Warning: watching corgis race in the series of videos below will make you run to your local shelter to bring one home.
Santa Anita just held their inaugural Corgi Nationals in which the short-legged dogs vied for the fastest dog title, and they were every bit as adorable as you'd expect.
Everyone’s talking about the #Indy500 but I’m at the real big event of the day: Corgi Nationals. https://t.co/zoVQNnl0FE— Sean Morrison (@Sean Morrison)1527446433.0
The race took place on Sunday with dozens of short-legged participants waddling at warp-speed.
Don't be deceived by their disproportionate bodies and legs. "You wouldn't think on the stubby legs that they're very fast, but they're very fast runners," said Karen, the owner of a 3-year-old Corgi named Cali.
The American Kennel Club can vouch for the proud parent. According to its website, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi are characterized as "Long, low-set dogs with sturdy bone, short legs, and a deep chest. Cardigans are powerful workers of deceptive speed and grace."
These athletic, rugged herders have a love for the outdoors, and they thrive on mental stimulation and physical activity.
So why not celebrate their attributes by putting them through their paces in their own competition?
There were no losers that day; Every single competitor was winning in every way.
@sadgalroro This is brilliant!! 😍😍— Chad️™️ (@Chad️™️)1527506644.0
@JadeKite26 @sean_morrison They look so goofy when they run 😍— Andreas Mouzourides (@Andreas Mouzourides)1527516944.0
According to USA Today, there was one minor collision near the finish line but all the dogs were fine.
Photo finish: Two contestants collide as they cross the finish line during the SoCal 'Corgi Nationals' in Arcadia,… https://t.co/v28Foli26g— AFP News Agency (@AFP News Agency)1527480347.0
So how do the dogs train their fluffy little butts off for the races? One dog-owner told ABC 7, "We do a lot of training with the tennis ball to get him into shape."
Another owner, Nicole Yau, spoke like an expert and came up with a ploy that encouraged her dog to stay ahead of the competition.
The best method has been hot dogs. I'm going to be on the end and he knows I have the hot dogs. We're allowed to use treats.
Them: The #Indy500 is the greatest race of the year. Me, an intellectual: Corgos tho https://t.co/PGerN7TeGT— Sean Morrison (@Sean Morrison)1527446652.0
corgi nationals today with sabs and matt !! 💕 💕 💕 very good boys https://t.co/0odyD4YeRv— mikayla (@mikayla)1527456579.0
And the winner was this champ named "Roi."
📷 Fotos: Roi, campeón del campeonato SoCal 'Corgi Nationals' https://t.co/qQi7gGMa6k https://t.co/qQi7gGMa6k— Deportes DV (@Deportes DV)1527535208.0
After the race was over, it was time to rest from an exhausting day.
Now that you're Team Corgi, have you started looking for these affectionate and loyal dogs to take home? As evidenced from the footage of the race, they'll go the distance for you with a smile.