- Dog suitable for owners with some experience
- Extra training required
- Generally healthy breed
- Enjoys active walks
- Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
- Medium dog
- Minimum drool
- Requires grooming once a week
- Chatty and vocal dog
- Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
- Generally friendly with other dogs
- Gets along with other pets with training
- May need additional supervision to live with children
- Needs a small garden
- Can live in semi-rural areas
- Can be left occasionally with training
|Lifespan:||12 – 15 years|
|Weight:||9 – 12kg|
|Height:||25 – 30cm|
|Colours:||The coat comes in red, sable, fawn, black and tan, and may have white markings|
|UK Kennel Club Groups:||Pastoral|
|Easy to train:||5/5|
|Tolerates being alone:||3/5|
|Likes other pets:||3/5|
Devoted and affectionate to their owners, they can sometimes be fairly disinterested in strangers. Generally obedient and active, whilst small in height this should properly be considered a larger dog on very short legs rather than a little dog.
Bold and outgoing, friendly and loyal, they make excellent watchdogs and suit an active home. Keep in mind their livestock driving ancestry, which has been known to mean groups of people, particularly children, are herded together regardless of their wishes!
History and Origins
Country of Origin: Wales
The Pembroke Corgi, made famous by Queen Elizabeth II is a long, low, cattle herding dog, thought to have been brought to Wales by the Flemish weavers. Their job originally was to drive cattle from one location to another, a job which requires a strong character and a great deal of stamina. The cattle they would have worked would be small, feisty hill cattle, and the distances involved could take days to cover, make no mistake this is a hard worker! Originally considered one breed, the Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis were split and recognised separately in 1934.
Did You Know?
- Legend has it that the Pembroke Corgi is an enchanted dog, used by the Welsh fairies and elves to pull fairy coaches, work fairy cattle and serve as steed for the fairy warriors. It is said those with keen eyes and understanding hearts can still the faint marks of the fairy saddle over their shoulders.
- Queen Elizabeth II met her first Corgi when she was a child, King George VI brought home a male puppy named Dookie in 1933. After the introduction of a second Corgi, Jane, they had a litter of puppies, and thus began the Corgi tradition within the royal family.
- To this day Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s are excellent herding dogs and still compete in AKC Herding competitions.
- There are two possible reasons behind their name. The first is that “cor” is Welsh for watch other/gather and “gi” means dog. However, others have interpreted “cor” to mean Dwarf.
- A Pembroke Welsh Corgi called Rufus was the unofficial mascot for Amazon. Owned by the editor-in-chief and principal engineer, Rufus attended work with his owner every day.