Thanks! It’s one of my favorite features as well, I love that it’s so unique!
Actually yes, Rhys’ mom Cassie is light sable. And although his dad Mr. Wiggins is red/white, some of his own littermates (Rhys’ aunts and uncles) are tri-colors as well. The ear outlines started showing up as he was growing… one day, I just noticed it was there, like magic lol. But I love them! Corgdad always jokes that he fears Rhys is becoming fully tri haha.
I was thrilled to see that Rhys’ littermate brother Sherlock also has the same ear outlines, so it seems to be a shared trait among the brothers (I haven’t been able to locate their one other brother, but I hope he has the same coloring, too). Sherlock has darker facial markings than Rhys, like his eyeliner, etc. I am guessing that their mom’s light sable coloring and the tri-coloring in their dad’s line came together to give them this unique and awesome trait :)
Hi Anon! Well, in actuality, Rhys is still a wee corgnugget even though he seems bigger in his pics! Haha. He was approximately 5.6 pounds when we brought him home at 8 weeks and he’s only about 11.4 pounds now at almost 6 months.
In this post, Rhys is wearing a small Puppia. Once it got too small (particularly in trying to get it over his big head lol), I started buying one size up (medium). It just fit easier over his head even though it was a bit big in the chest so he would try to escape out of it or bite it. I just tightened the straps to their smallest the best I could. Now that he’s filling in a bit, it fits better.
Puppias have all different fits, too, from the regular fit to the junior harnesses, etc. I try to look at the size chart and match them up to his measurements. He’s so small that it’s usually safe for me to buy at least a medium or bigger and figure that he’ll grow into it one day if it’s too big. Although I’m still waiting for the growing part ;)
Here he is wearing his medium black Puppia harness at the dog park last month:
ETA: Ok, correction. I checked the ones we have and actually, in the regular style Puppias (like the above pic), Rhys wears a Medium. However, in the junior styles (mainly, the two I bought that don’t go over his head - they Velcro in the back, have the usual clasp Puppia closure, and also a double D ring so you can hook your leash through both for extra safety), he wears a Large. Rhys had a period of time (and sometimes still does) where he was fussy about things going over his face/head so those were easier for him to step into to put on. I’ve been buying Puppias off Amazon (they have a good color selection and pricing) and I try to 1) match his measurements up with the sizing chart and 2) read the reviews to see if people say the particular style runs small. (The product description, if not the official Puppia website, usually indicates if the harness is regular or junior sizing.) I think that’s why I ordered up a size in the two junior harnesses since they are intended for “smaller breeds” (like shopping in the petites section of the department store versus the regular women’s section haha).
Puppias can be tricky in that the sizing doesn’t necessarily match our preconceived notions about breed size - we think of corgis as being medium-sized breeds, but some corgis wear L or XL easily. Amazon is good about doing returns/exchanges, though, so you can try to take the best measurements you can of your dog, match it to the size chart, and try one out. Good luck!