It is said that the Welsh Pembroke Corgi was introduced to Wales by Flemish weavers. However, like many breeds of dogs it’s exact beginnings is unknown. What is known about this beautiful little dog is that it is a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Pembroke Corgi is a small herding dog that stands 10 to 12 inches high and generally weighs about 28 pounds. It has extremely short legs and a long body. It’s face is fox like having a wide skull that narrows to a pointed muzzle with pointed ears that stand upright.
The Pembroke’s eyes are oval and various shades of brown. It has oval feet and a short tail either through breeding or docking. It has a thick weather resistant under coat and a longer coarser overcoat. The coat colors are sable, red, fawn, and black and tan. Many Pembroke’s have white under their throat and down their chest.
Pembroke Corgi has been used for centuries as herding dogs. Due to their small stature they do not herd like larger dogs by surrounding a herd, they herd by nipping at the heels and driving the animal in the direction it wants it to go. They have been used to herd cattle and sheep and as family pets.
Pembroke Corgis are highly intelligent dogs, they are alert, loyal, fun loving, confident, and even tempered. These are very energetic dogs that can work all day and then come home to play with the children in the family.
Because they are such fun loving and even tempered dogs they make wonderful family pets and are exceptionally good with children. They can be very affectionate and loving and consider their humans to be a part of their family.
They also make excellent guard dogs and will warn the family of approaching strangers and other things they deem as a threat by barking.
Special Training Needs
A Pembroke Corgi will try and herd people by nipping at their heels. This is undesirable behavior in a family pet and should be discouraged in young puppies. You can do this by firmly establishing that the humans in the household are in control.
You will also need to socialize your Corgi well in order for them to bark less. A Pembroke that is not well socialized will see anything unfamiliar as a threat and this can lead to incessant barking. Socializing them young can help prevent this problem.
During heavy shedding times the Pembroke needs daily brushing and brushing at least once a week at all other times. He needs his nails clipped regularly and his teeth maintained as well as regular veterinary check ups.
This dog breed needs both physical and mental exercise. Long walks, training and plenty of attention will keep this dog healthy and happy.
One of the healthiest breeds of all the herding dogs Pembroke Corgis none the less are prone to certain diseases and illnesses such as invertebral disc disease, hip dysplasia, and Epilepsy.
Pembroke Corgis are wonderful little dogs that make excellent pets with proper training. With proper care your Corgi can live 12 to 15 years.