Origin and characteristics

The Corgi’s ancestry can be traced right back to the 10th Century. As the name implies, the Pembroke Welsh corgi was developed in Wales in the Pembrokeshire area. The word corgi has different meanings; it is Celtic for “dog” or cor for “dwarf” and gi for “dog.” Whatever the meaning, corgis were originally used as all-around farm dogs, particularly good with cattle. Being small, they were less expensive to maintain. These charming dogs have been placed on the list of vulnerable native breeds and as such fewer puppies are registered every year.

They are active dogs who never want to be left out of the action, they enjoys being involved in everything that goes on around them. In their own minds, they are big dogs in small bodies. Perhaps because of their small stature, corgis seem to be attracted to high places and may occasionally be found on the back of the sofa or in the middle of the kitchen table.

Corgis want to be part of the family, they are loving, loyal, people oriented. They thrive in a family environment where the children are slightly older and are not the best choice for people with younger children. They form very strong bonds with their owners and suffer separation anxiety when left on their own.

Corgis do need a firm but kind hand in training.  They are very intelligent and easy to train because they learn quickly. They can be a little aggressive around other dogs, so it’s important for these dogs to be well socialised from a young age by introducing them to lots of new situations, noises, people, other animals and dogs.

They need lots of daily physical exercise to keep their weight off, anything from 40 to 60 minutes per day with as much off the lead time as possible. If they are not given the right amount of mental stimulation and exercise every day, a Pembroke would quickly get bored and could even begin to show some destructive behaviours, such as barking, chewing, digging.

For such little dogs, they have an impressive bark and they make wonderful watchdogs because they are always ready to let an owner know when there are strangers about or when something is happening that they don’t like.

They are a great choice for first time owners because they are so eager to please and quick to learn new things thanks to their intelligence.

They are highly adaptable being just as happy living in an apartment as they are in a house as long as they get their daily physical exercise.

  • Lifespan: 12-15 Years

  • Size: 25-30 cm

  • Weight: 9-12 kg

  • Breed group: pastoral

  • Coat: short double

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

Corgis have short double coats that protects them from the weather. The coat is built up from a straight, medium length top coat and a much denser undercoat that’s quite harsh to the touch.

They require weekly grooming, except during shedding season.

Pembrokes shed throughout the year, especially in the spring and autumn

How to manage shedding?

Pembrokes need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. Welsh Pembroke Corgis boast having easy maintenance coats. A weekly brush is all it takes to keep things tidy and to remove any loose and dead hair. They do shed quite a bit all year round, especially during the Spring and Autumn. During this period more frequent grooming is usually necessary.

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