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Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Short, sturdy and low to the ground, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has an attractive foxy face. Their straight, medium length coat has a dense undercoat and is never soft, wavy or wiry. 

12 – 15 years
9 – 12kg
25 – 30cm
The coat comes in red, sable, fawn, black and tan, and may have white markings
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • 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
Generally healthy breed

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is generally a very hardy breed but can suffer from:
- Degenerative myelopathy¹ a condition which causes progressive paralysis in a dog's hindlimbs.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

¹K. Fiszdon et al, 'Canine Degenerative Myelopathy – pathogenesis, current diagnostics possibilities and breeding implications regarding genetic testing', 2020, Acta Scientiarum Polonorum


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! 

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Grooming Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Training Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

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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. 
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