Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Description: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a most agreeable small house dog with an affectionate nature. They have become closely associated with the British monarchy. In 1933 the Duke of York obtained for his daughter a Pembroke puppy and they remain a royal favorite. The Corgi is an intelligent and remarkably alert breed who is wary of strangers and makes a very good watchdog. Although known for their bark being worse than their bite, they do have a tendency to nip at the heels of people and should be discouraged at a young age to remove the trait. The Pembroke requires companionship and without this may develop undesirable methods of seeking attention. Differences between the Pembroke and the Cardigan: The Pembroke has straighter legs; is not quite as long bodied; the head is generally more wedged-shaped; the ears are smaller and closer together; they are usually lighter; and they do not have a tail or as bushy a tail as the Cardigan.
Type: Herding Dog
Height: Dogs: 10 - 12 inches, Females: 10-12 inches
Weight: Dogs: 25 - 30 lbs., Females: 24 -28 lbs.
Colors: Red, sable, fawn, or black and tan with or without white makings on the legs.
Coat: Medium length and straight with a dense undercoat; never soft, wavy or wiry. water-resistant
Temperament: Pembroke Welsh Corgi are active, obedient
With Children: Yes, children should not tease them.
With Pets: Yes
Special Skills: Herding dog and family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High
Care and Exercise: Bi-weekly grooming with a comb or brush for about 10 minutes. Bathe Pembroke Welsh Corgis only when necessary. Shedding is bi-annually. Exercise is necessary to prevent weight gain, daily walks are highly recommended.
Training: Very intelligent and not difficult to train.
Learning Rate: Very high, Obedience - High, Problem Solving - High
Activity: Indoors - High, Outdoors- Very High
Living Environment: Apartment life is adequate for the Pembroke Welsh Corgi as long as sufficient exercise is provided. Keep in mind that they have a big bark and should not be left alone for long periods of time. Owners should desire a busy, intelligent dog who is loyal and playful.
Health Issues: Prone to slipped disks in the spine, epilepsy, hereditary eye diseases and obesity.
Life Span: 13 - 14 years
Litter Size: 5 - 8
Country of Origin: Wales
History: Accepted as being of Spitz origin, it is believe that the forefathers of the Pembroke were introduced by Flemish weavers in the 1100s. It has been suggested that its origins are a combination of primitive progenitors of the Keeshond, Pomeranian, Schipperkes and Swedish Vallhund. Developed further in Pembrokershire, Wales hence his name. A favorite of British royalty they have been a working dog since the 11th century with their job of controlling the movement of cattle by nipping their heels.
First Registered by the AKC: 1934
AKC Group: Herding Group
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 1), KC (GB), UKC