Why do corgis sleep on their backs?
It seems odd, doesn't it? But there's actually a very reasonable explanation for this bizarre behavior. Corgis are known to be one of the "deepest sleepers" out there, but that doesn't mean they can't wake up-they just do so slowly. When sleeping on their back, the dog is able to quickly react to any potential threats with no issue.
Corgis, like the closely related Welsh Corgi and Cardigan Corgi breeds, were primarily herding dogs back in the day-but not just of cows or other four legged animals. The little canines were used to manage herds of sheep as well as cattle and pigs. This requires a deep and very important skill: the ability to be able to quickly react and jump into action when necessary.
Corgis were bred in such a way that they could instinctively protect their tiny flock while having the luxury of knowing how to properly move around them while they worked. But what does this mean for us? Why do corgis sleep on their backs?
Well, when the dog sleeps on its back, it's slightly less protected than when sleeping-for example-on its side or tummy. However, the fact that the dog is able to sleep so deeply allows for it to wake up quickly in case something happens. When sleeping on their backs, corgis can more easily and quickly react to any potential threats-even faster than if they were sleeping on their side.
So, there you have it! Corgis can sleep very deeply because of their working herding dog history-and that fact that they sleep on their backs allows them to more easily wake up in case something goes wrong. So next time you see your corgi sleeping on its back, try and think about why it does so-it's for a good reason after all!