Pembroke Welsh Corgi Guide

Herding Dog Breeds


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.


FAST FACTS
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Herding
Origin: Wales
Breed Group: Herding
Average Lifespan: 11-13 years
Size: Medium
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

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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

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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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IDEAL FAMILY

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.

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