Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Overview

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi shares the same background as the cardigan except for one key difference.  Cardigans retained their long tail while Pembrokes have a shortened stub tail.  The breed is named after the area of Pembrokeshire where the breed has been in place since the 10th century.  They were designed to herd cattle and could nip at the heels of cattle without being kicked due to their short stature.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Characteristics

The Pembroke is now more popular breed due to its popularity with Queen Elizabeth II who owns five.  The Pembroke also has straighter legs and a foxier look than the Cardigan.  They are active breed despite their small size and enjoyed both working and spending time with the family.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Temperament

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are known for their intelligence and devotion to their owners.  They make an excellent watchdog in addition to a great working herder.  Corgis love to be wherever the family is and is great with children if socialized from a young age.  Pembrokes can bark a lot and may be wary of strangers if not properly socialized.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Care

The corgi will live on average 12 to 15 years, typical for dogs their size.  Some health concerns include glaucoma, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disk disease, degenerative myelopathy, and progressive retinal atrophy.  Careful breeding and veterinary care is key to keeping the corgi healthy and long-lived.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Coat

Regular brushing and combing will help keep the coat of the Pembroke looking its best.  The coat does not require much care however it may shed seasonally.  The Pembroke also has a habit of getting dirty so may need to be bathed more often.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Training

Pembrokes are very intelligent making them very easy to train.  They learn quickly, work with enthusiasm, and are great at remembering old lessons.  Mentally stimulating tasks are best for entertaining and occupying the active mind of the Pembroke.  Reward-based training will keep the Pembroke eager to learn anything new.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Activity

Despite their small size, the Pembroke is a very active dog.  Large bouts of exercise, especially focused training will keep the Pembroke active and happy.  If they are not properly mentally and physically stimulated the Pembroke may become bored and destructive and create his own games to entertain himself.