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Pembroke Welsh Corgi Breed Information

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Recognized By: ACR , AKC , ANKC , APRI , CCR , CKC , CKC , FCI , KCGB , NKC , NZKC , UKC
AKA: Corgi, Welsh Corgi
Mispellings: Coorgie, Corgie, Corgee, Corgy, Korgy, Pembrooke

Caring for a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Feeding: Care should be taken not to over feed this breed, as the Pembroke can gain weight very easily.

Living with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Temperament: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a hardy, obedient, intelligent dog.

Family Dog: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is good with children but may be wary of strangers.

Shedding: The Pembroke sheds its coat twice a year.

Grooming: The coat of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is relatively easy to groom and should be brush regularly with a firm bristle brush. They should be bathed only when necessary. The Corgi's coat should be left in its natural condition, with no trimming except when needed on the feet.

Training: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi should be trained and well-socialized as a puppy. They need a firm, consistent, calm, loving approach to avoid over-protectiveness as an adult. They have a natural herding instinct and need to be taught not to herd people.

Barking: The Pembroke like to bark quite a bit.

Weather: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi can live in most climates.

Exercise: The Pembroke is a naturally active dog and needs to remain so. They should be taken on long daily walks.

Living Conditions: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi can make a fine apartment dog provided they are given sufficient exercise. They are moderately active inside and do not need a large yard.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Appearance

Appearance: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a low-set dog with a strong sturdy build and intelligent expression.

Size: The overall height of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi should between 10 and 12 inches. Their weight should be proportionate to their size but not exceed 28 pounds for females and 30 pounds for males.

Companionship: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a very protective and devoted dog.

Head: The head of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi should have a foxy appearance with and interested and intelligent expression. The skull should be broad and flat between the ears with a moderate stop. The cheeks are slightly rounded but not filled in below the eyes giving a nicely chiseled look. The length of the head from the occiput to the stop should be greater than its length from the stop to the tip of the nose in a 5:3 proportion. If a line was drawn from the tip of the nose through the eyes to the tip of the ear and across it should form an equilateral triangle.

Nose: The nose of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi should be black in color.

Eyes: The Welsh Corgi's eyes should be medium-sized and oval in shape. They should be set somewhat obliquely and not too deep nor protruding. Their color should be a shade of brown to complement the coat color with dark rims.

Ears: The ears of the Pembroke Welsh corgi should be medium size and slightly tapering toward the tip. They should be held erect yet mobile enough to react to sounds around them.

Muzzle: The muzzle of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi should be neither dish-faced nor Roman-nosed. The lips should be tight and black with little or no fullness.

Teeth/Bite: The teeth of the Welsh Corgi meet in a scissors or level bite with the inner side of the upper incisors touching the outer edge of the lower ones.

Neck: The slightly arched neck of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi should be long enough to provide overall balance of the dog and blend cleanly into the shoulders.

Body: The body of the Welsh Corgi should be moderately long and low to the ground with the overall length from the withers to the base of the tail being about 40 percent greater than the overall height from the withers to the ground. The body should be sturdy but not too heavily nor light boned as to give a coarse or racy appearance. The topline should appear firm and level. A slight dip just behind the shoulders due to the heavy coat of the neck meeting the shorter coat of the body is allowed. The rib cage should be long and well sprung with a slight egg-shaped appearance The chest is deep and well let down between the front legs. When seen from above the body should appear to taper slightly toward the end of the short loin.

Forequarters: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has short front legs that are turned slightly inward so that they are closer together at the wrists than at the shoulders. The pasterns are firm and straight when viewed from the side. The shoulder blades should be long and well laid back beside the rib cage. The length of the upper arm is approximately equal to that of the shoulder blades. The elbows should be parallel to the body and well set back so that if a line was drawn from the tip of the shoulder blade through the elbow it would intersect the ground at a 90 degree angle.

Hindquarters: The strong flexible hindquarters of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi should have ample bone and be moderately angulated at stifle and hock. The thighs are well muscled. The hocks are short, parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground when seen from the side.

Gait: The gait of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi should be free and smooth with the front legs reaching well forward in unison with the driving rear legs. When seen from the front the legs do not move parallel to each other move slightly inward due to the short legs and broad chest. The rear legs should move well under the body in line with the front legs turning neither in nor out. The feet should move parallel with the line of motion without turning out or interfering with each other.

Feet: The arched feet of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi should be oval in shape with two middle toes slightly in front of the outer ones. They should have strong pads, short nails and turn neither in nor out. All of the dewclaws are usually removed.

Tail: The tail of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi should be docked as short as possible without being indented. The docked tail should never exceed two inches in length.

Color: The outer coat of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi can be red, sable, fawn, black and tan. There may be white markings on the legs, chest, neck, muzzle, under parts or on the head.

Coat: The coat of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is of moderate length with a thick, weather-resistant undercoat and a longer, coarser outer coat. The overall length of the coat varies with a thicker and longer ruff around the base of the neck, chest and shoulders. The coat on the body is flat with a slightly longer coat on the back of the legs. The coat may have some waviness to it but a straight coat is most desirable.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Facts

Category: Herding, AKC Herding

Life Expectancy: The average life expectancy of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is about 12 to 15 years of age.

Characteristics: The Pembroke may sometimes try to herd people by nipping at their heels. Some of their talents include: herding, guarding and competitive obedience.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Health

Health: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is prone to PRA, glaucoma and back disorders.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi History

History: The two varieties of Welsh Corgis, the Pembroke and the Cardigan have only been classified as separate breeds since the 1930s. There are a few different beliefs about these breeds' origins. One theory is they are both descended from Swedish Vallhunds who were brought to Wales by Vikings in the 800s. Another believes they were brought to Wales by the Celts in about 1200 BC and yet another believes they were brought to Wales by Flemish weavers during the 1100s. No matter how they originated the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was developed in Pembrokeshire, Wales where it was used to drive cattle by nipping their heels and barking. Their low body helped them avoid being kicked by cattle. The word "Corgi" is derived from the Celtic word for dog. The Pembroke is well-known as the favorite pet of Queen Elizabeth II. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has become more popular than the Cardigan.

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