampoo and conditioner are chosen individually from professional lines for home care. Show cosmetics should not be used unless necessary.

After washing, a pembroke should definitely be dried. A great helper is a suede towel, which can be purchased at any auto store, as well as at specialty dog and cat pro cosmetics stores. Drying can take place either naturally or with a hair dryer or compressor.

You will need a hair dryer with at least 2400 watts of power. A huge disadvantage of the hair dryer is that it heats itself up very quickly and gives off very hot air that burns the skin and dries out the hair. When using a hair dryer, be sure to let it cool down. Also, the process of drying the hair dryer until the dog is completely dry, is quite lengthy.
A compressor for drying dogs is a professional tool. It is very noisy and consumes a lot of electricity, but it significantly reduces the time for drying a pet. They come in heated and unheated, twin-engine and single-engine. For a pembroke, a single-engine compressor with air heating is enough.

This thing is also a must have during molting! You don't have to buy a compressor for home grooming, although they are quite affordable now at the price of, roughly speaking, a good hair dryer.

Welsh Corgi Pembroke Molting and How to Get Through It

There are seasonal and juvenile shedding (age-appropriate, when a puppy changes from a baby coat to an adult coat). In some dogs, they coincide at the juvenile age.

Juniors have the most extensive shedding and some dogs go practically bald, while others lose a couple shreds and grow back quickly.

It's not that bad if you put in a little effort.

The problem is solved by frequent combing with "rake" or by "express shedding" at the groomers.

You can do it yourself if you have a compressor that knocks out the dead hair, but keep in mind that the whole room will be covered with hair from floor to ceiling. If you don't trust a groomer, you can use a groomer rental service in the salon and do all the procedures yourself, leaving the pleasure of cleaning the "second pembroke" from the ceiling to specially trained people.

What is an "express grooming?" It is essentially a hair bath.

  • First, we need to steam the hair, to open the pores and prepare for the removal of dead hair by thoroughly soaking it with very warm water (not boiling water! We are washing the dog, not boiling it).
  • We apply a cleansing shampoo and rinse the hair. The next step is to apply a conditioner or a mask for 20-30 minutes. Additionally, you can wrap the dog with a warm towel for better effect.
  • We wash the dog and dry it with a compressor under the comb, i.e., at the same time combing the coat with a rake and blowing out dead hair.
Such procedure at the beginning of molting allows us to remove a lot of dead hair and speed up the process of hair renewal. When the dog has already molted, the effect is the same as with the regular complex washing.

Some groomers advise brushing the dog initially and then proceeding with the wash. This is a bad idea, because in the process of combing out the dirty hair, you can get an infection under the skin.

You absolutely should not use a furminator and a stripper - these are mechanical hair clippers! They will not save you from the amount of hair, but only damage the hair, which will take a very long time to grow back and the dog will look like a moth-eaten fur coat.

When attending a groomer, make sure that the groomer is familiar with breed grooming specifics and will not cut your dog's hair with a clipper!

Corgis don't get haircuts! If you want a haircut, get another breed!

Fluffy and dogs with lots of hair on the butt ("poop path") can be given a hygienic haircut, you can trim sticking out hair, but do not trim a Pembroke's butt like a Spitz.

In conclusion, I would like to say that pembroke fur is much easier to clean off the floor, unlike the fur of smooth-haired breeds, which sticks into furniture and clothes like needles. I have something to compare it to. After Doberman and French bulldog fur, Pembroke fur is nothing and a good vacuum cleaner does a great job picking it up.

Is it true that a corgi smells like an outdoors sheepdog?

Not true! The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has its own smell (it's alive after all), and it's very individual. A lot depends on personal perception of odors. For people with a heightened sense of smell, any dog will smell like a dirty dog. And of course, the attitude towards the dog is very important - if it is a beloved family member, this smell is perceived as "native" and any dog will smell, but not your own.

The smell depends primarily on the diet, if you feed poor quality food or cheap food, then the dog will have an odor, no matter how often you bathe it. The most active smell comes from a wet dog.

You can't take away your pet's natural odor, but you can reduce it:
  • Regular bedding changes and washing with disinfectants. I have great respect for TH4+.
  • Comb your dog's hair at least once a week and wash as the odor develops, but don't overuse shampoos, then the coat will get less dirty. Only use professional products and never use human shampoos.
  • Don't sprinkle your dog with perfume or deodorant, it may cause an allergy, and your pembroke will quickly get rid of this unpleasant odor outside by soaking in something more fragrant. The smell of Chanel mixed with rotten fish is a delight to behold!
  • Keep an eye on your dog's health and nutrition. A healthy dog on a balanced diet is virtually odor-free.