Presenting evidence that corgis can hike as well as any human.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na2KqzvGj6g&feature=youtu.be
Like Tyler, I was very reluctant to have a dog in our household. My daughter worked on me for seven years with her desire to have a dog. I declared that if our family got a dog, it would not be my responsibility. It would not be MY dog. I would have nothing to do with it.
About ten minutes after we brought Mochi home, I declared loudly, "I LOVE THIS DOG." And Mochi has been my companion ever since.
Mochi was acquired from a very reputable breeder. She can hike over any obstacle that I can get over without using my hands. She has been rattlesnake trained for hiking in the mountains around Los Angeles and she has been able to accompany me on some of my more grueling hikes without any sign of tiring. In fact, after bringing her home from six to seven mile hikes, she is ready to play Frisbee or ball.
While I understand Jesse's concerns about breeder's and commend his loyalty to acquiring rescue dogs (which we also support) there are some benefits to getting a dog from a reputable breeder. One benefit to acquiring a dog from a good breeder is that you can raise the dog from a puppy and the training can be enormously easier. Raising a dog from a puppy also increases the attachment and ability to easily handle the dog as they grow. We chose a corgi after our trainer recommended the breed for the type of family and family activities we engage in. When they are properly trained, dogs can hang out in a house all day without humans around and be perfectly content. They know you will return.
Though corgis are bred for sheep herding, they are one of the best dogs available. They love to play, but they can also hang out in the house all day without people around. In their prime they rugged and athletic. They are bred to herd and they will exhibit these traits, but with proper training (as all dogs should have) they will learn to not engage in any negative or unwanted behavior.