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Meet the breed: Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle is the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for an intelligent and active guard dog to add to your home, learn everything you need to know about the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Breed at a glance

  • Playful
  • Bold
  • Obedient
  • Friendly
  • A lover of family

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A popular competitor in dog sports, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an active and obedient herding breed. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was bred in the 10th century in Pembrokeshire, Wales, as a working dog to herd cattle, horses and sheep. Having such a historical pedigree, there is a myth that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi sprang from the lairs of fairies and elves to help children around the farm. Regardless of which story you believe, the breed is a lover of children, family and wide-open spaces.

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Breed standards

  • AKC group: Herding Group
  • UKC group: Herding
  • Average lifespan: 13 – 15 years
  • Average size: 24 – 30 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Short and thick
  • Coloration: Red, black and tan, fawn, sable
    Other identifiers:
    Long body with short legs, black nose, eye colors in various shades of brown, oval-shaped feet, docked or short tail
    Possible alterations:
    Often born without a tail; coat can sometimes be long or fluffy

Is this breed right for you?

A very active breed, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi loves children and wide-open spaces. Doing OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised, this breed would do best with a large yard to roam in. A loud barker, it needs to be trained early to avoid problems and instinctively herding its own people and other animals. Although intelligent, the Corgi can sometimes be hard to train. It is best that you give the breed a lot of attention and socialization, as when left alone too long, it may become destructive. Easy to groom, the dog does shed heavily twice a year.

breed characteristics

A dream day-in-the-life

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi loves its family and loves to work. It will wake up ensuring that the home is safe and immediately run outside to herd whatever possible. Enjoying playtime, it’ll be happy with a training session and a few brain-stimulating games. A few barks at the mailman and any passerby, you will always know where the dog is in the house. Once it has its daily run, the Corgi will be more than pleased to be with the family for the remainder of the day before heading off to bed.

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