The Pembroke originated from Wales around the 13th century. It is said to be a descendant of its close relative, the cardigan welsh corgi which has outlived the Pembroke. This breed was used for herding and is one of the shortest dogs to do this kind of work. It is also known Ci Sawdl, Welsh healer, Pembroke or Pembi. They are highly intelligent and independent minded. Originally they were considered to be the same as the Cardigan Welsh but in the early 20th century they were separated due to disparate features that they had.
They have a generally healthy looking body with short legs. Their body is long giving them a rectangular frame. Its stands at 10 – 12 inches tall and weighs 25 – 30 pounds. They have almond shaped eyes, and their muzzle is proportional to their head. It has long erect ears that stand right above its head. It hardly has a tail because it is born without one or undergoes docking. It has a dense double coat, and this makes it adapt well to the cold environment it lives in.
It is a highly intelligent, loving and lovable dog. They are active and will play a lot with children. They are loyal and obedient to their owners and provide good protection due to their high level of alertness. They enjoy chasing moving objects of which other pets are included. Though they tend to be very playful and active, they only require moderate exercise for their overall wellbeing. They have a strong personality, and a trainer will need to be patient with them to get them to do what they want. They bark a lot, especially when approached by unknown person or animal.
Though the Corgi may not be very active, it is important to ensure that they get their daily exercise for both their physical and mental wellbeing. They should be socialized early in their life so that they do not develop anti-social behaviors later. They will be comfortable with apartment living as long as they get sufficient exercise.
They are generally a healthy breed, but some health concerns will include: eye problems, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, monorchidism and Von Willebrand’s disease. Not all corgis will suffer from these diseases, but it is good for an owner to be aware and ensure that the dog gets the regular medical checkup.
The Corgi should be fed on high-quality, nutritious food. The amount of food served is dependent on the age, size and level of activity that the dog is involved in. Avoid haphazard feeding as this may lead to overfeeding and the dog ends up with obesity.
Coat, Color and Grooming
The Corgis, have a weather resistant double coat. The undercoat is dense and soft while the topcoat is a bit loose and hard. They shed their coat seasonally hence it is important to brush their hair. Brush their teeth, trim their nails and check their ears to ensure good hygiene.
With family and other pets
They fit in well with family and are especially good with children especially when it is playtime. They will get along with other pets as long as they are well socialized.