Pembroke Welsh Corgi - Breed Information
There are times when having a cute furry friend is one of the best things that can happen to you in life. Fortunately, this breed stays cute from when it is a puppy that runs adorably around your house to when it grows to play ‘catch’ with you in the park. No matter the type of dog you would want to have, you definitely will fall head over heels with this unique dog.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one of the smallest, shortest and cutest dog breeds. They are between 10 and 12 inches tall at the shoulders. Their weight range is between 10-14 kg for the males and 10-13kg for the females.
Their coat color may be red, tan or fawn with white markings on their neck, chest, and legs. Their head is shaped like that of a fox. Pembroke Welsh Corgis have erect ears. They are born with either a very short tail or no tail at all.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one of the oldest dog shepherd breeds in the world. This breed originated from Pembrokeshire, Wales. And that’s the reason for its name.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi was once considered as the same breed with Cardigan Welsh Corgi until the 1930s when they were separated. From then, both corgis have been considered as different breeds.
They were mostly bred as dogs to herd cattle and sheep by farmers until later being used as domestic dogs.
The Pembroke gained popularity when Queen Elizabeth II fell in love with them and started breeding the Welsh Corgi. The American Kennel Club recognized the Pembroke Welsh Corgi in 1934.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis, despite their small size, are very energetic, athletic, intelligent and kind dogs to their owners. However, they can be very stubborn, therefore, they need to be trained to be patient and obedient to make leaving with them stress-free.
They have the tendency of barking at anything or anyone, especially when they sense that something is off or feel like someone is a threat to its owner or family.
They have the tendency of overeating and may become over-weight so their feeding should be monitored.
Potential Health Problems
This fawn corgi has good genes and is strong but just like any other dog breed, it is prone to certain health conditions. As a dog owner, you definitely want your corgi to be healthy all the time and yes it can. Having knowledge of which animal disease that your corgi might be associated with could help you prevent it or what to do when the unexpected happens.
These are the diseases that your furry corgi could be associated with:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Cutaneous Asthenia
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Intervertebral Disk Diseases
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Von Willebrand's Disease
Care and Grooming
Just as you take care of yourself and make sure you look good, so should you care for your corgi. It’s actually quite easy and effortless to keep your corgi well groomed if you really cherish it. Brushing them once or twice a week is okay. They actually don’t need frequent baths as this may damage the natural protection of their coats so bathing them once a week is good. And giving them a good shower when they become dirty from playing in the mud is also a good practice.
The Pembrokes are very energetic so keeping them indoors just because they bark excessively is not the best thing to do. Rather, walking them daily and taking them to the park to play at least once a week is a good form of exercise.
Corgis are small dogs so you shouldn’t over exercise them. Too much vigorous exercise (like dog sports) can be bad to their spine.
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