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Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Short, sturdy and low to the ground, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has an attractive foxy face. Their straight, medium length coat has a dense undercoat and is never soft, wavy or wiry. 

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for experienced owners
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Quiet dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Weight:  9 – 12kg 
Height:  25 – 30cm 
Colours:  The coat comes in red, sable, fawn, black and tan, and may have white markings
Size:  Small 
UK Kennel Club Groups: Pastoral


Family-friendly: 4/5
Exercise needs: 4/5
Easy to train: 5/5
Tolerates being alone: 3/5
Likes other pets: 3/5
Energy level: 4/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 5/5


Devoted and affectionate to their owners, they can sometimes be fairly disinterested in strangers. Generally obedient and active, whilst small in height this should properly be considered a larger dog on very short legs rather than a little dog.  

Bold and outgoing, friendly and loyal, they make excellent watchdogs and suit an active home. Keep in mind their livestock driving ancestry, which has been known to mean groups of people, particularly children, are herded together regardless of their wishes! 

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Wales

The Pembroke Corgi, made famous by Queen Elizabeth II is a long, low, cattle herding dog, thought to have been brought to Wales by the Flemish weavers. Their job originally was to drive cattle from one location to another, a job which requires a strong character and a great deal of stamina. The cattle they would have worked would be small, feisty hill cattle, and the distances involved could take days to cover, make no mistake this is a hard worker! Originally considered one breed, the Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis were split and recognised separately in 1934.

Did You Know?

  • Legend has it that the Pembroke Corgi is an enchanted dog, used by the Welsh fairies and elves to pull fairy coaches, work fairy cattle and serve as steed for the fairy warriors. It is said those with keen eyes and understanding hearts can still the faint marks of the fairy saddle over their shoulders.
  • Queen Elizabeth II met her first Corgi when she was a child, King George VI brought home a male puppy named Dookie in 1933. After the introduction of a second Corgi, Jane, they had a litter of puppies, and thus began the Corgi tradition within the royal family.
  • To this day Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s are excellent herding dogs and still compete in AKC Herding competitions.  
  • There are two possible reasons behind their name. The first is that “cor” is Welsh for watch other/gather and “gi” means dog. However, others have interpreted “cor” to mean Dwarf.  
  • A Pembroke Welsh Corgi called Rufus was the unofficial mascot for Amazon. Owned by the editor-in-chief and principal engineer, Rufus attended work with his owner every day. 
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