The Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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Pembroke Welsh Corgi Herding Skills

Pembroke Welsh CorgiThe Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a natural herding dog. As member of the Herding Group, this breed is short in stature, with a long frame. They have fox like features, making these corgis highly popular with families around the world. Weighing from 25 to 27 lbs, the Pembroke only reaches a height of up to 12 niches.

The temperament Pembroke Welsh Corgis is best described as quick-witted, spunky, and alert. Always willing to please and devoted to its human family members, they make excellent watchdogs and will even fight off intruders if necessary. Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs are safe to have around children but the dogs may nip at your children’s heels in attempt to play. They also tend to bark a lot, especially when strangers approach.

A Brief History Of The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Herding Dogs

In many books,  Welsh cattle dogs were mentioned as early as the 11th century and although the breed shares a past with the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, it developed completely on its own in a separate area in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Although it is difficult to trace the Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed’s exact bloodline, we do know that the dogs were important in helping farmers working in South Wales. These little canines were excellent at herding cattle with their technique of nipping at the heels of the herd, and would duck with extreme speed and pin-point agility to avoid being kicked.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgis were still working in the fields while many other breeds were seen in the show ring. It wasn’t until 1926 that a Pembroke Welsh Corgi club was formed for the breed. Breeders further sought to improve the dog’s overall appearance. The big differences between the Pembroke and the Cardigan is that the Pembroke is smaller and with features very similar to the fox.

The two types were officially recognized as separate breeds in 1934, and it was the Pembroke Welsh Corgi that became hugely more popular than the Cardigan. King George VI took fancy with the breed, as well as Queen Elizabeth II. By the time the mid-1960’s arrived, the Pembroke was one of the most popular dogs in the world with droves of Pembroke Welsh Corgi fanciers.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Care

This dog absolutely loves to herd, and in addition to daily walks on the leash, the Pembroke should be involved with plenty of herding exercises to complete its exercise requirements. Their minds are also complete sponges when it comes to absorbing training commands, which makes the Pembroke an ideal candidate for advanced obedience training.

The Pembroke pet can withstand both hot and cool temperatures and are physically capable of living outside but they are most happy when allowed to sleep indoors with the family at night. They thrive on human companionship. Grooming requirements for the breed consists of a weekly brushing of the coat to remove dead hairs.

Corgi Health Concerns

The average lifespan of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is between eleven and thirteen years. Major health concerns of the dog breed that run common in the breed are CHD and intervertebral disc disease. Minor health issues include degenerative myelopathy and epilepsy. Rarely seen is lens luxation, PRA, vWD, and urinary stones. Veterinarians suggest that the Pembroke get specifically tested for DNA for PRA, hip, and eye problems.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America

Before purchasing a puppy, please consider giving an older Corgi a loving home.  According to the PWCCA, most Corgis which come into rescue do so due to a lack of attention, lack of training, or changes within the family situation.  Most of these dogs are two years old or older.  All rescued Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs are spayed or neutered and up to date on shots.  For more information on how to adopt a rescue a Pembroke Welsh Corgi please visit PWCCA for contact information of local rescues.

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