Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Herding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 25-30 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Pointy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & White, Brown & White


Life Expectancy: About 12 – 15 years    Rarity: Very Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


For about 70 years, the Pembroke and the Cardigan Welsh Corgis are known as separate breeds.

There are many theories concerning the Welsh Corgi. One states that both of the varieties descended from Swedish Vallhunds, brought in the 800's to Wales by the Vikings. Another theory says that the Cardigan variety is older and was brought to Wales in 1200 B.C. by Celtics people, as the word Corgi comes from a Celtic word that means dog. And the last theory is that the Pembroke variety was brought in the 1100's to Wales by Flemish weavers. The only thing that is sure about this breed is that it has been developed in Pembrokeshire in Wales and it was used to drive cattle.

After 1930, the two varieties started to be bred separately. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is now popular for being the favorite breed of Queen Elizabeth II.


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi's coat can be red, sable, fawn, black, tan and with or without white markings. White color can appear on the muzzle, the neck, the chest, the legs, under the body and as a thin line on the head.


The undercoat of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is medium in length, short, dense and weather-resistant. The outer coat is ruder and longer than the undercoat. The ruff around the neck, the chest and the shoulders has thicker and longer hairs. The hairs are a little longer on the back of the legs. The coat is usually straight but can be a little wavy.


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is more outgoing, excitable and restless than the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. This breed is extremely courageous, devoted and protective. As they are too small to protect their house and family, a lot of these dogs lost their life trying to defend their home. They are suspicious of strangers and tend to bark a lot which makes a great alarm dog. These dogs are excellent in shows and obedience as they are highly intelligent. This is a good breed for smooth children. This active little dog might try to herd people by nipping their heels.


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is prone to glaucoma (an eye disorder that, if not treated, can lead to blindness), PRA, and back disorders. It is important to never overfeed this breed as it may become obese. The coat of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi sheds twice a year and needs to be brushed and bathed only when necessary.


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is very easy to train. They need a smooth and gentle handling with no harsh manners. This dog should be properly socialized to prevent over-protective behavior.


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is naturally an active dog; daily exercise is extremely important to avoid obesity.

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