Dog Profiles - Description of Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Description: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a most agreeable small house dog with an affectionate nature. It has become closely associated with the British monarchy. In 1933 the Duke of York obtained for his daughter a Pembroke puppy and it remains 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; it is usually lighter; and it does not have a tail or as bushy a tail as the Cardigan does.

Height: Males: 10-12 inches, Females: 10-12 inches

Weight: Males: 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: Active, obedient. Okay with children, but they should not tease him. Good with other pets. Good herding dog and family pet. Very good watch dog, fair guard dog.

Care and Exercise: Bi-weekly grooming with a comb or brush for about 10 minutes. Bathe 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 is adequate as long as sufficient exercise is provided. Keep in mind he does 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 1100's. 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 he has been a working dog since the 11th century with his job of controlling the movement of cattle by nipping their heels.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 1), KC(GB), UKC