Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)
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Group: Working Dog
Size: Small - 30 cm tall
Weight: 10 to 12 kg
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is best known today as the prized dog of Queen Elizabeth. One of the smaller working breeds, it is a popular house dog but still needs an outlet for its energy.
Pembrokes were imported from Europe into England at about 900 AD, 2000 years after the Cardigan Welsh Corgi made the same journey. The most popular theory is that Henry the First of England settled a group of Flemish weavers, and their dogs, in Wales in 900 AD. The Welsh used both Corgi breeds to drove cattle on open plains. The dog’s advantage was its height — any kicks from annoyed cattle went clear over its head.
The ‘Corgi’ name translates as ‘little dog’. Originally the two breeds were very much distinct, with the Pembroke originating from the Spitz family and the Cardigan from the Teckel or Dachshund breed.
Cross-breeding in the nineteenth century made the two breeds appear similar.
Pembroke Corgis arrived in Australia in 1934, seven years before the first Cardigan.
The Pembroke is low set, strong, sturdy, alert and active. It has a foxy head with an alert expression, pricked, medium-sized ears and a long neck. Its short legs are as straight as possible and its body is medium in length. It has a free and active gait, front legs moving well forward and hind legs thrusting back.
Its coat is medium length, straight with a dense undercoat. It is never soft, wavy or wiry. Self colours are red, sable, fawn, black and tan. White markings on legs, brisket and neck are allowed.
One of the more noticeable differences between the two breeds is the tail — on the Pembroke it is usually docked.
Outgoing and friendly, Pembrokes are never nervous or aggressive. They have enormous energy and, of course, the courage such a small herding dog needs to confront cattle.
Care and Grooming
Corgis must be taken for daily walks and if possible, be allowed to run free in an open area. Guard against overweight and brush the coat regularly. Ensure chest and stomach are dried regularly in continual wet weather.