Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

The Corgi Welsh breed comes in two varieties; the Pembroke Corgi Welsh and the Cardigan Corgi Welsh. This is a fun loving breed which resembles a fox in its look with a head shaped like a wedge, prick ears and thick fur. It is a good family dog with affectionate nature. It is known as a great watch dog, with herding abilities and is very kind to children.

Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) Breed Information

Even though many breeders feel that Pembroke Corgi Welsh is an ancient breed, the exact origin of this breed is not known, but the first recorded appearance of these dogs is said to be in Wales in 1925. Since the first show-dogs of this breed came straight off the farm, they gained little attention. Over time, breeding efforts improved the dog’s looks which contributed to the increase of its popularity. For many years, the two breeds of Corgi, the Welsh and Pembroke were considered two varieties of the Corgi breed. Because both of these breeds were developed in the Welsh hill country and in areas which were only a few miles apart, researchers have found evidence that there was some crossbreeding among them which accounts for the similarities in them.
The Welsh Corgi is a smart dog which can take training sessions and mental challenges seriously. As this breed is known for its herding nature, it is naturally independent and fearless. This makes it herd kids or other pets at home, when bored. It loves family activities and has impeccable sensing abilities.
  • Activity level: 5/5 (always stays engaged in some kind of activity)
  • Intelligence level: 5/5 (highly intelligent, learns tricks quickly)
  • Curiosity: 5/5 (extremely curious about people and things at home)
  • Friendliness: 4/5 (friendly, but may be reserved with strangers and some dogs)
  • Vocal: 5/5 (barks while playing, while herding or to alert owner)
The Pembroke dogs sport a strong and low set body which is sturdily built and offers the onlooker an impression of packing more in their small body. It also has a very short docked tail that stands erect, with ears that are pointed at the tip and comes in various shades like white, red, sable, fawn etc. The breed stands about 12 inches (30 cm) at the shoulder, and weighs about 30 pounds (14 kg). The Cardigan is sturdy, mobile, alert, active, intelligent, steady, and neither shy nor aggressive.
  • Fur: The Pembroke dog sports a coat of medium length with double layers that offers it water resistance as it has a short dense under coat with a coarse top coat and longer fur.
  • Eyes: The Pembroke Corgi Welsh has dark round shaped eyes complimented by black rims.
  • Body structure: It has a long body and short legs with a levelled top line, which makes it different than the Cardigan Corgi Welsh breed.
  • Facial features: Pembrokes wear an interested, curious and intelligent expression which surprisingly does not offer them a sly look.
  • Weight: The Pembroke Corgi Welsh has a body weight of around 13 to 14 kg.
Health and Care
The average lifespan of both the Welsh Corgi breeds is about 13 years and like any other dog breed, this dog also suffers from a few common health conditions like CHD - Canine Hip Dysplasia, urinary stones, PRA or Progressive Retinal Atrophy, lens luxation, epilepsy etc. The vet would suggest a DNA test, hip and eye examination to detect the issues beforehand. Being athletic in nature, both the breeds love to spend time outdoors for walks, jogs and dog sports which will display their skills. The plush double coat of this breed demands regular brushing to maintain the look. It has a shedding cycle of twice a year and needs occasional bathing. Check the ears of your dog at a regular basis and keep it clean of wax and infection.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at help@pickapaw.com
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