The Corgi is one of the most intelligent and lovable dog breeds. Why wouldn’t you want to give them the best dog food on the market?
They deserve it for being a dog fit for royalty and loyal to the core. The key to finding the best for your Corgi is to make sure the dog food is meat-based instead of grain-based – assuming your Corgi has no pre-existing medical abnormalities or issues with thyroid, heart, and other major organs.
Why Meat-Based Dog Food is the Best
Feeding dogs a grain-based diet does not give them the right nutrients for healthy skin, bones, and hair. A grain-based diet can also cause a dog to consume too many calories, especially if the dog food is primarily corn-based. You can tell if it is corn-based if the first ingredient listed on the label is corn rather than chicken, lamb or beef.
Meat-based dog food offers the following benefits:
- Provides needed protein and amino acids for a healthy body and heart, as the majority of a dog’s body is composed of protein
- The nutrients in meat will help oxygenate the body, help in digestion and break down the waste products
- Regulates chemical changes
- Maintains proper weight and right muscle mass
- Reverses age-related skeletal muscle issues, especially in older dogs
If it comes down to a choice of meat or corn, opt for meat because corn (or soybean) are gluten meals and therefore highly allergenic. Corn is also a poor protein and is used by many dog food companies as a filler ingredient. Soybean, on the other hand, can cause allergies because it is an incomplete, low-quality protein.
It has natural toxins that can hamper digestion and lead to a deficiency in amino acid. Soybeans are often given as a source of estrogen, but if your Corgi has been neutered, then your pet won’t need estrogen. Excessive estrogen can lead to cancer and thyroid problems.
The Eating Habits of a Corgi
A Corgi has a healthy appetite and can eat fast. They, and especially younger Corgis, also burn their calories quickly. According to the highly respected National Research Council of the National Academies, an average adult
Corgi needs around 780 calories daily, which should come from quality dog food. Corgis like to eat three times a day – four times for puppies. The food must be measured because they can easily overeat if given the chance, and gain too much weight.
When a Corgi is overweight, it can suffer from heart problems, respiratory and back problems, bleeding, and bloating, among other conditions.
Best Corgi Dog Food
Here are a few of the top Corgi dog food products in the market:
Acana Grasslands Regional Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food
Acana by Champion Petfoods is known for its “biologically-appropriate” dog food. This company has been around for over 25 years, and its products have won multiple awards. The Grassland Regional Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food contains lamb, rainbow trout, free-run quail, fruits, vegetables, and nest laid eggs.
It is low in carbs and rich in protein. It does not have any grain or plant protein, and its lamb is freeze-dried, so your dog will savor the full flavor of the meat.The Grassland Regional (USA) is one of four regional dry dog foods by Acana. The others are Wild Atlantic, Meadowland, and Appalachian Ranch.
The Grassland product is best for dogs with food allergies to commercial brands, although you may want to check if your Corgi can handle a high-protein diet before shifting entirely to this product.
Wilderness Blue Buffalo High Protein Dry Adult Dog Food
Blue Buffalo dog foods are the brainchild of couple Bill and Jackie Bishop and their Airedale Terrier. Their dog food uses wholesome whole grain and is available in puppy, adult, and senior formulas. The Wilderness variant is their grain-free, de-boned, salmon-based dog food product.
They use chelated minerals and a patent they call LifeSource bits, which is a combination of cold-formed antioxidants and vitamins.According to the company, the Wilderness dog food was inspired by the food of wolves. Aside from salmon, it has chicken and fish meal, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, peas, blueberries, and cranberries.
This product is perfect for Corgis because the kibble size is about the size of a dime, so there is no chance of choking or chewing. The only negative feedback you may hear about this product is its high price compared to other commercial dry dog food; but then in exchange, you get the best.
Orijen Adult Dry Dog Food
Orijen Adult Dry Dog Food is made by Orijen, a Canadian company. It is 85% top-quality animal ingredients with the rest of formulation composed of botanicals, vegetables, and fruits. Its meat ingredients are chicken and turkey liver, which are both freeze-dried to preserve the flavor.
It has no plant oils.One of the features of this brand is the hardness of the kibbles, which are easy to chew, even for dogs smaller than the Corgi. One cup of Orijen is equivalent to about 470 calories and only uses ingredients that can be easily digested – which is perfect for show dogs like the Corgi.
There is a small (3%) chance that your dog will be allergic to this high-protein diet so it would be best to try a sample first before buying the larger bag.Overall, though, this product has received a stellar reputation for being one of the best dry dog foods on the market today.
Best Puppy Food for Corgis
Corgi puppies are unique in that they do not develop the same as other small puppy breeds. For this reason, some vets recommended feeding Corgi puppies the diet of a large-breed dog. On the other hand, a high-protein diet is not bad, provided you keep the calcium level below 3.3% and above 0.33/59%.
You might also want to add a little water to the kibbles so they are more palatable.It should also be noted that buying large bags of puppy food is not recommended because puppies go through the bag rather slowly, and old puppy dog food can cause digestion issues.
Orijen Puppy Grain-Free
One of the signs of a great puppy food is the stool. With Orijen, you get a firm and well-formed stool. Corgi puppies usually love this brand because it is very rich and fit for a puppy that tends to develop quickly.
It would be a good idea to give your puppy a little variety by adding some plain yogurt, home-cooked plain vegetables or water to help with digestion; that is unless your puppy experiences gas or diarrhea.
This product has no artificial ingredients or additives, but rotating might help prevent issues with a high-protein diet. You can also try limiting the Orijen feeding to half a cup, twice a day.
Like all Orijen products, the price can be the one aspect that may make you hesitate to use it, but for Corgis, who grow up quickly, you probably will only be using the puppy dry food variety for a semester.
Earthborn Holistic Puppy Vantage
Made by the US company Wells Pet Food, Earthborn Holistic is a high-protein diet of chicken and whitefish, brown potatoes, barley, and oatmeal. It has the frequently discussed DHA critical for the proper development of puppies. Wells Foods is known to have a reputation for using renewable energy.
Although it is high in protein, it is gentle on the digestive system and comes in small kibbles. Moreover, this product has had no product recalls, and its price is much more affordable than Orijen.
If your puppy enjoys this product, you can expect firm stool, soft hair, and a healthy appetite. Not all puppies take to this product and may experience poor digestion or soft stools.
Canidae Grain-Free PURE Foundations Puppy
Probably one of the best puppy foods for Corgis, the grain-free Canidae brand is made of whole foods like fresh chicken and is best recommended for dogs with sensitive digestive systems.
Canidae has been around since 1996 and is known for its use of probiotics, omega 6 and three fatty acids that help a puppy enjoy a healthy immune system.
This particular puppy variant also has peas, dried whole egg, and lentils. A 30-pound bag will stay fresh for 30 days after opening, which means minimal waste if any at all. It has 32% crude protein and 4% fiber.
Initially, your dog will poop more often with this dog food if he (or she) was taking a different brand because of the fiber content but this should taper off once they gets used to the formula. Picky dogs love this brand!
Ingredients to Know
It must be stressed that a 100% meat diet is also bad for your Corgi. Meat has a high phosphorus content, and low calcium content, which means too much meat is bad for dogs – just as with humans.
Thus, keep to the meat-based diet but choose chicken or beef without too much fat, no skin, and no garlic or other strong seasonings. You can give your Corgi plain yogurt, fish oil, rice, oats, and grain-free biscuits.Some of the foods that you should never give your Corgi include chocolate, Macadamia nuts, corn, soya-based produce, raisin, grapes, bread, food coloring, lettuce, and dairy products.
Also, if your Corgi is pregnant, you will want to watch the calcium levels because this can be harmful. Protein content for all Corgis should be at least 30%, and fat should be at least 18%.
It is also wrong to supplement a dog’s diet with table food because it can upset the scientifically balanced dry dog food and expose your dog to certain spices not good for digestion.
Common Health Problems of Corgis
A Corgi lives up to 13 years on average, but health issues can compromise the quality of life. The top three health problems common to Corgis are:Slipped Disc and Bad Back– Corgis are vulnerable to intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), which is caused by cartilage degeneration common to dwarf dogs.
Affected are not just the back but also the legs and feet. When this happens, your dog will not want these areas touched because of pain. This can be avoided by watching the diet of the dog and making sure he does not reach even two pounds overweight.
You can also make sure your puppy avoids jumping, especially from high places.Obesity– When a Corgi starts to gain too much weight, this makes him vulnerable to a shortened life span. The dog’s joints will suffer and may cause it to develop complications such as torn ligaments, muscle pain, hip dysplasia, and arthritis.Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
This condition usually happens late in the life of a Corgi and has been called the dog version of ALS. If your dog gets it, it can start at the age of eight. The worst case scenario is paralysis after a year, if not death.
Fortunately, this does not happen often and even with a 51% chance among Corgis, very few of the dogs at risk get it.
What your Corgi eats will reflect on the quality of life he or she will enjoy, not just in the present but as your dog ages. Making sure that he gets the right nutrition and diet will ensure a happy, satisfied, and full life.