The Comical Corgi!
Behavior common of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a small dog that packs a lot into its little body. It has long been used as a dog to help herd cattle and is still used on many ranches to this day for that purpose. They are known to make great family companions as they get along well with other pets, children and everyone in the family. They have big personality and like to play and have fun but can also be thoughtful and loving. Pembrokes have a lot of energy, but they only need to be walked daily to help stay happy and healthy. While they are certainly at home on the ranch or on a farm, they can also adapt well to life in an apartment.
Pembroke Corgis should be challenged mentally to keep them from getting bored. Proper mental and physical exercise can help to keep them from getting destructive when they spend time alone. They can be strong willed, which may make them difficult to train. You must be patient with them when training and sometimes do things at a slower pace to make them more willing to follow the training. They respond well to agility training and have been known to excel at obstacle and agility courses.
A herding dog by nature, they have been known to herd small children but they do nicely with them. They need to have socialization in order to avoid problems common to smaller dogs such as excessive barking and separation anxiety. This will also help them to be more trusting of strangers in the home.
Appearance of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
A Pembroke Welsh Corgi can be distinguished by its look. It is known to be long and close to the ground with larger ears that stand out from its head. The head resembles something like a fox and features round, dark eyes. The tail of the dog is normally almost nonexistent. They normally only reach about eleven or twelve inches in height but are quite stocky and can weigh as much as thirty pounds. This is one of the features that helps them with herding.
The Pembroke Corgi has a thick double coat that is weather-resistant to help them with their herding chores. The undercoat is soft and downy while the top coat is rougher and coarser. The coat of the dog is generally in shades of brown or red with white markings.
Grooming your Pembroke Welsh Corgi
A Pembroke Welsh Corgi is easier to groom than many other breeds. Weekly brushing can help to remove dead hair and debris and keep the hair from getting mats and tangles. They are known to heavily shed twice a year and during this time should be brushed more, perhaps as often as daily to keep things under control. They should only be bathed as needed as too much bathing can erode the natural oils of the skin that help protect the coat and keep it healthy. They often only need bathing every three or four months.
History of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Pembroke Welsh Corgis can be traced back to appearing in England as early as 1107. They settled in Wales and were used primarily as working dogs on farms and ranches. They are thought to descend from a number of breeds, including Samoyeds, the Pomeranian and the Finnish Spitz among many others. Their size and shape made them excellent herding dogs to nip at the heels of cattle and sheep. They bear a strong resemblance to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the two breeds were crossbred back in the 1800s. They are no longer bred this way and are kept as two distinct breeds.