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The Pembroke variety of Welsh Corgi is a
cousin to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi; most
likely the breed was crossed with Pomeranians,
Schipperkes, or the Lancashire Heeler around
the 12th Century. After that time, authorities
claim that nearly every farm in Wales owned
at least two Pembroke Corgis. The dogs were
used mainly to herd and drive cattle. Although
the Cardigan and Pembroke Corgis were originally
shown as the same breed, the Pembroke Corgis
tended to be more popular and won more championships.
In 1934, the Pembroke and Cardigan were
each recognized as a separate and official
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is affectionate
and makes a wonderful family pet and companion.
This breed is easy to train and gets along
with other pets and animals - of course
early socialization is necessary. The Pembroke
Corgi enjoys country or city living, as
long as he is provided with plenty of exercise.
The height of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi is
10 - 12" (25.4 - 30.5cm)
USA: Males not to exceed 30 lbs, females
not to exceed 28 lbs. Canada: Males weigh
20 to 24 lbs (9-11 kg); females weigh 18
to 22 lbs (8-10 kg).
Type: Pembroke Welsh Corgis
have a double coat. The outer coat is dense,
coarse and longer than the undercoat which
is medium in length, soft and water resistant.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis' undercoat sheds twice
a year. Routine brushing is necessary to
keep the coat in good shape. Bathing the
Pembroke Welsh Corgi should be done when
necessary or about once a month.
Colors of the Pembroke Welsh
Corgi's coat can include red, sable, fawn,
black, or tan, with possible white markings.
Regular brushing is required with no special
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is intelligent,
protective and makes a great companion.
They do well with children, however, the
main concern is that they may nip at their
heels - a behavior which should be corrected
and prevented early on. The Pembroke Welsh
Corgi is very alert and will bark if something
is out of the norm - making him a great
watch dog. These smart dogs are easy to
train and respond best to firm, consistent
and positive methods. Pembroke Welsh Corgis
like to be with their family and with people
in general, therefore best if not left alone
either in the home or backyard. They also
get along with other dogs and cats and as
well as small animals, however, introduction
must be done properly and early socialization
is also a must. In addition, the Pembroke
Welsh Corgi is a natural herder, so he may
want to be the one in charge and herd the
other pets as well as children. Exercise
is very important for the Pembroke Welsh
Corgi because it truly helps with physical
and mental well being. Several daily long
or short walks are ideal in addition to
free play. Because of their short legs,
exercise should not be too strenuous.
Concerns: The Pembroke Welsh
Corgi is generally a very healthy breed.
Some health issues which may be of concern
include: hip dysplasia, eye problems (PRA,
cataracts, retinal folds), cancer and autoimmune
diseases. In addition, it is important to
watch how much you feed your Pembroke Welsh
Corgi as he may easily become overweight.
The average life span is 12 - 15 years,
although many may live well into their teens.
Keeping your Pembroke Welsh Corgi active
and in shape can play a significant role
in its life span.
• The name "Corgi" comes
from the Celtic word for dog.
• In the 1930s, King George bought
his daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret Rose,
a pair of Corgis and their descendents are
now the Royal Family's pets.
• The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is cousin
to the Cardigan
Welsh Corgi and while they have many
similarities, the most notable difference
is their tails - the Cardigan has a tail
and the Pembroke has a very short one. Another
big difference is type of ear - the Pembroke
Welsh Corgi has perky, upright ears while
the Cardigan Welsh Corgi has rounded ears.
AKC: Herding Group
ANKC: Working Group
CKC: Group 7 Working Dogs
FCI: Group 1 Section 2 Sheepdogs
UKC: Herding Dog