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Other working dogs include the KelpieKelpie


Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cardigan Welsh Corgi


and Lancashire Heeler,

Lancashire Heeler

 to mention a few.



Pembroke Welsh Corgi


Pembroke Welsh Corgi




The Pembroke Welsh Corgi originates from the same family as the Spitz, the Elkhound and Pomeranian and unlike its cousin the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, the Pembroke doesn’t have Dachshund characteristics.  These heeler type dogs were used as a working breed to herd livestock and it is said that they are a descendant of dogs owned by Flemish weavers who settled in west Wales.  It is interesting to note that all Corgi dogs are dwarfs and that is because they carry the achondroplasia gene which causes short limbs yet leaves the body a normal size.



As the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is instinctively a herding dog and a heeler, it may display this tendency if it sights a nice pair of heels on the move to nip at.  They are outgoing, friendly, loyal and very active dog leaning towards being more excitable than reserved. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are affectionate and tolerant of children though prone to be a bit suspicious of strangers.  Even though they are quite active and not very docile lap dogs they don’t really require excessive space, preferring to have plenty of attention rather than acres of room.



Height:   25-30cm (10-12in)

Weight:  12kg   (27lb)

Group: Working Dog

This breed wears an undercoat of fine soft fur, with an overcoat of short, somewhat coarse fur and their undercoat sheds continuously all year round, with extensive seasonal shedding occurring at least twice each year.  Dogs with longer, thicker coats and exaggerated feathering on the ears and backs of legs are commonly referred to as "fluffy" corgis and is recognised as a cosmetic flaw in the show ring however still make wonderful pets and performance dogs in obedience, agility, tracking and herding. Their coat is predominantly black however, can be red, sable, fawn, or tricolor with or without white markings on the legs, chest, neck, muzzle, chest, belly, or as a narrow blaze on the head   These active, intelligent, and athletic dogs have quite short legs which may be seen be a disadvantage, but surprisingly enough they can run faster than the average dog.



They have a short double coat which requires the occasional brushing to remove dead hair and dirt. As they have two seasonal moults a year, in spring and autumn they will require more diligent grooming at this time. Apart from being excellent house pets they do leave a bit of hair lying around the place. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your Corgi, your local  dog grooming parlour provides these services. 


Life Expectancy

12 Years


Health Concerns

Generally hardy and healthy dogs. Like other breeds, they may suffer from eye diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy and glaucoma. These diseases can be tested for by a veterinarian and you should enquire of the breeder if the parents have been screened. Since all Corgis are dwarfs they are prone to a series of skeletal problems. Choose a compact and well proportioned animal if possible. Unusually long bodied Corgis are more prone to slipped discs in the middle of the back. Back problems may also occur in aged dogs, particularly if they are overweight and poorly exercised.


Life Span

An average lifespan of 12 years.  



They don't need a large space to run around in and as they like company. they could display destructive behaviour if left in the yard with little attention. These little fellows make great family pets and one of the more popular choices for the active mature person as they make great house pets and are not overly boisterous with the children. 

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Queen Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 Pembroke Welsh Corgis since 1944 when she was given her first one as an 18th birthday present and it is this high profile which has caused the breed to be so popular in the United Kingdom.


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