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    History & Overview

    The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was reportedly brought to the British Isles in 1100 by Flemish weavers. There are two closely related varieties, the Pembroke and the Cardigan. The Pembroke has a short tail, and it is shorter in length than the Cardigan. They come in red, sable, fawn or black and tan color and weigh between 24 and 28 pounds.

    Character

    Pembroke Welsh Corgis are very intelligent and highly trainable dogs. Although they are wary of strangers, they get along with other household animals, including cats.

    Appearance

    According to the FCI breed standard, the Pembroke’s tail should be kept natural, but tail docking is allowed. In some countries, tail docking is prohibited.

    At A Glance

    Country of Origin:

    Great Britain

    Utilization:

    Sheepdog

    Classifications:

    FCI Classification: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs. Section 1 – Sheepdogs. Without working trial
    AKC Classification: Herding Group

    Size:

    Small (10 – 12 inches at shoulders)

    Colors and Coat:

    Red, sable, fawn, black and tan, with or without white markings on legs, chest, neck, and underparts. Some white on head and foreface permissible. Medium length, straight with a dense undercoat, never soft, wavy or wiry (FCI standard). The AKC standard permits “some waviness”.

    Litter Size:

    6

    Life Span:

    9 – 15 years

    Grooming Requirements:

    Brush once a week

    Shedding:

    Moderate

    Personality:

    Friendly, even-tempered, active

    Social skills:

    Pembrokes get along very well with other animals, especially if socialized with them early.

    Suitability for Children:

    They love children of all ages, but need to be socialized early. Otherwise, they will try to herd them by nipping at the heels.

    Exercise Needs:

    Pembrokes need daily brisk walks to stay fit.

    Train Ability:

    Pembrokes are known for being easy to train.

    Health & Behavioral Issues:

    Video Credits: American Kennel Club

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