Did you know?
The most famous Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog owner in the world is England’s Queen Elizabeth II. She received her first one, Susan, at the age of eighteen and has owned over 30 in the course of her lifetime.
Her current dogs are Swift, Emma, and Linnet.
Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)
Buy a pup and your money will buy love unflinching. – Rudyard Kipling
Ancestors of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi are believed to have come to Wales with Flemish weavers around the 1100s. Believed to have developed from the Cardigan Corgi, the Pembroke Corgi was named for Pembrokeshire in Wales where the breed was stabilized. The Corgi interbred with local herding dogs and became an efficient herder of cattle and other livestock.
Today the Pembroke Corgi is most visible as the almost constant companion of British royalty. Queen Elizabeth II has owned and loved these little dogs for more than 70 years. One, named Susan, was hidden under rugs in the Royal Carriage following her wedding to Prince Philip. The Queen has bred ten generations of dogs from Susan.
Although ‘corgi’ is Welsh for tiny dog, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi stands 12 inches (30 cm) tall at the shoulder and weighs 27 pounds (12 kg).
Unlike his cousin, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, the Pembroke’s tail is either non-existent or docked. His medium-long coat is straight and water-resistant. It comes in red, fawn, black and tan, or sable, with or without white markings.
Photos displayed courtesy of KenDelee Perm Reg’d, Ontario
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a loyal, affectionate, playful, busy little dog. He makes a good family pet if he is not left alone for long periods. He is also good with children as long as he is not unduly teased. This is a herding dog and his natural instinct will be to nip at people’s heels. Early and firm training should curb this tendency. He is intelligent, obedient, and a quick learner which makes him easy to train.
Pembrokes enjoy being with their people and are smart enough to learn new things easily but they are also easily bored, so patience is key in obedience training. They will certainly make you laugh with their playful antics! Size notwithstanding, their “big-dog” attitude and natural agility means they are up to anything. However, those short legs mean you have to wait for him to more fully develop (at least 18 months) before enrolling him in dog sports requiring jumping.
The Pembroke Corgi packs a good-sized bark for his size! This makes him a good watch dog but may aggravate neighbours, especially for apartment-dwellers. The Corgi is very active and should have room to run around or should be exercised every day. This will help protect him against a tendency to become overweight.