Introduction to 10 Things Only Pembroke Welsh Corgi Owners Understand
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a herding dog breed that originated in Wales which has become a common pet in the United Kingdom and the United States.
But, as everyone who has ever owned a Corgi is aware, these dogs have their own quirky behavior that sets them apart from all other breeds.
If you have ever owned a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, then you already know why they are called “The Royal Dog of Wales.” The docile, affectionate, and playful Corgi has a way of winning the hearts of all those around them, and even if you’ve never owned a dog in your life, you’ve probably seen them around and wondered what it was about them that made them so irresistible.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are the crazy, clumsy little elves of dogdom, but that’s what we love most about them. From their tiny, twitching ears to their waddling, happy-go-lucky stride, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the canine version of a living smile.
But how does a non-corgi owner really know what goes on in the mind of their favorite breed?
Whether you’re considering bringing home a Pembroke Welsh Corgi for the first time or you’re just curious what makes them so special, here are ten things we hope only Pembroke Welsh Corgi owners understand.
There are many reasons you might own a Pembroke Welsh Corgi: you’re an animal lover, you love the breed’s intelligence and big personality, or you’re looking for a dog that’s good with children.
But if you have one of these adorable dogs, there are some things you understand that only another Pembroke Welsh Corgi owner would know.
All About Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Among the most agreeable of all small house dogs, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a strong, athletic, and lively little herder who is affectionate and companionable without being needy.
They are one of the world’s most popular herding breeds.
At 10 to 12 inches at the shoulder and 27 to 30 pounds, a well-built male Pembroke presents a big dog in a small package. Short but powerful legs, muscular thighs, and a deep chest equip him for a hard day’s work.
Built long and low, Pembrokes are surprisingly quick and agile.
They can be red, sable, fawn, and black and tan, with or without white markings.
The Pembroke is a bright, sensitive dog who enjoys play with his human family and responds well to training.
As herders bred to move cattle, they are fearless and independent. They are vigilant watchdogs, with acute senses and a “big dog” bark.
Families who can meet their bold but kindly Pembroke’s need for activity and togetherness will never have a more loyal, loving pet.
The tail is usually closely docked, but some puppies are born natural bobtails.
Besides the obvious tail difference, the Pembroke is not as long or heavy-boned as the Cardigan Welsh corgi.
Pembroke Welsh corgis are considered chondrodysplasia dogs, that is, having the characteristic of slightly bowed limbs and the tendency for back problems.
Slightly longer than tall, they have a straight back and are not extreme in any area.
Adult Pembroke Welsh corgis are about 10 to 12 inches tall and weigh from 23 to 28 pounds (10 to 13 kilograms).
They are full size at about a year of age, but some keep filling out until age two or even three.
Corgis have weatherproof coats double but short.
The color ranges from a rich red or fawn to black or sable with white markings.
The blacks usually have white and tan to make them tri-colored with heads varying from red to black. Occasionally a fluffy corgi will appear in a litter.
These puppies have a longer, softer, fluffier coat than is typical. While these puppies make wonderful pets, that coat is undesirable for the show ring.