Pembroke Welsh Corgis are long, low and sturdy. Their fox-like heads have wide and flat skulls, large and pointed ears and shapely muzzles. They have dark, oval eyes that have an intelligent and alert expression. Pembroke Welsh Corgis have long necks, deep chests and short legs. Their soft, straight, weather-resistant coat can come in red, fawn, sable or black & tan. They may also have white markings. Overall, Pembroke Welsh Corgis look sturdy and strong without seeming big-boned and weighty.
The Corgi is more properly called the Welsh Corgi, and there are two different breeds: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
One of the most notable differences between Pembroke Corgis and Cardigan Corgis is that the latter have long tails. Pembroke Corgis have very short tails or no tails at all, and are often born this way (though sometimes their tails are docked to comply with breed standards).
Because of their shape, Welsh Corgis should be handled with care—like dachshunds they need to be held in a supportive, balanced way, if at all. Puppies will need to be taught how to go up and down stairs due to their short legs.
A healthy Pembroke Welsh Corgi can live as long as 15 years. Common health problems include spinal ailments and glaucoma. Welsh Corgis can also become obese if they are overfed: It’s best to feed them smaller portions throughout the day.
The Pembroke originated in Wales some 1,000 years ago and was employed as an all-around farm dog. He herded livestock, killed rats and other vermin, and barked an alarm if strangers came by.
The Pembroke’s personality has been described as a cross between a cruise-line social director and a high school hall monitor. He likes being involved and being in charge.
Pembrokes can adapt to any home environment as long as they get plenty of daily exercise.
The Pembroke has a medium-length double coat that comes in red, sable, fawn, or black and tan, with or without white markings. He sheds.
The words “cor gi” are thought to mean “dwarf dog.”
The Pembroke is the smallest member of the Herding Group.
THE CORGI IS THE "11TH-SMARTEST" DOG BREED
In the popular 1994 book, "The Intelligence of Dogs," psychology professor Stanley Coren ranked the different breeds by intelligence. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi just missed making it into the top 10. Corgis can learn a new command in 5 to 15 repetitions, and they obey a first command 85 percent of the time or better.