Also Known As:
Pembroke, PWC, Pem
Area of Origin:
Smart, Agreeable, Alert
Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Norwegian Buhund, Icelandic Sheepdog, Finnish Lapphund
Best Breeds For:
Someone who wants a constant companion. Corgis love to follow their owners through the house.
Eager to please and a delight to train.
With the right exercise, anywhere’s possible: city, country, condo or cabin. They love to herd and chase, so outside they do need a fence or a leash.
According to Welsh legend, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was the enchanted dog of fairies who would use them to pull tiny coaches. The Corgi’s markings over the shoulders and withers (on the back, between the shoulder blades) is known by some as a “fairy saddle.”
A more likely reality is that the dog was brought to Wales from Scandinavia or Continental Europe. Some say the Corgi arrived with the Vikings as early as 800 A.D. Others claim it was Flemish weavers who introduced the dog to the Welsh in the 12th century. The breed is related to the Samoyed, the Chow Chow and the Finnish Spitz — and now is split into two breeds: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Corgi. Pembrokes are more popular, more outgoing and often sport a docked, nubby tail.
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Corgis are herders. You don’t need livestock to own a Corgi, but they don’t love it when their family is scattered throughout the house. Most Corgis crave everyone in the family to be herded into the same area.
Health & Care
Height: 10″ to 12” at the shoulder
Weight: Up to 30 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 14 years
As a true dwarf breed, their stature can lead to health issues. Prone to: Hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s disease, and eye issues. Corgis have a “robust” appetite, so watch out for excessive weight gain.
Grooming: There’s always some shedding happening and two big blowouts a year, but grooming isn’t laborious. Brush regularly to keep it under control and bathe as needed.
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Smart, alert and outgoing, these short-legged dogs are small but mighty. They come from a long line of working dogs that have herded cattle, and they still have that herding instinct today. At home, they love to follow their family around and get them all in the same room. They’re friendly, loyal and loving, but not above nipping your ankles to get you moving in the right direction.
These dogs have been the faithful companions to Queen Elizabeth II for decades. More recently, they’ve become Internet famous for their uncanny resemblance to a loaf of bread, and their annual beach meet-up in Southern California.
Featured Image: Topi the Corgi