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Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) Dog Breed Profile

Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Other Names
Dog Group Kennel Club
Breed Classification
The Pembroke Corgi is a member of the pastoral group. They were originally used for livestock droving; today they are still used for livestock droving but are more commonly kept as companion dogs. 
Cost of Ownership
Average Food Cost
£4-7.50 per week
Feeding Requirements
Feeding must be watched as they do have a tendency to become overweight. 
Other Expenses
The average price of a puppy is £350. 
9 - 15 years
The average lifespan is usually 14 years.  
Average Litter Size
The average litter size is 6, but it is not unheard of for 10 puppies to be born in a litter.  
General Physical Description
The Pembroke Corgi is a small sized, sturdy little dog that is set low to the ground. Their straight, medium length coat is waterproof. They are customarily docked and have a fox like face.

Height Min Max
Bitch 25.5cm (10") 30.5cm (12")
Dog 25.5cm (10") 30.5cm (12")
Weight Min Max
Bitch 10kg (22lbs) 11kg (24lbs)
Dog 10kg (22lbs) 12kg (26lbs)
Size Category
Weight Height Range
Dogs should measure between 25.5-30.5cms at the withers and weigh between 10-12kgs. Bitches should measure between 25.5-30.5cms at the withers and weigh between 10-11kgs.  
The Pembroke Corgi appears to be quite a hardy little dog but there are some ailments that are common to this breed. They do have a tendency to become overweight and this can lead to back and joint problems. Breeders are screening for hip dysplasia and the eyes. The eye screening includes a screen for retinal dysplasia. 
Common Ailments

Back Problems  
Susceptibility To Illness
Records have been discovered that states that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has existed in the UK since a least 920 AD. They are thought to have been brought to Wales by the Flemish weavers. They were very popular in the 14th to the 18th centuries as cattle drovers. They became Kennel Club registered in 1928 and accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1936. The Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis were recognised as separate breeds in the UK in 1934. 
The Pembroke is an intelligent dog that loves a challenge. They are not too difficult to train but they can be try to be dominant if given the chance. As puppies they do require to be properly socialised and trained. < 
Show Characteristics
The head should appear fox like, and be flat and wide between the ears. The muzzle should taper and the jaw is strong with a complete scissor bite. The eyes should be of medium size, round and brown in colour. Their ears should be erect and slightly pointed at the tip. The neck should be fairly long. The chest should be deep and broad and the topline level. The front legs should appear straight and short; the back legs should also be straight and short. The feet should be oval with well-arched, close together toes. The two centre toes should be slightly longer than the outer two. Their movement should be free and active with the front legs moving well forward. The tail should be short. The coat should be of medium length, straight and have a dense undercoat. The preferred colours for the show ring are red, sable, fawn and black and tan. 
Country Of Origin
Famous Examples
Records Held
Overall Exercise
40 - 60 minutes per day.
This Corgi requires an adequate amount of exercise, even though they only have short legs, and likes to be kept active; however they are fairly adaptable exercise wise and will fit in with family life. This dog still has the herding instincts of its ancestors, and as such likes constant activity in its life. They do have a tendency to nip heels if they feel that the family members are too rowdy in their play. It has to be noted that they are prone to back and joint problems so they must be watched when there is a lot of stair climbing involved in any of their activities. 
Distress if Left Alone
Personal Protection
Guard Dog Suitability
Risk of Sheep Worrying
Tendency to Bark
Level of Aggression
Compatibility With Other Animals
Suitable For Children


General Character And Temperament
The Pembroke Corgi is an intelligent and active little dog. They are obedient and are loyal to the family. They do get on well with children as long as they are treated with respect. They are ideally suited to the active family. They should be socialised and training started at an early age.  
Coat Length
Grooming Requirement
> Once a week 
Requires Professional Groomer
The coat of the Corgi is of medium length, straight and waterproof with a dense undercoat. This coat needs a small amount of time spent on grooming. They do need to be brushed to remove any loose and dead hairs. If they have been out in the mud then it is easy to remove the dirt once it has dried. 
They can be fawn, sable, red or black and tan in colour. 
Suffers From Allergies

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