Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Group 5: Working Dogs
Height: 25 – 30 cm

Energy Level:  Moderate
Original Function: Cattle driving
Lifespan: 12 – 15 yrs

Recommended for: Most people/families.

Welsh Corgi Pembroke

About This Breed

There are two completely different breeds of Welsh Corgi – the Cardigan and the Pembroke. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the original Welsh herding dog probably brought to the British Isles 3,000 and 4,000 years ago. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi from the Spitz family was likely brought to the British Isles by the Vikings who settled in south west Wales in 1107.

Over time the Pembroke has grown lower to the ground, more stocky and stronger headed. Tough, strong, courageous and tenacious as well as agile, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi makes an outstanding companion.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Small sized body. Wedged shaped head with dark eyes, & erect ears. Apart from colour, Pembrokes differ from the Cardigans by having wider spaced ears, shorter near to no tail and a deeper chest.

Temperament: Alert, intelligent, steady, not shy or aggressive.

Characteristics: Alert, active and intelligent.

Colour: Red, Sable, Fawn, Black/Tan with White on the chest, neck and legs.

Coat: Straight, dense and medium length.

Grooming: Males drop coat once a year and female twice. During these times extra brushing is needed otherwise their medium length coat only requires a brush once a week and a wash when needed.

Exercise: Regular walking and off lead run.

Health: This breed can be prone to back problems due to their short legs and long backs.