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Pembroke Welsh Corgi Breed Info

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are lively, outgoing, playful, and highly affectionate dogs. Famous for being the favored pets of royals for centuries, Corgis are among the top 10 most popular breeds in the United Kingdom and the United States. Although small and often referred to as “dwarf dogs”, these adorable-looking pooches have great speed, agility, and an even greater capacity for learning. They are exceedingly bright, loyal, kind, and caring. Some of the features that these pups are adored for are their contagious good mood, excellent behavior around children, and eagerness to please their owners.  

BREED TYPE / MIX Purebred ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Regularly TRAINING Determined TEMPERAMENT Gentle, Kindly, Sweet, Playful ADULT WEIGHT 22-31 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 10-12 in LIFE SPAN 12-15 yrs

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Characteristics

  • The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is also known as PWC, Pems, Pembroke, Pem Corgi, or simply Corgi  
  • Happy and with a constant desire to show affection, Corgis make excellent emotional support dogs
  • The Corgi puppy is smart and easy to train
  • Kind, patient, and gentle, the Pembroke is fantastic with children of all ages  
  • The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a weather-resistant coat and is comfortable in both hot and cold climates
  • Alert, brave, and vocal when need be, Corgis make great watchdogs  
  • The Pembroke Corgi is a wonderful companion pet for families with kids, couples, singles, seniors, and first-time pet owners
  • Highly adaptable and easygoing, Corgis fit best in a house with plenty of space to roam around in. If properly exercise, they will be just as happy in an apartment
  • Energetic and fun-loving, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the ideal jogging and hiking companion 

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Breeders

Like people, the most critical moments in a puppy's life starts in the beginning. It truly takes a special breeder to assist with nourishing and raising an Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy properly. Only the nation's best Corgi breeders can provide the best quality of life. Here at Premier Pups, we work hand-in-hand with our breeders. Providing a safe, natural, comfortable, and healthy environment for the nursing mother and her baby is essential. We only align ourselves with Pembroke Welsh Corgi breeders whose standards are much higher than the rest. We spend consistent on-site time with our selected breeders and can undoubtedly say that our puppies come from a caring environment.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Appearance

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is very unique, precious, and adorable-looking. A dog of royal background and appearance, the Corgi looks friendly, confident, and happy. The Pembroke has a sturdy-built, strong, and muscular body, a smooth gait, and short legs in proportion to the body. With features that make it impossible not to fall into enchantment, Corgis have a foxlike face, large upright ears that are rounded at the tip, and oval-shaped adoring eyes that come in shades of brown. Their muzzle forms a wide beautiful smile and they always appear in a joyful mood.  

Small to medium in stature, Corgis stand at 10 to 12 inches tall and weigh between 20 to 30 pounds fully grown, with the female Corgi being slightly smaller.  

Corgis sport a thick double coat that is straight to slightly wavy and glossy. The most common Corgi coat colors are fawn, sable, red, blue, with white markings, and combinations of black and tan or black and white.  

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Temperament

Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs are fun-loving, adventurous, and sweet-tempered. They are remarkable with children, instant friends with other dogs, and affectionate with their human family and strangers alike. These gorgeous dogs love to go on hiking trips, long walks, jogs, and even swims in shallow waters. They also enjoy canine games and sports like tug of war, treat puzzles, fetching, agility and herding sports, flyball, and tracking. Because they have always been working dogs, Corgis crave to be on the move as much as possible, and they feel the need to be involved in all family activities.  

Corgi puppies are beyond adorable. They are energetic, playful, and cuddly, and they pass on their joy to everyone around them. These lovely puppies are very intelligent, eager to learn, and please. They find training as easy and as fun as any game, and they pick up on commands very quickly.  

When it comes to their family, Corgi dogs are exceptional companion pets. They have a strong loyal nature and a positive disposition. Corgis enjoy cuddles and adventures in equal measure, just as long as they are with their people.  

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Pembroke Welsh Corgi History

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, also known as PWC, Pem Corgi, Pembroke, Corgi, or Pems, is a centuries-old breed famous for a well-balanced temperament, a brilliant mind, and a sweet affectionate nature. The Corgi was recognized as a breed by the United Kingdom Kennel Club in 1920 and by the American Kennel Club in 1934. Up until 1934, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi shared a breed standard with the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, being classified as one breed under the Herding Group (now Working Group) of the AKC. Although very similar in personality and certain features, the two breeds are distinguished through their size with the Cardigan Welsh Corgi being slightly bigger and with a longer tail. In 1933, breed enthusiasts started working towards creating two separate breed standards for the Pembroke and the Cardigan, and in 1934 they were recognized as distinct breeds and each was given a separate standard.  

Although there are many theories surrounding their ancestry, the Pembroke Welsh Corgis were developed as a breed in Pembroke Shire Wales in the United Kingdom. Mainly used for herding sheep, cattle, and horses, with the occasional ratting job, Corgis are and have been for many centuries a working breed. Corgis are believed to have arrived in the United Kingdom alongside Vikings in the 9th century or with Flemish weavers at the beginning of the 12th century. Regardless of their traveling companions, these amazing dogs have been the popular pets of royalty and the cherished working dogs of farmers ever since they set paw in the UK. The most famous breed fan is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who owned at least 30 Corgis since her father gifted her with her first Corgi in 1933. Queen Elizabeth has rarely been apart from her beloved dogs during her reign, and thanks to her, the Corgi popularity skyrocketed. There are now countless articles, documentaries, and movies about the Queen’s Corgis.  

The Corgi breed is classified as the 11th most intelligent dog breed and holds 13th place out of 200 in the AKC popularity chart. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi hypoallergenic? No. This breed sheds quite a bit each day so they are not recommended for any person who has allergies to pets or dander.

How much exercise does the Pembroke Welsh Corgi need? The Corgi has a moderate energy level and thus needs a fair amount of exercise each day. Twice daily walks are recommended in addition to some active play like fetch or tug. They also make for an excellent jogging partner.

Does The Pembroke Welsh Corgi get along well with children? Yes! The Corgi loves children, especially those willing to play games. They make for excellent gentle and fun companions.

How big is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi? The Pembroke Welsh Corgi measures between 10 to 12 inches at the shoulders and weighs between 24 to 28 lbs. on average.

What is the lifespan of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi? The average lifespan is 12 to 14 years.

How often does my Pembroke Welsh Corgi need to be groomed? The Corgi is not high maintenance when it comes to grooming, but they will need a weekly or biweekly brushing to help control shedding. They will also need their nails trimmed regularly.

What are common health concerns for the Pembroke Welsh Corgi? The most common health problems found in Pembroke Welsh Corgis are Elbow and Hip Dysplasia, Eye Disorders, Cardiac Issues, Degenerative Myelopathy, and Von Willebrand’s Disease.

What colors are the Pembroke Welsh Corgis? They can be found in many colors. The most common are fawn, red, sable, blue, black & tan and black & white.

What does the word Corgi mean? It actually has different meanings. It is Celtic for "dog" or cor for "dwarf" and gi for "dog."

Where does the Pembroke Welsh Corgi originate? Wales, United Kingdom.

What breed classification does the Pembroke Welsh Corgi fall under? In accordance to the American Kennel Club (AKC) they fall under the working group, formerly the herding group.

What other names is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi known as? They can be identified as PWC, Corgi or Pembroke.

How much living space does my Pembroke Welsh Corgi need? Because of their moderate levels of energy these pups need some space to move and run around. Though, they don’t need a huge area to run, they won’t do well in an apartment.

What is the personality of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi? This breed is very intelligent, friendly, gentle and has a high level of tolerance which makes them perfect for children and other pets. They love to be in the company of others and are always up for an adventure or game. Their eager to please attitude makes them very trainable.

Does the Pembroke Welsh Corgi make a good guard dog? Not exactly-this little one is more about making friends than fending off strangers. They do however make a good watch dog as they will bark to alert their family of any approaching strangers or if something is out of place.