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Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi


Although the Pembroke and Cardigan remain distinct breeds with their own standards, they are very similar, a result of crossbreeding between them until the 20th century.

Romantics claim that Corgis arrived with the Celts over 2,000 years ago. Others believe they are descended from Swedish Vallhund stock arriving with the Vikings a little over 1,000 years ago, although it may be that the Vallhund is descended from Welsh dogs. The name Corgi is recorded in ‘A Dictionary in Englyshe and Weshe’ published in 1574, as ‘Korgi ne gostoc, Corgi or curre dogge’, meaning working or guarding dog. It is rarely used as a herding dog today.

In 1934 the British Kennel club gave the Pembroke and Cardigans separate breed status.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is described as:

  • Hardy, highly intelligent, obedient,
  • Protective and devoted.
  • Active, fun-loving and headstrong

Corgis are extremely active and are good with children so long as the dog sees humans as above him in the pack order. They make fine guards, and excellent show and obedience dogs. Wary of strangers, it should be properly socialized and trained when it is still young.

They need their humans to have a determined, consistent loving approach, showing firm but calm leadership with proper human to canine communication to avoid over-protective behaviors as an adult.

Some Pembrokes are more outgoing, restless and excitable than the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Several of these brave dogs have lost their lives defending their homes, as they were too small for the situation. They sometimes try to herd people by nipping at their heels, although they can and should be trained not to do this. The Pembroke tends to bark a lot and makes a good alarm dog.

Heelers had to be bold enough to run behind the feet of the cattle and nip their heels, low and robust enough to roll away from resulting kicks, and determined enough to go back for more. These qualities make them lively companions, but too stubborn and snappish to be good family dogs.

If you find your dog is barking at you in order to communicate you need to hush the dog and look into your leadership skills. A dog that is barking at you in that manner is showing signs of dominancy issues. Males can be aggressive with other males, particularly if a bitch in heat is in the vicinity. The human handlers need to communicate to the dog that aggressiveness with other dogs is an unwanted behavior. They are easily trained as long as training is done with gentle handling and without severe physical correction.

He is one of the most agreeable small housedogs, as well as an avid competitor in many dog sports, including conformation, herding and obedience.


The Pembroke does well with an active family in a rural or suburban home.


The Pembroke is a long, low, solidly built dog with short, well-boned legs. It has a foxy head with large, erect ears; oval, brown eyes; and a black nose. It is deep-chested and naturally tailless. It has a medium-length coat.


  • Welsh Corgis must be taken for daily walks and, as often as possible, allowed to run free in an open area. Like all dos close to the ground, the Welsh Corgi tends to suffer from intestinal chills.
  • Dry it well, especially the stomach and chest, after it has been out in the wet weather.
  • Brush its coat regularly.
  • Guard against overweight.

Information supplied by Woofahs – All things Pets.

Further information on the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Handy Pembroke Welsh Corgi Links

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