Whether you are breeding Corgis deliberating, or your dog has unexpectedly become pregnant, you need to be prepared. Corgis are very different in their behavior and mannerisms to other dogs, and you will see this during their pregnancy. But just how long are Corgis pregnant for?
Your Corgi will be pregnant for 58 to 68 days, with the average Corgi pregnancy length usually being around day 63 from the point of conceiving to the delivery. Corgis are no different to other dog breeds and have the same gestation period as others.
If you do have a pregnant Corgi and are not sure what to expect, what happens next, and what the pregnancy stages will be then here’s a Corgi pregnancy calendar. It’s a step by step guide through the days of your Corgi’s pregnancy.
Corgi pregnancy calendar
Week 1 (days 0 to 7)
Your female Corgi will have conceived and is now pregnant. As an owner or breeder you don’t need to do much for the moment. Just continue as normal in regard to things like feeding and walks. There’s no need at this point to change her routine – with exception to high energy activity. Don’t encourage her to stretch herself physically.
You might see a little sickness though related to motion sickness. There could also be a small pinky-colored discharge coming from the Corgi, which is entirely normal and should not be a miscarriage.
Week 2 (days 7 to 14)
At this point in your Corgi’s pregnancy calendar, there’s so much more going on with her now. The cells are developing, and the puppy embryos will transfer into your Corgi’s uterus.
This is the time during the French Bulldog pregnancy calendar when the cells will start to grow, and the embryos move into the uterus area.
Just like the first 7 days of your Corgi’s pregnancy, there’s no need to make any major changes to her routine. You can keep her exercise and diet as it normally is, just without anything high energy and risky.
Week 3 (days 14 to 21)
The tiny Corgi foetuses are now developing into shapes. They are very, very small still, it’s likely about 1 centimetre long!
There is still no need to change your pregnant Corgi’s diet and exercise routines (just not high intensity) yet at this point in her pregnancy calendar. However, you might find that she’s hungrier than usual and wants to take more calories on – it’s hard work being a mum to be!
Week 4 (days 21 to 28)
Things are now starting to take shape. Your vet may even be able to feel the puppies in your Corgi’s belly with some soft, manual manipulation on the outsides of the stomach.
The tiny foetuses now look like little Corgi doggies. If her stomach was scanned, it would be possible to see spinal and facial areas developing despite the fact the puppies are only 1.5 centimetres in length!
This is considered to be the most important times during your Corgi’s pregnancy calendar as it’s when the developing puppies are most at risk from miscarriage.
It’s essential to start changing her routine now, making sure to limit any over-exertion and intense activities. Your vet might also recommend a change in diet, with possible nutritional supplements added.
Pregnancy signs to look out for include swelling of the nipples and clear discharge; neither are unusual or a reason to be concerned.
Week 5 (days 28 to 35)
The Corgi foetuses do really look like little puppies now with paws, claws, and whiskers starting to grow through. Scans could also reveal what genders the Corgi puppies are too, as their genital areas can sometimes be seen.
Your pregnant Corgi will start to put weight on and will demand more and more food to feed the growing pups. You will need to increase her calorie intake to help the foetuses develop healthily.
If you do pay for a scan, your vet will also be able to tell you how many puppies your Corgi is expecting. On average, Corgis will have litters of 6 to 8 puppies.
Week 6 (days 35 to 42)
At this point during your Corgi’s pregnancy she will be starting to show, and it will be obvious that she’s expecting! In fact, many breeders report that the female Corgi visibly gets bigger with each day that passes in the pregnancy calendar.
Other things to look out for include the color of the nipples getting darker. Inside the womb there will also be changes afoot, as the Corgi puppies start to develop their own unique markings and patterns.
Her nipples will also become darker, and there will also be color changes to the growing puppies too as they start to develop their unique markings.
As for mum, she will be getting hungrier as each day of the pregnancy passes. Some breeders will start to add puppy food into her diet, and nutritional supplements if not already.
I also recommend you help your Corgi start with her nesting. This is where she finds a warm, quiet, safe, and comfortable place to give birth. It’s something that you can help her prepare for, so she is as calm as possible.
Week 7 (days 42 to 49)
Your Corgi will now have been pregnant for 42 days and could be experiencing hair loss. This is entirely natural, as is fur coming away from her belly in order to prepare for birth and feeding puppies.
You will also need to increase the mother’s food intake again as the puppies are now almost developed into the classic Corgi shape known the world over.
Calcium is very important in her diet now, as it will help to strengthen and develop the growing Corgi puppies before birth.
Week 8 (days 49 to 57)
Some Corgis will give birth prematurely, despite the length of pregnancy typically being around 63 days – so this week is critical as it’s when it could happen. Be prepared just in case you get an early surprise.
The best thing you can do for your Corgi is to keep them relaxed and calm, with almost zero physical activity. If she does over-exert herself, she could give birth earlier than expected.
She will be showing nesting behavior, and you could even see signs of the puppies moving around under the surface of her belly. They will be more active than usual during this 8th week.
Week 9 (days 57 to 65)
Now is the time most Corgis will give birth. A sign she is ready will be a slowing down, quietness, and a loss of appetite.
And then the Corgi puppies will arrive!
And that’s that… and there’s going to be so much more for you to now do to help the mother. I will save that all for another blog post though; but here are some related questions.
How do Corgis get pregnant?
Corgis breed naturally and don’t need human intervention. The male Corgi will mount the female from behind, gripping her, and then start thrusting.
How many puppies do Corgis have?
On average Corgis have around 6 puppies in a litter, sometimes as many as 8.
Here are some common dog breeds, and how many puppies they have on average compared to Corgis.
- Basset Hound – 5 puppies
- Beagle – 6 puppies
- Bernese Mountain Dog – 8 puppies
- Boston Terrier – 4 puppies
- British Bulldog – 4 puppies
- Chihuahua – 3 puppies
- Dachshund – 3 puppies
- French Bulldog – 3 puppies
- German Shepherd Dog – 8 puppies
- Golden Retriever – 8 puppies
- Great Dane – 8 puppies
- Labrador – 7 puppies
- Miniature Schnauzer – 4 puppies
- Poodle – 5 puppies
- Corgi – 5 puppies
- Rottweiler – 8 puppies
- Springer Spaniel – 7 puppies
- Yorkshire Terrier – 3 puppies
Do Corgis need C-sections?
Corgis are a small breed, and that means they are more susceptible to delivery problems than larger dogs. But in the main, Corgis do not need C-Sections and should be able to have a natural birth in most cases.
Corgi C-sections costs will vary depending on where you live and the complexity. Prices can vary from the cheap side of $400 to over $2,000. Emergency Caesareans can cost even more.
If you are thinking about breeding your own Corgi, please do reconsider if it’s a pure money-making exercise. Many bad owners will breed and breed their Corgis which can take a terrible toll on their bodies and mental health.
Whilst you might think that the length of time a Corgi is pregnant for makes this look like a great way to make some regular cash on the side, do think again.
If you are on the other side of the fence and want to buy a Corgi puppy, please do your research and make sure you are buying from a reputable breeder.
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