Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a herding breed. They are short and athletic. This comes in handy when they are herding livestock as they can duck out of the way of flying hooves. It is also a benefit when they are lucky enough to be a treasured family member as they fit in smaller places. In fact, a favorite sleeping site is under their master's bed.
Pembrokes, or Pemmies, have a docked tail and are seen in three color variations: the most common, red and white, as well as the black/red/white tri color and the sable (similar in color and marking to a German Shepard). They have a double coat which they shed twice a year or "blow" their coat in the spring and late summer. They require little grooming in between sheds.
Our Pemmies are busy dogs. They have 2 acres on which they can run and play, and boy, do they. Their favorite game involves taking off in a team to run full tilt up the hill, scattering the chickens as they go, arguing about who is to be the leader. They are very playful and some will chase a ball until they drop from exhaustion.
When raised around children they love nothing better than to accompany their kids on adventures. They are easy to train and eager to please. That doesn't mean they will always do as they are told as stubborness is a characteristic of the breed. When a treat is offered as reward they will do just about anything.
The biggest problems with the breed are obesity (owner related) and barking inappropriately (I bark when I am bored too). They are very bright and can get themselves into trouble when they are bored. They aren't nearly as busy as Border Collies, though, and are much more willing to lay at your feet just to keep you company. Hence their tendency to become obese. They LOOOOOVE to eat and never seem to be satisfied. Since they have a dense coat and short legs it is easy to allow them to get too fat without realizing it.
As breeders we are committed to maintaining the breed standard and breeding for the best pets possible. We are not into the show scene although we love attending AKC shows to keep up with the trends in conformation.
Our utmost priority is producing wonderful pets as we believe the Corgi can be the ideal family dog. Their medium to small size makes them an easy addition to any living situation. We are breeding for exceptional temperaments and good, sound bodies.
We are unaware of any genetic problems in our line. There are 9 of our Corgis in our extended families and all are exceptionally healthy. In our 11 year history with our lines we have not heard of any major health or temperament issues.
Of course an ill treated or spoiled Corgi of any breeding can be a menace but when raised in a loving home with appropriate obedience training these dogs are a delight.
Corgis have to be strong willed to handle herding cattle so anyone living with a Corgi must be a strong pack leader. If not, your Corgi will take over and can be unforgiving of misbehavior. This can lead to "behavior problems" from a human perspective. From the dogs' perspective, they are acting completely appropriately to their situation. We STRONGLY encourage and support new Corgi owners to take their dogs through several sessions of Obedience training with an experienced trainer emphasizing positive reinforcement.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi History
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi can be traced back to 1107 and the Corgi was developed in Pembrokeshire, Wales, where it got its name. Some may find it surprising that despite its diminutive stature, the Corgi has more often been used to herd cattle than sheep; the Corgi’s small size helped it duck kicks from flying hooves and weave in and out of a cow’s legs. For hundreds of years, they could also be seen serving as watchdog in the average Welsh farmer’s home. This breed is a favorite of Queen Elizabeth the Second. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was officially recognized as a breed by the AKC in 1934.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Temperament
PWCs are an active, intelligent breed that forms close bonds with their owners. Like with most herding dogs, they are quite intelligent and learn quickly, they may get bored with the repetetiveness of obedience training so consistancy is a must. They tend to get along well with other dogs and housepets, but can be territorial with strange dogs that they don't know. PWC are very alert dogs that make excellent watchdogs and they will bark when something is amiss, some Corgis may be aloof towards stangers. They tend to make excellent family dogs and are willing to frolic and play with children to burn off excess energy. The exercise needs of this dog is moderate with a daily walk being sufficient. PWC may try to display their herding abilities by trying to "round up" small children and other animals.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Appearance
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a well built, long and low dog that usually weighs between 25 to 30 pounds and stand 10 to 12 inches at the withers. They have upright prick ears and no tail, which is the hallmark of the breed. Their coats are short, dense and come in colours that vary from red, sable, fawn, or black and tan (tri-color) with or without white markings on the legs, chest, neck, muzzle, underneath, and as a narrow blaze on the head.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Grooming
PWCs are a fairly easy dog to care for and a weekly brushing will do. They are considered heavy seasonal shedders that will shed more during the Spring and Fall when they are growing new coats.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Life Expectancy and Health Problems
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a relatively healthy dog. Some of the diseases that effect this breed are; Arthritis, Hip Displasia, vonWillebrand's Disease (a blood clotting disorder), Degenerative Myelopathy (degeneration of the spinal cord) and Cataracts. Corgis are also prone to obesity, so their diets must be carefully monitored. The average lifespan of this breed is 12 to 14 years.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Pros and Cons
This simplified list may help you decide if a Pembroke Welsh Corgi might be a good fit for your lifestyle.
Do You Want
a small, yet sturdy dog?
a good family pet?
a dog that makes a good watchdog?
a dog that is intelligent and fairly easy to train?
Do You NOT Want
a dog that is intelligent and needs mental stimulation?
a dog that barks a lot?
a dog that may display it's herding abilities by nipping at the heels of people?
a dog that sheds a lot?