Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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's shorter length than the Cardigan. They come in red, sable, fawn or black and tan color and weigh between 24 and 28 pounds.

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.

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

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Pembroke Welsh Corgi Breed Outline

Country of Origin: Great Britain

Utilization: Sheepdog

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

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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 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: hip dysplasia, retinal dysplasia

Keywords: Pembroke Welsh Corgi, sheepdog, Schäferhund, chien de berger, perro de pastor

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