This Saturday marks the fourth year of Corgi Con, a gathering of corgi owners, corgi enthusiasts, and of course corgis themselves on the sands of Ocean Beach.
While the uninitiated might assume that Corgi Con is just another small, slightly loopy San Francisco idiosyncrasy, the canine collaboration has swelled to attract 730 corgis plus thousands of corgi loving humans and assorted tag-along dogs at the last Corgi Con in October.
(Yes, Corgi Con is so popular that it’s held twice a year, in the summer and the fall.)
The upcoming corgi concourse will go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Ocean Beach, “between Stairwell 21 and Fulton Street,” with a costume contest, obstacle course, and “attempted group photo”—because you try getting 700 corgis in frame at once and see how it goes.
So what exactly is the miraculous appeal? Sure, they’re cute dogs, but there’s no Chihuahua Con or Pug Con twice yearly at Ocean Beach.
Welsh corgis are the 18th most popular dog breed according to the American Kennel Club, but by those rankings a twice-annual Beagle Brunch or French Bulldog Frolic (both solid ideas, by the way) would be more likely.
Why the sudden corgi zeitgeist? Well, here are some defining images from last year’s corgi congress. Maybe the answers are in here somewhere. Even if they’re not, the search seems like its own reward.