The royal and loyal Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an active and very smart dog that is ready to learn and eager to be trained. With their short legs, Pembrokes are wonderful with children and other animals. You can find Pembrokes in all different colors and fur markings as well.
Corgis, especially Pembrokes, are herding dogs who love to herd anything and everything. They are very short due to their stumpy legs so they are usually ten inches to one foot tall at the shoulder. They are a pretty solid dog, weighing up to thirty pounds. With the proper care and love, a Pembroke can live from twelve to fourteen years.
Welsh Corgis can come in two varieties: the Pembroke and the Cardigan. Before 1934, these two breeds were registered under one until many breeders publicized that the two breeds developed separately and differently. While they both have the same level of intelligence and herding abilities, the Cardigan is slightly larger and heavier than the Pembroke. However, the biggest difference between the two breeds is that the Pembroke have a little stub of a tail while the Cardigan has a long tail.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Unlike other dogs, the Pembroke’s origin comes from folklores. It is said that the Pembrokes sprang from fairies and elves. One day, two children were wandering in the forest and found these Corgis and brought them back home where the children’s parents told them the the Corgis were used by the fairies to ride into battle. It is said that as the dogs grew up with the family, they learned how to help take care of the children and the cattle. The historical origin of the Corgis was that Vallhunds who were Swedish cattle dogs that were brought to Wales by the Vikings. Pembrokes were very popular in Europe and were finally brought into the United States in 1936. Today, they are among the Top 50 dogs breeds in the United States.
While Pembrokes are still used as working dogs today, they are still very good family dogs as well. They are known to be very loving, loyal, and smart but can have a stubborn streaks at points. Pembrokes are relatively easy to train because of how much they want to please their owner and make them happy. However, if they are feeling particularly stubborn one day, food is always a perfect way to get a Pembrokes to do what you want. With this, they love to eat and can easily become obese is not given food in moderation. While they may be on the smaller end, Pembrokes are great guard dogs and their strong bark can ward over any stranger. Like every other dog, it is important to socialize your Pembroke as early as possible to make them as well-rounded as possible.
Corgis and the Queen:
It is likely that you have seen Corgis because of the Queen. Corgis are all over Buckingham Palace gift shops: key chains, stuffed animals, magnets, Christmas-tree ornaments and basically anything you could think of. The long line of royal Corgis started in 1933 with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth got their first Corgi: Dookie. Then, on Queen Elizabeth’s 18th birthday in 1944, she got her own Corgi and named her Susan. Susan gave birth to her own litter in 1949 and this started the program of royal breeding. While Queen Elizabeth’s children, may have not found the same love for Corgis, they are still a big part of the royal family today.
And do not forget, there are always dogs that need adopting. Try to go to shelters instead of “puppy boutiques” or breeders be cause those dogs need homes more than ever. If you want a Corgi, go no further than this link!