The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is well-known for being Queen Elizabeth’s dog of choice. These short, squatty little dogs with satellite ears have been a constant companion to the Queen Mother since 1933. Perhaps not surprisingly, this breed is popular with Americans as well and ranks number ten on the American Kennel Club’s 2020 Most Popular Dog Breeds list.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Overview:
- Outgoing, energetic, highly intelligent, playful, friendly
- Respond well to positive, rewards-based training
- Height: 14 to 17 inches
- Weight: 22 – 30 lbs
- Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
- Not hypoallergenic
- Group: Herding
- Colors: Fawn, Sable, Black & Tan, Black & White, Red
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are long and low to the ground. They possess short, powerful legs and muscular thighs. Their deep chests allow them to keep up with a full day’s work herding cattle or sheep. Necessary traits for herding, these dogs are quick and agile and have a surprisingly “big” bark for their size. Corgis do have a tendency to bark.
Welsh Corgis make good watch dogs. They are loyal and loving pets and have middle-of-the-road care requirements. They are active dogs and require moderate daily exercise, 20-4- minutes a day. A long walk or slow jog is best as their short legs would not be able to keep up on a bike ride. Their waterproof, double coat needs to be brushed daily to help with shedding.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis they are working dogs at heart. As a herding dog, they like to have a job to do. Keeping your Corgi engaged will lead to contentment for both of you. When they aren’t busying themselves with a task, they want to spend their time with their people. They are affectionate, loyal and like attention. They are happiest spending time with their families.
Overall, Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a healthy breed. As always be sure to use a reputable breeder that will screen for stock health conditions in the breed.
History of the Breed
The Corgi came to Britain by way of the people of Flanders, from what is now northern Belgium, in 1107. As master weavers, they had been invited to relocate to southwestern Wales to live and work crafting carpets, textiles and tapestries by Henry I of Britain. Their skills were highly valued by the crown. They re-created their way of life in their new home which included bringing their small herding dogs.
The corgi eventually split into two distinct breeds in the late 1800s, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The Pembroke is the more popular of the two. Th Pembroke’s characteristic features are pointed, erect ears and a shorter tail than the Cardigan.
These energetic, playful little dogs make great pets. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are loyal and loving and would require a medium PlexiDor Dog Door for access to their backyard environment. Contact our Customer Service team with any questions or call 888-PETDOOR. We are always happy to help!