This corgi seriously wants his ball (video)

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  • hollywoodstein

    I know the feeling.

  • I like to look at intelligence in this way: animals are “smart” for their species. Dogs aren’t dumb, they’re “dog smart.” Just like we aren’t dumb, we’re “people smart.”

    We’d make terrible dogs and dogs would make terrible people, and we only view dogs as “dumb,” because they’re not always good at doing people things.

    Personally, I think dogs show exceptional intelligence in being able to interact with us so well, and there’s a whole host of species across the Globe that wow me everyday, from species that can recognize themselves in the mirror to several bird species which communicate so well that it’s speculated they actually have grammatical structure in their ‘language.’

    In fact, while we like to think of ourselves as the only ‘intelligent’ species in the world, I really think our biggest advantages in a lot of ways is our opposable thumbs and the ability to stand upright. Several other species out there honestly aren’t that far behind on the intelligence scale — and not even just mammals. If they had opposable thumbs and the ability to stand upright, maybe they would have developed like we have, too.

  • Corgis are beautiful dogs, bright and lots of fun, but they *are* herders and therefore not for everyone.

    That’s one of the mistakes a lot of first time dog owners make that can lead to disaster — getting the wrong breed. People shouldn’t try to necessarily get the “smartest” breed or the most active for their first dog, nor any kind of breed who’s instinct is to herd or guard, unless they really know what they’re getting themselves into and are looking for those traits.

    That’s not to say corgis should only be for ‘expert’ dog families, there are many more ‘difficult’ breeds (not the best word to describe what I’m going for, since it’s more about matching dogs to families, but good enough). They’re just going to take slightly more work and attention than, say, my Silky Terrier, who after she turned three or four, has as her favorite activities going for long walks when the weather’s nice, sniffing around the house for food and trying to sleep on my shoulder, after plastering me with a million doggy kisses when I first get home.

    With rare exceptions, I’ll never get how someone couldn’t be a dog person. They’re basically genetically designed to make humans happy. They do take a little work, but are absolutely worth it… assuming you spend the time and research to make sure you get the right dog.

  • GoBlue

    I’m a cat person so not inclined to acquire a dog in the first place. But if I were, it would be a corgi. I think they’re the only dogs that are still cute once they’re out of the puppy stage.

  • BlueIdaho

    My partner and I have had corgis for years (currently have two) and they love to play with anything. This one looks a few months old. However, some can be very aggressive when playing and I have a couple of scars to prove it. :-) PS: they also like to herd you around the house.

  • Indigo

    Priorities! That Corgi knows exactly what her priorities are.

  • emjayay

    Dogs are so emotionally similar to humans, except for being stupider. I know, it’s a result of thousands of years of unintentional and intentional evolution. They can read us and we can read them. According to recent research, they are really good at it in ways we wouldn’t necessarily be aware of. So we get them sometimes at great expense (my dog was free, adopted at Safeway) and we benefit by the complex relationship. If in doubt, get a dog.

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