With their fox like appearance and bright eyed nature, the corgi is a well-established breed that has been around for many years. Originally bred to herd, there are two types. They are the Pembroke Welsh corgi and the Cardigan Welsh corgi.
Corgis have been around for hundreds of years, indeed early records trace them as far back as the 1200’s. Both types of corgi were bred alongside each other from very similar dogs for a long time. They only formally differentiated into two separately recognized breeds in the 1930’s, although they had started to vary physically prior to this.
The Pembroke is more popular than the Cardigan, which can be quite rare. Indeed the Pembroke has been the preferred pet of Queen Elizabeth for many years. Overall the Cardigan is considered calmer, with larger ears. The tail is long and low set, giving the impression of extending the length of the dog even further.
Pembroke’s are very outgoing, alert little dogs. The ears are smaller than that of the Cardigan, with the tail being either naturally short or in some cases even born into a natural ‘bob’. Indeed it is this shortness of tail that gave the Pembroke its other name, the ‘bobtail’. Unlike the Cardigan, the Pembroke is only allowed in red, sable, fawn and black and tan with or without white markings. The most common colours seen are red and sable.
The Personality Of The Corgi
Corgis are outgoing dogs, being a big dog in a small body. They make great pets for families and elderly alike being very obliging.
Due to the fact that they were originally bred to herd, the corgi is an intelligent breed that is easily trained if the effort is put in by the owner. Their herding instinct does lend them to being mouthy, making them great chewers! It is important to direct this instinct towards toys and treats rather than furniture. It can also make them more prone to being vocal, so this is something to bear in mind if you would rather you had a dog that is seen and not heard. Corgi’s like to talk to their owners!
Grooming A Corgi
The Corgi’s coat in both breeds is short but full of thick, dense fur. It requires no trimming or clipping, yet will benefit from regular brushing with a comb to remove dead hair. When they are shedding they will lose a lot of hair in a short time, be prepared for this! Daily brushing during this time will help to speed the process along and make it more manageable.
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