- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 10-14 years
- Prey Drive: moderate
- Watchdog: aware
- Registered?: aca, akc
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Breed Profile
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, one of two Corgi breeds, was first recognized as the smallest of the American Kennel Club’s Herding Group in 1934. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s history can be traced back to the 10th century, making it a very old canine breed.
Not to be confused with its close relative, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a friendly and jovial dog breed that makes a great family pet. Telling the difference between the two for the common person can most easily be achieved by the tails of the Corgi. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi will most always have a docked tail, while the Cardigan will have a full tail. The Cardigan is also a bit larger, and has larger ears. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi will generally have a coat color of red, sable, fawn, or black and tan. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi can have coat colors that are red, sable, brindle, black and blue merle.
The word Corgi in the Welsh language means “Dwarf Dog”, which definitely works given the Corgi’s small stature. However, they are surely not short on personality as they are energetic and fun dogs. Pembroke Welsh Corgis have been the preferred breed of the British Royal family for over 70 years, as Queen Elizabeth II herself has owned over 30 Pembroke Welsh Corgis during her reign as Queen.
The Welsh Corgi is a loving and affectionate breed who will be a puppy at heart for its entire life. Extremely loving with its family, it will love to follow the family around and be involved in your everyday lives. Early socialization with children and small animals should help curb the herding tendency of the corgi and slow down its want to chase everything. Overall, the Corgi is an excellent family pet and will be generally friendly with strangers, other pets, and dogs with proper socialization.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is very in tune with its surroundings. Being so connected to its family, most Corgis will not like to be alone for long periods and can develop separation anxiety if not given proper attention. They are an okay fit for apartment living, usually, but will need some space to run. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is not overly sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, but like all dogs, avoid exposure to extreme temperatures on either end.
Being ranked by author Stanley Coren as the 11th most intelligent dog, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a highly trainable breed. A novice owner will have success training this breed because of the Corgi’s want to please its owner and its excellent attention span. As with any dog breed, obedience training can be extremely helpful in building a bond between dog and owner and making training your Corgi even easier.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi should be a fairly healthy dog, but like with all breeds, there are some things to watch for. Some of the ailments that can be found in the breed are Hip Dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s disease, and Degenerative Myelopathy. Proper screening of the parents can help avoid most genetic issues.
The Corgi is a shedder! Pembroke Welsh Corgis are double-coated with a thick undercoat and a longer topcoat. Daily brushing will help control the amount of loose fur shed by this breed. Weekly tooth brushing is recommended, as is monthly nail trimming.
He’s so excited, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi just can’t hide it! They are energetic little fuzzballs with one of the most playful personalities of any dog breed. All in all, they won’t run you ragged, but they will be a lot of fun.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis will generally weigh between 22 and 30 pounds and stand between 10 and 12 inches at the withers.
12 to 14 years