We receive many questions all to do with corgis and running. From whether they make good running partners, to how far they can go and how fast they can run… Everything will be answered below!
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How Far Can Corgis Run?
An adult corgi can run for about 1 to 2 miles at a time. This is not very far compared to many other breeds. Due to their short legs, corgis are better at sprinting short distances rather than running long distances.
Puppies (under 1 year) or seniors (over 8 years) should not be running long distances or sprinting often. Puppies and seniors have fragile joints and it’s crucial that we help protect them. Puppies and seniors are better suited to easy/moderate walking.
What about walking?
Most healthy adult corgis can walk for 5-7 miles at a time. This is assuming the pace is easy, the weather isn’t too warm, and the walking surface is comfortable. If you are on a hike that’s more challenging, the distance they can go may be less.
As before, puppies or seniors should definitely not walk this far in order to protect their vulnerable joints. Puppies and seniors should stick to easy 1-3 mile walks at a maximum.
- Consider a dog backpack carrier for corgis! This can enhance hikes, and walks, and you can bring your corgi with you to places you wouldn’t usually be able to.
How Fast Can Corgis Run?
Despite having short little legs, the average corgi can run at an impressive 25mph (40 kph) with some reaching up to 28mph. For their size, this is extremely quick. The average human can run at around 10-14 mph.
Of course, corgis can’t maintain these speeds for very long. These speeds are reserved for precious games of fetch and chasing after wild rabbits spotted in the bushes.
Look at this pup go!
Are Corgis Good Running Partners?
If you like jogging short distances 1-2 miles (1.5-3km), then yes corgis will be a good running partner for you. However, if you want to go further, then your Corgi should remain at home.
As explained above, Corgis are better at quick sprints and are not long-distance runners. Although they can walk far distances, their little legs cannot run for more than 1-2 miles. Many corgis may refuse to run further than 1 mile.
When Can You Start Running With a Corgi?
It’s best to wait until your Corgi is at least 12-14 months of age before running with them. Veterinarians recommend waiting until their joints, muscles, bones, and ligaments are sufficiently developed and strong enough. This avoids injuries.
Forcing your Corgi to run too soon could result in serious injuries and in worse cases, back issues (IVDD). This goes for short sprints and running “long distances”.
Is Running Bad For Corgis?
Healthy adult Corgis can safely run or sprint so long as it’s not all the time. But when it comes to puppies or seniors then yes, running can potentially be bad.
To some extent, running will actually be good for your adult Corgi as it will keep their muscles working and their endurance high. But too much fast pace running can lead to serious injuries or limping. Always use good judgment and never push your Corgi too hard (even adults).
Puppies should not be encouraged to do a lot of running (chasing the ball a few times here and there is fine). This goes for seniors too. Their bodies are simply too fragile and we must preserve their joint health.
8 Tips For Running With Your Corgi
Let’s run through some of the best tips that owners should know before running with their corgi.
1. Choose an appropriate running surface
It’s advised to run on grass or mud over concrete/pavement. Running for too long on concrete can cause serious blisters and painful sores on the bottom of your Corgi’s paws. Running on mud and grass will avoid a trip to the vets!
2. Avoid bad weather
The ideal temperature range is between 8-18C (45-65F). Anything over this will already be too hot for your Corgi and the chances of dehydration or heatstroke increase dramatically. Additionally, temperatures under this could end up being too cold (especially if it’s windy or damp)
3. Consider distances
1-2 miles is not a very far distance for us humans to run, but it is for your Corgi. Be sure you plan your route so that you aren’t running for more than 1 mile away from home, as you’re going to need to run back too. If you want to go further than 2 miles, it’s best if your Corgis sits this one out.
4. Use a hands-free leash
Using a hands-free leash is a must. This frees up your hands to run better, but it’s also safer for both you and your corgi. These leashes usually include a section of bungee cord to avoid jolting each other unexpectedly. In addition to this, It’s not advised to run “off-leash” with your Corgi.
5. Plan your route
Planning your route in advance will help you be sure of the distance, and help you to avoid busy areas. The fewer distractions the safer your run will be. If possible, avoid all narrow walkways and roadside pavements.
6. Let your Corgi set the pace
If you’re running with your Corgi, now’s not the time to set PRs! Let your Corgi set a comfortable pace which should look like a steady trot. This will also allow you to keep your Corgi by your side or slightly in front. You always want to be able to see your Corgi when running.
7. Stop frequently for breaks
We can easily go for many miles without stopping or drinking, but we shouldn’t make our dogs do this too. Stop every 5 minutes or so and offer your Corgi a sip of water (not too much). Try bringing a dog water bottle/bowl combo to make it easy.
8. Keep an eye on your Corgi
Lastly, it’s crucial to keep an eye on your Corgi and watch for signs of discomfort. If your Corgi looks to be slowing down or struggling you may need to cut the run short and head back home. If it’s really bad, you may even need to scoop your Corgi up.
Can Corgis Go Hiking?
Yes, corgis can go hiking. Hiking is an excellent alternative to walking, it’s slightly more challenging but a whole lot more interesting!
Hiking will offer plenty of additional mental stimulation as well as physical exercise. Various smells, new sights, and things to experience will keep your Corgi happy and satisfied more so than the average walk along the same route.
Just be sure to keep an eye on your Corgi and consider the difficulty of the hike you are on.
Should You Give a Joint Supplement To Your Corgi?
If you are frequently running or very active with your Corgi then it’s advised to speak to your vet about a joint supplement.
Joint supplements can significantly help protect and preserve joints well into your Corgi’s senior years. But be sure to get a trusted supplement from your vet instead of random over-the-counter ones.