Are you thinking of getting a corgi in Vancouver? Congrats! Corgis are wonderful pets and we would know because we’re proud owners of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi ourselves.
We decided to get a corgi for a pet because we’ve talked about it for a couple years and Covid has grounded us from traveling around like we usually do. This was the perfect time for us to bring home a new member to the GoAheadFoodies household and we love Truffle. We’ve learned a few things about having a corgi in Vancouver and would love to pass our tips and advice to you.
1. YOUR CORGI WILL LIKELY HAVE A TAIL
You’re probably used to all the Instagram pictures of corgis with a stumpy little tail. Historically, corgis have their tails docked however it is illegal to dock dog tails in British Columbia. If you get your corgi from a breeder locally, chances are your corgi will have a tail. Rest assured, your corgi will still be very cute with a tail!
We personally think Truffle’s tail suits him very well! It’s so cute on him!
2. GET READY FOR THE BILLS
Vancouver is an expensive city – everyone know this! Getting a corgi in Vancouver is also going to be a bit hard on the wallet. The cost of going to the vet, pet insurance, toys and food add up quickly. We’ve compared dog walking costs across Canada and found that Vancouver ranks amongst the highest. Be prepared for big expenses in a notoriously expensive city.
3. APARTMENT LIVING? MAKE IT EASY FOR YOURSELF
A lot of people in Vancouver and the surrounding cities live in apartments. If you’re one of them and you’re getting a corgi in Vancouver, the constant potty breaks will wear you down if you have to use the elevators a lot. Our recommendation is that if you have a patio, get a grass patch out there. It’ll make 2am and 4am potty breaks a lot easier.
We bought a large plastic tray and grass sod from Lawn Boy on Cambie Street. The solution was we DIY’d our own lawn patch on our patio. The tray was about $20 and the grass sod which we change out every 3 weeks is only $3.90 for a patch of grass. Savvy savings!
We recommend all Vancouver puppy owners who have a new puppy doing potty training do this patio grass patch! It’ll make your life so much easier!
4. RECRUIT YOUR FRIENDS FOR HELP
Everyone looooves corgis because they’re so delightful and cute. If you’re feeling burnt out from being a pawrent to a new puppy, turn to your friends for help! Your friends are probably more than happy to take your corgi off your hands for a few hours to give you a break.
It’s also probably a good idea to have a list of pet sitters queued up for when you can travel again. Most friends in Vancouver who like dogs but can’t have any are going to be delighted to help out.
We hope you have fun welcoming your furry friend into your family! Corgis are a bundle of joy to be around and we’re so happy with Truffle (even when he’s naughty!). If you have any questions, drop us a comment or find us on our Instagram.