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Welsh Corgi

Welsh Corgi Pembroke / Cardigan Dog Breed Information

Size 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Weight 22-26 lbs (10-12 kg)
Origin Great Britain
Color White, brown, black; multi-colored
Lifespan 11-13 years
Suitable as Family dog
Personality Intelligent, happy, lively, active, agile

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Photo: Mostovyi Sergii Igorevich/Shutterstock

Breed Characteristics

The Welsh Corgi is a happy, lively and friendly dog. They’re just as active and quick as their spirits, so they need tricky tasks to do as well as exercise. It is very intelligent. Welsh Corgis are good watchdogs because they are quite suspicious of strangers (as well as unfamiliar dogs and pets) and like to bark. Once it gets to know them and recognizes that they don't impose any threat, it is super friendly. If left alone too long, the Welsh Corgi starts destroying things. After all, dogs are pack animals. We would probably start to freak out if we were alone for a long time, too. So please remember that your dog suffers just as much.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Photo: Masarik/Shutterstock


Discipline and Training

Ok, so they can be a bit stubborn. They are not subservient but one of those dog breeds that have minds of their own. But if they have a self-confident owner they are very obedient and loyal. It is easy to train a Welsh Corgi, too.

Top Activities

Trick Training, Tracking

Pros and Cons


  • Easy to groom
  • Enjoys to be challenged mentally
  • Good watch dog


  • Not a beginner dog
  • Needs lots of exercise
  • Sheds a lot
  • Gets overweight easily
  • Tends to bark often
  • Can be stubborn
  • Doesn't get along well with pets

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Photo: Masarik/Shutterstock


Welsh Corgis have pretty coat colors like fawn, black and tan, black and white, red and sable. Sometimes their coats are three-colored. There are two types of Corgis: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi - with the Cardigan being the older breed. They look very similar, but if you look closely, you can tell them apart easily. The Cardigans have large, rounded ears. Pembrokes have smaller, pointy ears. Pembrokes often have a short or missing tail, while the Cardigans have a "regular" tail.

Health and Care

Welsh Corgis shed a lot. It is best to brush their coat daily so that their hair does not spread all over the place ;) Since these dogs really like to eat (although - which dog does not?), you should pay attention to their weight. He tends to become obese quickly.


Pembroke Welsh Corgi Photo: Masarik/Shutterstock

History and Origin

The Welsh Corgi has a long body and short legs. You might think that it was bred this way to use it for hunting animals in their burrows, e. g. badgers (see Dachshund).

In fact, the Welsh Corgi was a herding dog. Wait, isn't it way too small for this job? No, its size is just perfect, because it could reach the ankle of cows' ankles to nip them and thus point them in the right direction. Another benefit of being so small was that the cattle had difficulties kicking at the dog (well, nobody wants to be nipped). It is not clear how the Pembroke Welsh Corgis came to Wales. Maybe they derive from the Swedish herding dogs „Västgötaspets“, the Vikings may have brought to Wales in the 9./10. century. They could also have come to Wales with the Flemish people.

Where Does the Name Come From?

Pembroke is a town in Wales (England), Corgi is Welsh and means "little dog".

Fun Facts

According to a Welsh legend fairies and elves use Corgis as a steed or to pull their carriages at night.

Comparable Breeds

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Photo: Jus_Ol/Shutterstock


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