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Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Companion Of Royalty And Friend To All. Make Way For The Pembroke Welsh Corgi!

Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the smallest dog in the Herding Group that originating in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is one of two breeds known as Welsh Corgis.

In the beginning they were utilised for livestock droving but to a greater extent are generally kept as companion dogs. They are highly intelligent, obedient, caring and committed dog. Corgis are super active and dedicated small dogs, and are typically good with children.

"The Pembroke Welsh Corgi does not have a traceable breed history like most breeds of dogs".

Their history is scattered information by tales and folklore, even stories of the wee folk of the British Isles. Legend has it that two children, while tending the families cattle on royal land, found two puppies that they thought were foxes.





Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Once they reached home, the children were told the dogs were a gift from the fairies. The legend follows on to say that fairies could use these little dogs to pull their carriages or use them as mounts to ride into battle.

The most common theory accepted goes back to the Scandinavian raiders bringing their dogs over with them to the British Isles. This theory may go back as far as the 9th or 10th century. If you look at the Swedish Vallhund, there are similarities to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi that we know today.

It is presumed the Swedish dog may have been bred with the native Welsh dog and any offspring that showed an interest driving or herding cattle were selectively bred to enhance this skill. Some say that Flemish weavers who settled in Pembrokeshire, South Wales around the 12th century bred their dogs with the local cattle dogs.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Has A Royal Bed!

A lot of people will always associate this breed with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England who has had Pembroke Corgis for years. It was her father, who in 1933 purchased a pembroke puppy as a playmate for his daughters Elizabeth and Margaret.

Even today there are still Pembroke Corgis at Buckingham Palace, and due to Her Majesty's interest in the breed has passed on the love affair to America who love the Welsh Corgi. The Welsh Corgi is recognized by kennel clubs all around the world.

Don't let the size of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi put you off; like most herding breeds they are tough little characters.

Despite having short legs, they are athletic, active and extremely intelligent dogs. They can jump and run around just as fast as any of the larger breeds, when you consider that, originally, these little dogs ran around herding cows, sheep and horses by nipping at their heels.

Welsh Corgies are Keen to Learn

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Obedience training is an ideal way to gain a better understanding for both owner and dog. A well trained Pemboke is a delightful dog and they take very easily to one on one training. Agility training is also an excellent option for this breed of dog.

The average height of the Pembroke Corgi is between 10 and 12 inches tall, this measurement taken from the tallest point of the dog which is the withers (shoulders). On average they weigh no more than 30lb (15kg) with dogs in peak condition probably around 12kg.

Females are normally 1kg lighter. Due to their height, if you choose one of these dogs, be careful not to overfeed them as this will be harmful to their health, and can cause back problems.

Pembrokes can vary in color; sable, fawn, red, and black and tan. The tri-color or the technical names are Black Head Tri and Red Head Tri. If they have too much white on them, they are not acceptable as show dogs. The Corgis have short undercoats and also a longer thicker undercoat.

These coats shed all year round and seasonal shedding at least twice each year. The bitches who have had a litter of pups after the weaning process the bitch will shed her fur again.

Going back to the myths or legends
of the origins of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

A marking over the dogs withers is called the fairy saddle. This is due to the thickness of the hair and the direction in which the hair grows. This may be is where the fairy put the saddle when they used the dogs for carthorses or steeds. More than likely it is the way the coat grows, causing it to look like the shape of a saddle.

Pembrokes are physical, intelligent, and active dogs, in spite of their little legs and thickset body. The short legs might appear to be a disadvantage. However, they can run and jump equally as good as every other dog in its group size.

It is vital to Train and Exercise Pembroke Corgis as a Daily Routine.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

They can quickly become overfed and can easily become obese. That should not be an option for this breed of dog. It will shorten their lifespan and at the very least cause bad health problems. If exercised and kept active the pembroke Welsh Corgi has the longest lifespan of any dog in the herding group.

Height: Males 10-12 inches
Females 10-12 inches
Weight: Males 25-30 pounds
Females 24-28 pounds

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a wonderful companion and trusted friend.

They love contact with their owner and will happily entertain. If treated correctly they enjoy the company of children and will protect with their life. Corgi's are full of life and for the right people make for a wonderful family pet.





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