Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a herding (or working) dog.
Though somewhat short, they usually weigh around 15 kg (30-32 lbs). Females tend to weigh about 1 kg less.
25-30 cm (10-12 inches)
Red, fawn, black and tan, with some white markings.
Their coat tends to be of medium-length. Their undercoat is made up of short, thick weather resistant fur while their outer-coat is longer and coarser.
These dogs are very intelligent. In addition, as you would expect from herding dogs, they are active, fit and bold. They are loyal and protective of their family and will defend their home territory. Pembroke Welsh Corgis don’t often bark except around unfamiliar or suspicious people in order to protect their loved ones. They are friendly and playful.
Country of Origin:
They were originally bred for herding sheep and cattle in the Welsh countryside. They originated in Pembrokeshire (a region of Wales) and are believed to be descendents of Swedish Vallhund dogs that likely came to Wales with the Vikings. They are the smallest of herding dogs.
“Corgi” can be translated from Welsh to mean “dwarf dog.” As well, they are named after the region in Wales where they originated, Pembrokeshire.
As they are very intelligent dogs, they learn quickly and usually have an even-temper. When provoked or approached by suspicious strangers, they can become more assertive and are keen to protect their loved ones. They are usually gentle, but because of their herding instinct, may nip at your feet – this behavior can be easily corrected through training.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are intelligent and obedient and thus highly trainable. Clicker training has been found to be an especially effective method of training for corgis. Treat based training is also effective.
Exercise is very important for these dogs as they were historically herding dogs roaming large fields and herding cattle. Ideally, they should have access to a large yard or field for roaming but in the absence of this should be walked or ran regularly.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi can become overweight quite easily, so a controlled diet and regular exercise are very important. They make excellent pets because they are loyal, affectionate, and easily trained. They have a very strong desire to please their owners.