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Fluffy Corgi: All We Know About The Long-Haired Corgi

Fluffy Corgi: All We Know About The Long-Haired Corgi

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If you are wondering whether your Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy will be fluffy or not, you might be a bit disappointed to know that a Fluffy Corgi is a bit like a rare Pokemon. Not that they don’t exist; it’s more that they are somewhat elusive to get your hands on.

If you’ve ever seen a Fluffy Corgi in your life, you might have thought of it as a mixed breed with a Pomeranian, perhaps. It is most likely that you have seen a purebred Pembroke Welsh Corgi, but one that is showing off the fluff gene.

This “fluff” gene is recessive, meaning it is less likely to occur in your puppy. Sometimes, only one or two Corgis in a litter turn out to be a fluf, and for that to happen, both of the Corgi parents need to carry the gene.

Because of the selective breeding and the fluff gene being considered undesirable, Fluffy Corgis are becoming rarer and rarer unless, of course, you find a breeder who is bucking the trend and is actively trying to breed the Fluffy Corgi.

The main topic of this article is to bring these rare Fluffy Corgis into light and share their awesome appearance with the world. Also, we will take a look at their genetics and how their fluf came to be. So, let’s get going.

What is a fluffy Corgi?

cute fluffy corgi playing in the park

The Fluffy Corgi is kind of a special edition in the breed. Let us clarify.

Fluffy Corgis belong to the Corgi family. Not only that, but any Corgi can be born as a “fluffy”. The breed is already well-known for its double coat and general fluffiness, so you can imagine how exciting it must be when one of them is born with even more hair!

However, there is a reason behind Corgis being born like this and it doesn’t just boil down to luck. A Corgi’s fluffiness is based on the genes that its parents carried. Now, this doesn’t automatically mean that the puppies have to be Fluffy Corgis like their parents were. Sure, if a puppy gets its fluffy gene from its mother, for instance, then there is a good chance of it having a stronger coat with more hair.

Sadly, having more hair doesn’t qualify a dog to be named a Fluffy. There is always a chance that the gene won’t work in the little Corgi baby. If this happens, then the dog is just a carrier of the gene. Perhaps it will have a baby Fluffy Corgi one day, who knows?

The fluff gene usually takes about two to three weeks to start showing up, so there is no way to tell from the get-go if you have a Fluffy on your hands or not.

At this point, you might be wondering what the rules are here? And, what makes a Corgi a true Fluffy?

Well, there are several rules. a Fluffy Corgi must have long hair on its topcoat while having an undercoat that is weaker than usual. This might seem like a small difference, but there is a good reason for them being like this.

The fluffiness comes from a genetic mutation that is caused by the FGF5 gene. This boring, scientific name is replaced by the “fluffy” gene as far as we’re concerned, but we will get back to this in a short while.

The Fluffy is not recognized as a breed

First, you need to know that there are two different versions of Corgis. The Pembroke, which we mentioned earlier, and the Cardigan.

The reason that the Fluffy Corgi is not included with these two versions is the fact that it is not recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) or any other institution for that matter.

It’s quite devastating, we know. See, the gene that is responsible for all this fluffiness is usually found in spitz breeds.

cute fluffy corgi lying on the grass

What in tarnation are Spitz breeds, and what do they have to do with anything?

Let’s go step by step.

Spitz-breed dogs are a specific group of dog breeds that are closely related to a shared ancestor. They are wolf-like creatures, with almond-shaped eyes and pointy ears and they come in all shapes and sizes. Another trait they share is their warm and rugged double coats. Breeds that belong to this group are, for instance:

• the Keeshond

• the Samoyed

• the Chow Chow

• the Swedish Vallhund

• the Norwegian elkhound

You might notice that Corgis are not on the list, but they do share some traits with all of these doggos!

The Corgi has the same pointy ears, eyes, and in some cases, long double coats. But, at some point in time, these pups’ genes altered enough for it to not share all of the necessary traits to be a Spitz breed. Because of this, the Fluffy Corgi does not belong to the Spitz club. Instead, it is now its own little creature with a few versions under its belt. That is not a bad record by any measurement.

But, with all of that said, the Fluffy Corgi sadly doesn’t fall into the Corgi club or the Spitz club. Even showrooms refuse to recognize them as a breed!

Well, if it means anything, we accept them as they are! And, with some Fluffy Corgi breeders being focused exclusively on making them more common, there is no telling what the future holds for these fluffy meatballs.

However, this does make some people angry. The fluffy gene, when active, is considered a fault by some dog experts. They do have some good reasons to think that, don’t worry. We will be on top of that soon. But first, let’s clarify all of this so we can carry on.

What is a Fluffy Corgi?

Well, the most obvious answer would be that it is either a Pembroke Welsh Corgi or a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, but fluffier. This doesn’t make them special enough for the dog world to accept them, and that is fine, but they are worth mentioning, at least!

The fluffy gene

fluffy corgi on the beach

We mentioned multiple times that there is this “fluff” gene that makes a Corgi’s coat grow fuller and longer. But, what is it exactly? How does it work?

To better understand this, we need to go over a thing or two about genes. Now, don’t worry, we won’t be diving into biology class mode. We just need to explain some things about these fascinating chemicals that pretty much determine how our pups behave, what they look like, and basically everything else about them!

Your dog’s body operates with the help of genes. As we probably all know, genes are one of the integral parts of the DNA and provide all the information that cells need to work. In short – genes are the boss, and your dog’s body does what they tell it to do. This is just the way your dog’s body works, and so does a human’s.

Now, you probably came across the claim that humans having blue eyes is statistically almost impossible. Dogs with blue eyes are a bit more common, but still rare. Both parents need to have blue eyes for their offspring to continue the tradition. For instance, if your mother has blue eyes, but your father has brown eyes, then your chances for blue eyes plummet.

Even dogs with blue eyes, especially Corgis, have similarly low chances of getting them. Take a look at the Blue Merle Corgi, for example. These pups have blue eyes simply because of the Merle gene.

How much hair you have, and if and when you’ll go bald, is also determined by your parents’ genes. Likewise, your Corgi depends on its genes for everything.

The FGF5 gene, or the fluffy gene as we like to call it, is a gene that somehow survived within the Corgi breed. We use the word “survive” because the breed doesn’t really need it. It is a relic from some of the Corgi’s ancestors that just needed to stay warm in cold winter environments that they were living in at the time. Truth be told, it wasn’t this exact gene, but more on that in just a moment.

To be on the same page here, we are not saying that the hills of Wales on which Corgis have worked for centuries are covered in warm sunshine and palm trees. The breed still has quite a heavy double-coat on its body that can protect it from the weather problems that it was facing throughout the last three millennia.

Still, the gene survived. The odds were against it, but it did. But, what exactly is this FGF5 gene, scientifically speaking?

Why are some Corgis fluffy?

cute fluffy corgi training

This FGF5 is, at first glance, a magnificent gene. As we mentioned earlier, this gene comes from the Spitz Breed, and the Corgi might come from this breed also!

The FGF5 is an autosomal recessive gene. It is a mutated version of the original gene that our puppies’ ancestors used to get the warm coats they needed for winter.

The only other breed with the same FGF5 gene besides the Corgi is the Swedish Vallhund. The catch is that even though the coats that this gene produces look amazing, they may not be very useful.

The Vallhund is a working dog, just like our Corgis. But, they work in even harsher environments, which means that they are double-coated. Their coat is much more challenging than the Corgi’s coat, and it keeps them dry, warm, and safe.

The FGF5 gene can mess up that famous coat. Fluffy Vallhunds are still dogs with a double coat, but their undercoat is much smaller and doesn’t provide the necessary warmth.

You can imagine it like this: the undercoat of these dogs needs to be dense and warm while the topcoat keeps them dry and protects them from wind and other weather conditions. Well, the “fluff” gene is a confused one. It makes the hairs on the undercoat weak and less dense while all the prime stuff goes to the topcoat, making it unnecessarily long, but not very thick.

This gene is considered a serious fault in the Swedish Vallhund, and luckily, the percentage of affected dogs is low. It is quite simple – the Vallhund is still a working dog that needs the dense and healthy double coat.

On the other hand, Corgis aren’t much of a common worker anymore. So, even though the FGF5 gene is considered a fault, it is not something to worry about.

But, how does this gene end up in a Corgi, and why are there so few of them?

Well, first of all, for the FGF5 gene to get passed on to the puppy, both parents need to carry it. Sometimes, the parents are just carriers, which means that the gene won’t affect them in any way, but their offspring will get it. In these cases, the parents’ coats are a bit longer, but it is such a small difference that it is hardly noticeable.

Even with both parents being Fluffy Corgis, there is only a 25% chance of their puppies getting the gene. Typically, there will only be one or two Fluffs in the litter, and because of this, the FGF5 gene is not considered a serious fault.

However, you can imagine that a Fluffy Corgi could have quite a difficult time doing its herding dog’s duty in its home country of Wales. The long but weak coat would get soaked in the rain, and then the harsh winds would go nuts on the poor unprotected Corgi.

But, if your Fluffy companion is staying inside and you have moderate weather conditions outside, it will be just fine. More than fine, in fact, once the summer comes around, given that the Fluffy coat isn’t that heavy.

Fluffy Corgi vs regular Corgi

regular coat corgi vs fluffy corgi

The chances are that you have seen regular Corgis lots of times, but you aren’t really familiar with the Fluffy version. If that is the case, read on and discover what differentiates these two cute cousins.

Regular Corgis, be it Cardigan or Pembroke, sport a thick, weather-resistant, medium-length coat. Typically, their hair is thicker and longer around their neck, on their chest, shoulders, the back of their forelegs, and the rear of their hindquarters.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the preferred coat for Corgis is straight, although a little waviness is also allowed. This club finds thin, overly short, wiry, and soft coats to be unacceptable.

The AKC also mentions Fluffy Corgis in the breed standard, but unfortunately, it is just to say that these pups are seriously faulty.

They are described as dogs with extremely long coats with exaggerated feathering on their ears, chest, underparts, feet, legs, and hindquarters.

Even though Fluffy Corgi owners trim their dogs to look like regular corgis, they are still not allowed to join the breed’s shows.

Fluffy Corgi lying on the floor

Photo from @hudsonthefluffycorgi

What does a Fluffy Corgi look like?

There are some physical differences between Fluffy Cardigan and Fluffy Pembroke Corgis. So, we will describe them separately.

Fluffy Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The main feature of this version of Fluffy goodness is its long coat. Its chest, feet, ears, and legs have extreme feathering, so they are easily recognized.

Here are some other depictions of their appearance:

• Head: fox-like shaped

• Eyes: oval and medium-sized

• Ears: Erect and have rounded points

• Chest: Deep and well let down

• Tail: Docked as much as possible, almost invisible

When it comes to coat color, here are some of the shades considered as standard for the Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed by major kennel clubs:

• Black and Tan Fluffy Pembroke Welsh Corgi

• Sable Fluffy Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Red Fluffy Pembroke Welsh Corgi

cute fluffy corgi in garden

Fluffy Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Similar to their Fluffy Pembroke relatives, Fluffy Cardigan Welch Corgis sport an unusually long coat. These pups are double-coated, so they have denser hairs.

The American Kennel Club states that these dogs’ outer coat is a bit harsher in texture compared to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s coat. On the other hand, their undercoat is softer and thicker.

Below are other physical attributes of the Cardigan Corgi variety:

• Head: also fox-shaped, but a bit wider than the Pembrokes

• Eyes: widely set, medium to large

• Ears: Larger and more rounded compared to the Pembroke Corgi

• Chest: Rounded and appears more massive

• Tail: Long and fox-like

As for the coat colors, here are some of the shades that are acceptable:

• Brindle and White Fluffy Cardigan Welch Corgi

• Fluffy Blue Merle Corgi

• White Fluffy Cardigan Welch Corgi

• Black and White Fluffy Cardigan Welch Corgi

How big does an adult Fluffy Corgi get?

fluffy corgi on the street

The size of these Fluffy cuties, whether Cardigan or Pembroke, is similar to that of the regular Corgis. Here are some details about their size:

Fluffy Pembroke Welsh Corgi

• Height: between ten and twelve inches for both males and females

• Weight: around 25 pounds for females, and 27 pounds for males

Fluffy Cardigan Welsh Corgi

• Height: between 10.5 and 12.5 inches at the withers for both females and males

• Weight: females are between 25 and 34 pounds while males are between 30 and 38 pounds

Do Fluffy Corgis shed more than Regular Corgis?

A thing to keep in mind when it comes to Welsh Corgis, in general, is that they shed throughout the year whether their coat is fluffy or short. This goes for both the Pembroke and the Cardigan breeds.

Their shedding tendencies worsen during the winter and summer, so it is best to prepare a high-quality brushing tool. We also wouldn’t recommend these pups if you have allergies or have a member of the family who is sensitive to dog-related allergies because they aren’t really hypoallergenic.

How to groom your Fluffy Corgi

fluffy corgi with tongue out

The fluffiness of your Corgi’s coat varies over time, so we cannot guarantee that these tips will work at all. That said, here is how you should try to groom them:

• Brush them in the direction where their coat grows or use the line method. The Greyhound comb is one of the tools you can use during the non-shedding seasons, and they can easily be bought from Amazon.

• If you don’t wanna use a furminator to remove your pup’s hair during their extreme bi-annual shedding, then you should purchase a good quality dog rake. Aim to use this on your dog weekly during winter and summer when they shed too much.

• You should bathe your Fluffy Corgi once every four to six weeks. This helps them keep their hair clean and soft. Just remember to use a good quality shampoo and put on some conditioner.

• Trim the hairs found on their underfoot and grind their nails. Our recommendation is to use a curved shear because they are a lot easier to handle.

• Take your Corgi to a professional groomer at least twice a year. This will ensure that your pup has a proper cut and that its eyes, ears, and some other parts are carefully inspected and treated if necessary.

How do you tell if your Corgi is fluffy?

cute fluffy corgi playing in park

Oh, so you recently reserved a Corgi puppy from a reputable breeder and now you are wondering if it will turn out fluffy. Well, let us offer some tips on how to identify the fluffy type.

For starters, you need to ask the breeder about the dog’s exact age. This is a significant step in determining if their coat will grow longer.

Next, you have to visit the puppy in person while it is still being socialized with its mother and litter buddies in order to get a closer look at its coat.

If your puppy is between four and six weeks old and has excessive feathering on its ears, feet, chest, and legs, then you have a good chance of ending up with a Fluffy Cardigan Welsh Corgi or a Fluffy Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Sometimes, you will find it very hard to differentiate between the regular and the long-haired Corgis, and this is why you really have to see your puppy with its littermates in order to have a point of comparison. If that is not possible, then you should just be patient and wait to see as your cute Corgi gets older.

Fluffy Corgi Life expectancy and health problems

fluffy corgi outside on sunny day

The life expectancy of Fluffy Cardigan Welsh Corgis is between twelve and fifteen years. Fluffy Pembrokes live a bit shorter, with a lifespan of twelve to thirteen years.

Below is a list of health issues commonly found in both breeds:

• Hip dysplasia – This condition is caused by an abnormality in the hip joints of Fluffy Corgis and can lead to limping.

• Cataracts – This causes some opacity in a Fluffy Corgi’s eyes, which can lead to poor vision. The best treatment for cataracts is through surgery.

Degenerative Myelopathy – This is a progressive disease that targets the spinal cord of a dog. Pups afflicted with this become lame or even paralyzed.

• Von Willebrand’s Disease – This is a condition that prevents your pup’s blood from clotting. If a Corgi is diagnosed with this, it is most often between the ages of three and five.

• Intervertebral Disc Disease – Spinal discs are prone to ruptures, which is the main manifestation of Intervertebral Disc Disease. Since Corgis have long backs, you can see how easily they can suffer from tiny ruptures on their spinal discs.

• Epilepsy – This is a neurological ailment that causes seizures. Luckily, it can be treated successfully with early intervention.

Are Fluffy Corgi puppies more expensive?

excited fluffy corgi

Yes, Fluffy Corgis are more expensive than the regular-coated Corgis, but only because they don’t usually exist. Most of the fluffy ones are accidentally produced by some breeders, and there are maybe one or two in a bunch in a short-coated litter.

According to several professional breeders, and various listings, the average cost of Fluffy Corgis is $2,500. This is a somewhat reasonable price, especially if the dogs have complete papers, are vaccinated, and have health guarantees.

Just try to be very inquisitive with the Fluffy Corgi breeder you are dealing with. Some of them will charge $2,500 for a dog that actually came from a puppy mill.

How do you get a fluffy Corgi?

fluffy corgi playing on the beach

To help you find your next Fluffy Corgi bestie, we offer some breeders and directories you can check out:

• AKC Marketplace – Even though the AKC considers Fluffy Corgis as faulty, you can still take a shot and search for one in their directory. You can contact breeders and ask if they currently have a Fluffy in their care, or if they are maybe expecting one.

• Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, Inc (PWCCA) – Another institution you should keep in mind when looking for a Fluffy Corgi is the PWCCA. You can easily access the breeder membership directory on their website and then get the contact numbers of those you deem reputable.

• Magnolia Creek Corgis – All of the Fluffy beings produced by this organization are raised in homes, so you can expect them to be better socialized. Their puppies also go through necessary checkups and come with health guarantees.

• The Perfect Corgi – Similar to the last one, this institution also offers a health warranty for their pups. The Perfect Corgi is also affiliated with puppy financing organizations, so at least you won’t be overwhelmed with your puppy’s initial cost.

If buying a Fluffy Corgi is a bit expensive for you, you can always try adopting one! Here are some Corgi rescues you can check out:

• East Coast Corgi Rescue – This rescue is run and financed by volunteers, and is located in Washington. Their goal is to rescue and foster Welsh Corgis no matter what variety. They even keep Corgi mixes in their facility.

• Southeast Corgi Rescue – Another non-profit rescue composed of volunteers, and located in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Corgis in their care are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, vetted, and microchipped. Sounds awesome, right?

• PWC Rescue Network – This rescue is run by the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, which we mentioned above, and provides a temporary home to abandoned Corgis. The pups in their care are assessed, and if fit, put on adoption for interested Corgi enthusiasts.

• Mayflower Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club, Inc – This is an affiliate of the PWCCA, and this club has a program dedicated to rescuing purebred Corgis, both fluffy and regular. But, the dogs that are under their care are five to six years old, so if you are looking specifically for a puppy, then you might be a bit disappointed.

Are there fluffy Corgi mixes?

Given the rarity of the fluffy Corgi, this might be a bit of a stretch. However, it is possible to come across a fluffy corgi that has been mixed with some other popular breeds. Here are some of the most popular Corgi mixes around:

Pomeranian Corgi mix

Australian Shepherd Corgi mix

Golden Retriever Corgi mix

Dalmatian Corgi mix

Shiba Inu Corgi mix

Labrador Retriever Corgi mix

Boxer Corgi mix

Corgi: Fluffy or not?

cute fluffy corgi playing on the beach

Fluffy Corgis are the perfect choice for people who love a regular Corgi’s temperament, but wish to own a uniquely handsome pup with a long coat.

Fluffy Corgis can simply be described as cuteness overload, and you can expect to cuddle with them for many years!

The one downside of having this fluffball as a household pet is the constant shedding, and its tendency to ruin your furniture if you leave it alone for too long.

But, all of this can be put aside when you think about the great times you will have with your new best friend!

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