The Welsh Pembroke Corgi may be a compact little dog but it certainly knows how to win the hearts of influential people. Queen Elizabeth II is probably their most famous fan – she’s owned more than 30 Corgis since she’s been on the throne, making them a truly royal dog. An adorable mix of short stocky legs and oversized ears with a coarse fawn, sable or black outer coat, it’s no wonder they’re a royal favourite. Welsh Pembroke Corgis are very loyal little creatures although they can be a bit noisy, but on the upside, this does make them great little guard dogs.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was bred from the similar Cardigan Welsh Corgi and mentions of ‘welsh cattle dogs’ date as far back as the 11th century. Hard working and loyal, they can still be spotted on farms helping to move cattle and hunt vermin. Low to the ground with a loud bark they run at the heels of the cattle to herd them but can miss the high kicks.
Welsh Pembroke Corgis can be expected to live 12-15 years.
Corgis are known for gaining weight easily, so be sure not to overfeed yours. They can also be prone to glaucoma (fluid on the eye) and back problems.
Small but mighty
What Corgis lack in size they make up for personality. Be sure to reward good behaviour and weed out any naughty nipping or barking from a young age. Bred to work on farms, they’ve got plenty of energy but make companionable family dogs, too.
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