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Pembroke Welsh Corgi


Pembroke Welsh Corgi Facts

  • Group
  • Herding
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 10" - 12"
  • Weight
  • 28-30 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • A Quick Learner
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Black / Tan
    • Cream
    • Fawn
    • Red
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

none known


The Pembroke Welsh corgi originated in Great Britain.

Date Of Origin

It is believed that this breed developed in the ninth century.


The Pembroke was developed in Pembroke shire, Wales, as an all-purpose farm dog that herded cattle and drove geese. It is believed to descend from spitz-type ancestors brought to Wales by Flemish weavers. It is rarely used as a herding dog today. It is closely related to the Cardigan Welsh corgi.


The Pembroke is a long, low, solidly built dog with short, well-boned legs. It has a foxy head with large, erect ears; oval, brown eyes; and a black nose. It is deep chested and naturally tailless. The medium-length coat is red, sable, fawn, black, and tan, with or without white markings.


Pembroke's are very hard-working and loyal. They are usually easily trainable, and have been ranked in 11th place in "the World's Smartest [Dog] Breeds". They function as good watchdogs due to their alertness and tendency to bark. Pembroke's are typically outgoing, friendly dogs. Being a herding dog, this breed is very energetic, especially if without sufficient exercise.


Corgis were originally bred for herding sheep, bulls, horses and cattle and are the oldest herding breed. They have proven themselves excellent companions and are outstanding competitors in sheepdog trials and dog agility.

Health Concerns

Bladder stones, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc protrusion, PRA

Additional Information

The Pembroke does well with an active family in a rural or suburban home.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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