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June 3, 2013

Meet the Breed: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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  • Height: 10"- 12”
  • Weight: 24-30 pounds
  • Historical function: Herding
  • Modern function: Herding, companion
  • AKC classification: Herding

Physical Characteristics:

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one of two Corgi breeds from Wales, the other being the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The Pembroke is mostly distinguished from the Cardigan Welsh Corgi by the absence of a tail. The Pembroke also has more of a wedge-shaped head and slightly shorter body. Both are long and low to the ground with very short legs, though the Pembroke's legs are usually straighter. The Pembroke's ears are pricked triangles with slightly rounded tips and are slightly smaller and closer together than the Cardigan's. The double-coated Pembroke is available in red, sable, and tricolor.

A tri-colored Pembroke Welsh Corgi Puppy. Note the cute, tailess Corgi butt. :)

History of the Breed:

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was developed from the older Cardigan breed. Both breeds were developed in Wales for herding and as watchdogs. The short stature provided safety as the Corgi would nip at the heels of the cattle because kicks would miss the low-to-the ground dog. Pembrokes and Cardigans were officially recognized by the Kennel Club (United Kingdom) in 1928 and were initially called Welsh Corgis, before the two breeds were recognized as separate breeds in 1934.


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi very smart and loyal. They are sensitive and easy to train, provided the handler keeps the training positive and doesn't use physical punishment. Corgis are active, protective and sturdy. They make excellent watchdogs. They are good with children and non-canine pets. This breed needs to be taught not to herd children.

  • Best suited for: Active families.
  • Preferred living conditions: This dog is great in rural or urban settings.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Brush the easy-care weather-resistant coat as needed. Bathe rarely. Sheds seasonally.
  • Exercise needs: Long daily walk. Under-exercised Corgis will be overly active indoors and may be destructive.
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years.
  • Health concerns: Prone to obesity. Do not overfeed. May be prone to eye disorders and back problems.

Breed Club Links: Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, Inc. Perfect Pairings: We recommend harnesses instead of collars to protect Corgi backs.

Have any stories about a Pembroke Welsh Corgi? Please share!

Photos courtesy of Daniel Stockman.

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