Description: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a small, low-slung dog that weighs between 28 and 30 pounds for the dog, and 25 to 28 pounds for the bitch. This dog stands 10 to 12 at the withers for both sexes. The coat of the Corgi is made up of hard, water resistant hairs. The usual coat colors for this dog can be red, black and tan, sable, and fawn, all with or without white extending over part of the muzzle, chest, legs, and stomach. This Corgi has a long, pointed muzzle and upright ears. The legs of this dog are very short and reflect its origins as a cattle herding dog where the short legs allowed it to escape kicks. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is sometimes born tailless, and sometimes has its tail docked. It is also known as the Welsh Corgi or simply as Corgi. The Pembroke Corgi can live up to 15 years.
History: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an old breed, dating back to the 11th century where they were developed to herd cattle, horses, and sheep. They were brought to England at that time by weavers from Flanders and were still used as herding dogs and protectors of the farm and home. Breeding Skipperkes, Pomeranians, Keeshonds, and Swedish Vallhunds produced the dog we know today as the Pembroke Corgi. A charming Welsh legend has it that fairies developed the dogs to pull their tiny carriages, or to use as a mount when riding to battle. They were designated a separate breed from the Cardigan Welsh Corgi in 1934.
Temperament: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has often been called “a small dog in a big dog’s suit”. This is a bold and confident little dog that becomes devoted to its human companions. This dog is a good dog around children and will enjoy playing with them. This is a lively and spirited dog that is at its best interacting with its family. It will get along best with other dogs if properly socialized with them. They are good watchdogs and will bark at the first sign of an intruder.
Health Problems: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a fairly healthy breed of dog. One major problem that can arise is back trouble. That long back can be subject to arthritis and disc problems. Some back problems can be avoided by making sure that your Corgi maintains its proper weight. It can also suffer from hip dysplasia.
Grooming: As a short haired breed, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi does not require extensive grooming to keep its coat in good shape. A good brushing twice a week will remove dead hairs and distribute the coat’s natural oils evenly. The ears should be checked and cleaned as needed and attention to the teeth will help prevent tooth decay.
Living Conditions: As the Pembroke Welsh Corgi began as a herding dog, this little dog still needs plenty of exercise. They love to play and walk with their human family and will suffer if kept outside for long periods. This dog is not able to live outside during the winter. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi and live happily in an apartment as long as sufficient exercise is provided.