Pembrokes are sensitive and intelligent dogs but can be stubborn and independent.  They love to think for themselves!  They are easily trained as long as training is done with gentle handling and not a lot of repetition.  They are healthy and long-lived dogs and are excellent companions for either rural or urban families.

About Pembrokes

Personality:  Smart and alert, affectionate but not pushy, bold but kindly.

Energy Level:  Very Active; A strong and athletic little dog, the Pembroke loves physical activity and is happiest when he has a job to do.

Good with Children:  Better with Supervision

Good with other Dogs:  With Supervision

Shedding:  Frequent

Grooming:  Occasional

Trainability:  Responds Well

Height:  10-12 inches

Weight:  Up to 30 pounds (male), up to 28 pounds (female)

Life Expectancy:  12-13 years

Barking Level:  Barks When Necessary

Considering a Pembroke?

Warning - Energetic shedding vocal short fur bucket!

If you are not interested in a highly energetic, companion who wants to have a “job” (even if it is a daily walk), a PWC is not for you.  If you do not want a dog who sheds year-round, a PWC is not for you.  If you do not want a vocal dog, a PWC is not for you.  If, however, the opposite is true, then read on…
  1. Training
  2. History of the Breed
    History of the Breed
  3. Daily Care
    Daily Care
  4. Right for You?
    Right for You?
Pembrokes have been used by the Welsh as herding dogs, family companions, and guardians of the farm since 9th century AD.  The Welsh originally bred them to herd cattle down the alleyways to market.  When the cattle kicked out at the “nipping” heel biters, they kicked over the Corgi due to its short legs.  They continue today to be workers and companions for their Welsh owners.  It is believed that their ancestry dates back to at least the tenth century.  It is unknown whether they are descended from the Vallhunds (Swedish Cattle Dogs possibly brought to Pembrokeshire by the Vikings) or from the ancestors of the present-day Schipperkes and Pomeranians that were brought to Wales by Flemish weavers.

In the 1920’s Corgis were recognized as pure-bred dogs in the United Kingdom.  In 1934 the Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis were recognized by the English Kennel Club as separate breeds.  American Kennel Club recognition of the two distinct breeds also occurred in that same year.  Many of us are familiar with the fact that Queen Elizabeth owns several Corgis and that has made them a “royal” dog in the media.
Pembrokes require a proper diet and regular medical care with yearly vaccinations for protection against diseases.  Owners who have taken proper care of their dogs are usually rewarded with their Pembrokes living a long and active life. 

Proper care also includes regular exercise, grooming, a regular check of the dog’s teeth & regular toothbrushing, and toenail trimming.  Corgis are notorious for not liking to have their feet touched and nail trimming can be a challenge.  Do not let your Corgi get the better of you in this regard!  If you cannot trim the nails yourself, have your Vet do the nails.  Also, the hair between the pads of their feet needs to be trimmed regularly.

Corgis love to eat anything they can get away from you.  Please do not allow your dog to become overweight.  A thinner Corgi will live a longer life, free of health issues and back problems.  Never feed your dog grapes, raisins, or chocolate.
Pembrokes are energetic, highly intelligent herding dogs with a high prey drive.  They need to be exercised regularly and given a job to do.  Too much inactivity just might cause him to think up unacceptable activities for himself.  They may chase (or herd) other dogs, children, birds, you and anything they deem needing to be herded!
Basic obedience training is strongly recommended.  This training is best when it teaches you how to teach your dog.  The time you spend in training, especially during the first year of your pet’s life, will be repaid many times over by giving you a well-behaved companion, one that is bonded to you and your family for the rest of his life.
Pembrokes can be seen in many areas of dog activities.  This includes tracking, obedience, herding, agility, fly ball, and rally.  They are also still used as working cattle dogs and are loyal family companions.
So, are you the right owner for a Pembroke Welsh Corgi?  If you are prepared to devote time and attention to your PWC.  If you are prepared to allow your PWC to follow you from room to room.  If you can train your Corgi and give him/her a job to do every day.  If you don’t mind dog hair on your furniture and clothing.  If this is all correct for you, then a Corgi will respond to you with love and devotion forever!

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