Welsh Corgi Pembroke
Breed Group: Herding
Weight: Male: 27; Female: 25 lbs
Height: 10-12 inches
Color(s): red, sable, fawn, black and tan, all with or without white flashings
Originating in Wales, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is similar to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. A multi-purpose breed, the Pembroke's many duties included that of a bird hunter, duck and geese herder, and sheep and cattle herder. They are the smallest member of the Herding group, and are well known as the favored breed and pet of Queen Elizabeth II.
Character - Temperament
Long and low with a robust build, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is spirited, athletic, and dependable. This versatile companion has a strong work ethic, and displays an intelligent and interested expression. They are often considered to be "a big dog in a small dog's suit".
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is obedient, loving, loyal, and deeply devoted. They are outgoing, friendly, and thrive on human companionship and attention. This breed is alert, fearless, and assertive. They make an excellent guard dog, but their tenacity can sometimes lead them into trouble. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is best suited for a family with older and considerate children. If they are left alone for extended periods of time they will become restless and bored which will lead to destructiveness and excessive barking. They are often wary of strangers and over-protective of their family and territory. Due to their herding nature, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi will attempt to perform this task on anything and everything that moves. This breed typically does well with other pets.
Care - Coat
This breed requires minimal grooming. Regular brushing will minimize loose hair. Bathing should only be done when necessary. It is important to keep the nails trimmed to prevent splaying of the feet. Their ears need to be checked and cleaned on a consistent basis. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is prone to cataracts, retinal and hip dysplasia, epilepsy, disk disease, and Von Willebrand's disease.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a double coat breed. The outer coat is of medium length, straight, and coarse in texture. The under coat is thick, short, and weather resistant. The coat is more profuse around the neck, on the shoulders, and on the chest. The hair is longer on the back of the forelegs and rear of hindquarters. The color of the coat comes in sable, fawn, red, and black and tan. There may or may not be white markings. This breed is heavy shedding, and does completely shed bi-annually.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi's intelligence and willingness to please make them easily trained. However, they do not enjoy repetitive training as they easily become bored. They require early socialization and obedience. They excel in tracking, agility, herding, and conformation. This breed is also used for therapy and as hearing ear dogs. Training should be done with consistency, positive reinforcement, firmness, and fairness.
Full of stamina and spunk, this breed enjoys going for walks, romping in a securely fenced yard, family play sessions, or farm work. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is always eager for adventure, but is also just as content to be in the home with their family. They are suited for apartment dwelling provided they are sufficiently exercised, entertained, and stimulated.