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Pembroke Welsh Corgi Breed Profile

Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Pembroke and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi have been separate breeds for over 70 years.

Other Names:
Corgi, Welsh Corgi

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Origin: Wales, Great Britain

Breed Purpose: To drive cattle and herd flocks.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Pastoral

Height: Bitch 25-30cm., Dog 25-30cm.

Weight: Bitch 11-13kg., Dog 11-14kg.

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Exercise Needs: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an active dog that needs daily exercise and lots of play. These dogs love to compete in dog obedience trials.

Feeding Needs: The Corgi is not a fussy eater and has a good appetite. They have long pointed noses so should be fed from a shallow bowl.

Common Ailments: This dog is very healthy and is said to have an iron constitution. Care should be taken not to over feed this dog and time should be taken to dry the underneath of the dog if wet after exercising. They can suffer from stomach chills.

Physical Description: The overall appearance of this dog is one of a sturdy fox like little dog that looks vigorous and solid. The head is quite wide and narrows towards the eyes, with a flat skull. The eyes are round and brown and the ears are erect and slightly rounded. The muzzle is pointed and the jaws are powerful. This dog has a short but wide neck going down to a long body with a straight topline. The legs are short, well boned and muscular. The tail is short or is traditionally docked. The coat is thick, straight and wiry, and is of medium length. They have a dense undercoat. The coat colours are red, fawn, sable, black/tan, and all with white markings on the chest, legs, and neck.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

This little dog has a complex personality. They have retained strong herding instincts and the desire to work. If they are deprived of an outlet for these instincts they can become very depressed.

They need to be trained and will delight their owner with the speed in which they learn. This breed has evolved in the harsh Welsh countryside to drive cattle by nipping at their heels and to gather sheep from the rugged mountains. This is not a lap dog or a toy to be fussed and spoilt!

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is friendly, adaptable, bold and loyal. They adore children but are a bit suspicious of other pets including larger dogs. This dog does not care whether it lives in an apartment in the city or a castle in the country. Any potential owner must be prepared to train the Corgi and give him plenty of opportunities to work whether by playing games or by competing in dog agility or obedience trials.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is best suited to an owner that has a strong, outgoing personality and understands this breed's requirements.

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