Corgi questions-- Barkers, good apt dogs?

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    Corgi questions-- Barkers, good apt dogs?

    Are most Corgi's barkers? I get different informations in books & online, and I'm not sure what's true & what's not anymore. They say corgi's can be a good alarm clock, and good guard dog/watchdog. Yoda, my corgi is 3 months old now, and since I've had him, he barely ever barks at all. He is such a good, quiet dog. In a whole month, I've only heard about 3, single barks out of him. Each time he barked, it was when he was in a very playful mood, but other than those few barks... it's hard to even get him to bark if you tried. I can't complain though, I mean this only makes him a very good dog to me, b/c most dogs do quite a lot of barking. I was just wondering, are most Corgi puppies quiet like this? Do they get more communicative/barky as they get older?

    Also, some books say that Corgi's are not good apartment dogs, and plenty of online site say that THEY ARE. One of the reasons I got a Corgi, was b/c I heard that they were the kind of dog that didn't mind not having a yard, and that they were good apartment dogs. I mean, even in the show Dharma & Greg, there is a Corgi in their apartment. I suppose if they have the whole house, attention from people, gets out to go to the bathroom, and short walks. They really could care less about a yard.

    What do you all think?
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    Generally, Pem Corgis are quieter when they are puppies and more vocal when they get older. Some Corgis bark to get the last word in ie bark in response to other barking dogs. Some Corgis are quiet in certain circumstances and noisy in others. They are guarding and protective dogs, so they will generally bark at anything that comes into their property - birds, other animals, people.
    I have taken all my Corgis to stay in hotels, motels etc - and they have always been on their best behaviour - quiet. So of course, you can train a Corgi to be quieter than one would expect. Corgis are said to be an adaptable dog so they can live very well and comfortably in an apartment - so long as they are taken out for walks at least three a day and two of those being a major walk.
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    When Yoda gets barked at by another dog, or sees other dogs, he remains quiet. If he hears a dog barking in the distance, he will turn to the direction he hears it coming from, but he still remains very quiet. If someone knocks at my door, or new people come to the house, he also remains quiet. He will show obvious excitement, by running up to anyone, and wiggling his butt all over the place, licking & jumping, but no barking at all. It's extremely rare to hear his bark. He definitely has one, but hardly ever uses it. Every now and then, he will whine or cry, but it's only for about a minute or two, then he quiets down.

    Thanks for the info.
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    My Lady, I would consider a moderate barker. She'll bark if someone comes home and if she hears dogs or doors opening on TV. She'll also bark when the school bus pulls up to let kids out next to our house. But for the most part she doesn't bark at all. What is cool is that when she does bark, she doesn't sound like a wimpy dog. She sounds like a dog should sound. I guess I feel that it is at least better than hearing some yappy sound. She doesn't bark when she sees people on our walks or rollerblading trips. She just gets very anxious to see them up close.
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    If he is still young like he looks in the avatar picture, then he'll warm up eventually a bark. Lady didn't bark at all when we first got her. Be sure that since you have now said that he doesn't bark: he'll start barking soon. It happened to me shortly after I told people that she never barks.
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    Don't forget that your gorgeous Corgi is only a puppy - but at least you can say is that it is a good starting point re the non-barking.
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    Chip will bark if he hears a strange noise, if someone comes to visit or if he sees a strange dog outside of our fence. He sounds like he is a great big dog. He also will bark 3 or 4 times when I have to go away and leave him to let me know he isn't happy. He also barks at lady when he is herding her to the bathroom to eat her supper. He also aaarrooos and rooos and puff barks so I guess my Chip is a bit vocal. Having said all that, I would think that each corgi is a little different so that is probably why you get all the conflicting statements.
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    Once I read that a dog shouldn't get possessive about their home, (protective) until they are almost a year old. If they start barking much at strangers sooner than that it could indicate they may become biters. Anyway, I feel Yoda is much too young to be feel the need to bark.
    About apartment dogs, I have a large lot but it is not fenced so I take Duchess out on a leash and sometimes let her loose at the back of my property where she can chase squirrels. I walk her twice a day down a country road and try to get her off the leash at a dog park once a day.
    Duchess is not an active dog and hardly ever "Fraps". She is a good canidate for an apartment dog.
    It is the attention the pets get that is important. Not whether they have a yard.
    A pair of gorgious Great Danes that we meet frequently at the dog park live in an apartment.
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    Jane: I have never heard of that before. I have 4 dogs and none of mine are biters but they all will let me know if someone has driven in the yard or come through the gate. The only time they don't bark is when my husband or myself come home and then they meet us at the door. They are not continuous barkers - they just sound the alarm or greeting. Chip and Maybelle both about the same age will walk the fenceline every morning to see if an invasion has occurred during the night. When Digger was just a young puppy about 2 - 3 months old, we took him camping and a bear walked through our campsite. Digger growled and barked until the intruder went away but he wasn't a biter either. I live out in the country so I am glad for the added security.
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    Mine bark when someone is on the porch. But other than that they dont hang out and bark at birds or anything like that.

    I would consider mine good apartment dogs. We dont have a fenced yard either, but mine get lots of excersize.

    I have heard of many an owner being able to make barkers more quite.
    Good luck.
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    Cody will bark when the door bell rings or when someone is first coming in through the door - he will usually go over to check out who it is. He will bark if I am playing fetch with him and he anticipates the toy being thrown.

    However, one night, some prankster rang our door bell at 2 in the morning, and Cody's crate was within 8 feet of the front door and he never made a peep so much for protecting us.

    My previous Corgi was not a barker at all.
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    Corgis "should" be alarm type barkers - that is bark to alert you something is up or amiss. They can get barky due to boredom, lack of stimulation and exercise, which sometimes happens with apartment dogs. Barking can also be an individual thing - some are just more barky than others. I have known of cases where apartment corgis became so vocal their owners were faced with losing their home or giving up their dog or having it taken away. In some cases, de-barking proved to be an answer to their dilemma. Do keep in mind and context these were extreme situations and cases.

    Great Danes, doesn't surprise me they would be okay in apartments. Large dogs often don't need as much exercise as smaller dogs do. Greyhounds are excellent apartment dwellers. They do need opportunity to get out and run from time to time, but their general activity/busy level is much lower than corgis for example.

    Short answer to your question though, is yes corgis can be fine apartment dogs as they are highly adaptable. I do suggest you not believe everything you see on TV though. On Dharma and Greg, there were two Cardigans playing the role. Dogs are highly, highly trained for TV and/or movies to get the image down that fits in with the show, which is not necessarily reflective of real life living with them. In the Disney version of Murder She Purred, 3 Pems played the role of Tucker, each of them having special apptitude for certain tricks that were needed. On the old TV show LA Law there was once a court case involving a top winning show dog (an Afghan Hound) which had been bred by a "mutt" (a tan pointed Cardigan Welsh Corgi in reality). The resulting litter, which was brought into the courtroom was a litter of Bernese Mountain Dog puppies. So basing a choice of dog breed by what one sees on a television sitcom or drama is not the most academic way to go.

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    You have already been given great advise, I would like to add one more comment. I trained Dylan to bark on & more importantly off, on command.

    Montrose, she was more of a barker than my males when she was younger. I am wondering if the females are a bit more vocal by nature? Or maybe because the female is alpha to the male? Debbie?

    In fact, if something is a miss, he will look to Montrose, if she does not bark, then Dylan usually won't either. And since my girl's hearing is not what it was, it makes the house quieter.

    I did this when he was a pup and it has really paid off, mind you, that works only if you are home with the dog.
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