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Why Do Corgis Float in Water

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Ever seen an adorable video of a corgi floating in the water? You may have noticed that after hopping in for a swim, your corgi’s rear end mysteriously floats to the top.

This breed is known for its fluffy behind, and as it turns out, corgi butts are more than just cute—they also serve as a built-in flotation device! So know that the next time you see a corgi floating in the water, it’s not just a trick of the eye…it’s science!

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So Why Exactly Do Corgis Float In Water?

It comes down to the shape and make-up of their behinds. A corgi butt consists of 79.4% air. This essentially gives them a hollow backside that allows them to float.

Unlike corgis, most other mammals have a higher density of muscle fibers than air in this area. With their hollow butts, corgis don’t have this problem and can coast around the swimming pool with their built-in floatie.

Why Are Corgi Butts So Big In the First Place?

Corgis were bred to herd cattle, and their long, low-to-the-ground bodies ensure that any kicks from the cattle would travel safely over their heads. This leaves corgis with a disproportionate body: a big head and rear end but very short legs.

Are Corgis Better Swimmers Than Other Dogs?

While corgis can float naturally, and many have an affinity for water, their short legs render them weaker swimmers than many other dog breeds. Although those little legs can generate a decent amount of power, it’s best to keep a close eye on your corgi while they take a dip. They may tire out a little more quickly than other dogs.

That being said, corgis are very agile, active, and intelligent dogs. Check out this backyard obstacle course for your dog you can set up to get their minds and bodies working. Have a pool? Try incorporating that into the course so your corgi can put their buoyancy to the test!

Looking for a pet door for your corgi? The Dragon is an excellent choice at an affordable price. The door mount is a classic install option to let your dog come and go. Just make sure it’s close enough to the ground for your corgi to use! Check out this pet door measurement guide for help choosing the right size.

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