Records have been discovered that states that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has existed in the UK since a least 920 AD. They are thought to have been brought to Wales by the Flemish weavers. They were very popular in the 14th to the 18th centuries as cattle drovers. They became Kennel Club registered in 1928 and accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1936. The Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis were recognised as separate breeds in the UK in 1934.
The Pembroke Corgi is a small sized, sturdy little dog that is set low to the ground.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: The Corgi coat needs a small amount of time spent on grooming. They do need to be brushed to remove any loose and dead hairs.
- Coat Type: Medium length.
- Moulting: Moderate.
- Exercise Needs: Corgi's require an adequate amount of exercise. Even though they only have short legs, they are fairly adaptable exercise wise and will fit in with family life.
- Average Life Span: 14 years.
- Family: They do get on well with children as long as they are treated with respect. They are ideally suited to the active family.
- Temperament: As Corgi's are quite territorial, they should be socialised and trained at an early age to ensure they are accustomed to living with other pets.
- Trainability: They are an intelligent dog that loves a challenge. They are not too difficult to train but they can be try to be dominant if given the chance.
- Sociability (Other Pets): Although the Corgi can moderately get along well with other pets, they should be socialised and training started at an early age.
- Barking: Low tendency
The Pembroke Corgi is a member of the pastoral group. They were originally used for livestock droving; today they are still used for livestock droving but are more commonly kept as companion dogs.
Feeding must be watched as they do have a tendency to become overweight – this can then lead to back and joint problems.