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Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a bold herding breed that requires plenty of exercise. This native herding dog of Wales can be a vocal and loving pet.


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Breed Facts
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Physical Characteristics
  • Long and low with large erect ears
  • Coat: Straight, thick, short hair
  • Broad flat skull and fox-like head
  • Dark eyes with black rims
  • Black nose
  • Height: 10-12 inches
  • Weight: 25-27 pounds
  • Average lifespan: 11-15 years
Temperament
  • Hardy, smart, obedient, protective, devoted, fun-loving, amiable and companionable
  • Interaction with people: Good with children; wary of strangers
  • Interaction with animals: Can be aggressive with other male dogs
  • Training: Properly socialize and train when still young to avoid over-protective behavior as an adult
  • Bark: Can be highly vocal
  • Protection: Good guard dog
Medical Conditions
  • Degenerative myelopathy (neurological condition that can lead to paralysis)
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Ophthalmic disorders (including progressive retinal atrophy, retinal folds, persistent pupillarily membranes and cataracts)
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
Grooming
  • Easy to groom
  • Coat sheds throughout the year
  • Brush with a firm-bristle or pin brush
Other Facts
  • May try to herd people by nipping at their heels
  • Favorite breed and pet of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Talents include: herding, guarding and competitive obedience
  • Low stature helped them roll out of the way when a cow kicked; they still display that trait when chasing each other
  • "Corgi" comes from the Celtic word for dog
  • The Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh corgis have been considered separate breeds for about 70 years
Breed History
  • Specializing in herding cattle, they were essential helpers to farmers in South Wales
  • Developed in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and was used to drive cattle by nipping their heels and barking
  • The Pembroke and Cardigan varieties were freely interbred until the 1930s, when breeders began accentuating their differences
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America For breed rescue opportunities, visit PWCCA Rescue
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