Breed of the Week: Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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Breed of the Week: Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Appearance:
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi stands between 10 to 12 inches in height and are generally longer than they are tall. With a thick protective outer coat and dense under coat, they do require moderate grooming and do shed regularly. They also have a traditionally bobbed tail and perked upright ears.

Temperament:
Considered bold and friendly, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is outgoing and alert, as they were originally bred to herd cattle and sheep by driving at their ankles. Unlike other herding breeds, Pembroke Welsh Corgis do not utilize staring in herding which makes them a more contact driven breed. They do well in most environments, though they do require more exercise than other dogs of similar size. With a lot of attention paid to socialization, Pembroke Welsh Corgis can do well with children and other animals.

Health Concerns:
Like many longer dogs, Pembroke Welsh Corgis can be prone to back injury and disc disease. They are also known to have dysplasia, though this is more commonly seen in larger dogs.

Fun Facts:
• The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the slightly heavier of the Corgi breeds and lacks a tail- the bobbed tail is in fact their most distinguished feature.
• The name “corgi” is actually derived from the Welsh phrase for “dwarf dog” due to their short stature.
• Pembroke Welsh Corgis have been associated with the British Monarchy since the 1800s – often pictured traveling with their royal owners. Their history can be traced back to the 11th century!