Welsh legend has it that fairies rode Pembroke Welsh Corgis into battle — that's why they have saddle-shaped markings on their backs. We can neither confirm nor deny this breed's interactions with the Unseelie Court. We can say, however, that these dogs are the special favorites of her majesty Elizabeth II, the Queen of England — she has 16 of them! Nor can we blame her: try to look at this dog's cheerful face and fuzzy waddle and not fall in love.
Originally from Wales, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the oldest herding breed. These medium-sized and medium-energy dogs can grow to between 25-27 pounds and live an average of 11-13 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Herding group.
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Herding
Breed Group: Herding
Average Lifespan: 11-13 years
Bark Factor: Moderate
AKC RANKING 24
FAMILY livestock, herding
AREA OF ORIGIN Wales
DATE OF ORIGIN 1110s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION cattle driving
TODAY'S FUNCTION cattle driving, herding trials
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 10-12 Weight: 27
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 10-12 Weight: 25
OTHER NAME none
Energy level Medium energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Moderately playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Very friendly
Friendliness toward strangers Very friendly
Ease of training Hard to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Very protective
Grooming needs Low maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Playful, fun-loving, and affectionate, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is often a fantastic family dog. They're great with kids, though they might try to herd your little ones — be sure to supervise play or wait until your children are older before bringing a Pembroke Welsh Corgi home. These are kindly, gentle dogs with a bit of boldness to them.
WHAT IS PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI BEHAVIOR LIKE?
This is an agreeable and active breed. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are miniature athletes, who want to be on the go as much as possible. They love to herd, but will also happily play with you in the yard or follow along for a short run. With enough exercise, these dogs are alert but calm housemates.
Some Pembroke Welsh Corgis can be a bit vocal, so you'll want to discourage nuisance barking early and often.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI?
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a biddable breed — they learn quickly and are eager to please. These dogs respond well to games or treats. It's important that they have a fenced space to play and run in. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are fierce competition in obedience, agility, tracking, conformation, and—of course—herding events.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO PEMBROKE WELSH CORGIS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
They don't need much fancy grooming, but their coarse, weatherproof coats do tend to shed heavily. Plan to brush them weekly — more frequently if they're shedding. Bathe as needed.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO PEMBROKE WELSH CORGIS HAVE?
This is a sturdy and generally healthy breed. Some are prone to eye disease or hip dysplasia. They are also susceptible to spinal problems, epilepsy, and progressive paralysis. Many of these problems can be prevented by working with a reputable breeder if you purchase and discussing your desire to add one to your home with your veterinarian. Pembroke Welsh Corgis will get a bit chubby if you let them, so be mindful about meals and snacks.
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ARE PEMBROKE WELSH CORGIS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club doesn't list Pembroke Welsh Corgis among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.
You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after you've been playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, and so produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with a dog like a Pembroke Welsh Corgi! Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.
WHAT IS A PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI'S BEST DAY?
Pembroke Welsh Corgis want cows to drive, sheep to herd, ducks to wrangle, or a farm to guard. Failing that, they'd really like to run around with you as much as caninely possible. (And maybe a peanut butter cookie after.)
SHOULD I ADOPT A PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI?
Corgis are adaptable to lots of different environments, provided they get enough time and space to run around. They're not particular about the weather, and are equally comfortable in warm and cool temperatures. These dogs are loving and loyal. If you don't mind their enthusiasm for barking and their abundant shedding, it's hard to picture a better small dog to have around the house than a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Have you decided that a Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the perfect dog for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.