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Pembroke Welsh Corgi

PembrokeWelshCorgi

An Excellent Companion

Active, Herding group, Loving

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Pembroke Welsh Corgis, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and some can be quite irritating!

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:10-12" Weight:25-27 lbs Lifespan:11-13 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
5

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. She is well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks. She has short legs and a long back so be careful how you pick her up and don’t let her jump down from furniture.

Grooming: She needs a thorough brushing at least weekly most of the year. Twice a year she blows her coat and loses crazy amounts of hair; daily brushing is recommended during this time.

Dental: Pembroke Welsh Corgis generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi may be small, but you’ll love her big dog attitude.

Positive Traits:

  • An excellent companion, family, or working dog

  • Outgoing and friendly personality

  • Athletic and agile

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Above average intelligence and trainability when positive reinforcement training methods are used

  • People-oriented and eager to please

Negative Traits:

  • Has a tendency to herd, including small children

  • Might be bossy and overprotective if not well socialized early

  • Needs regular exercise and diet regulation to avoid weight gain

  • Must be given mental stimulation or she barks and chews

  • May be territorial when it comes to cats and other dogs

  • Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership

Whether you are considering adding a new Pembroke Welsh Corgi to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Pembroke Welsh Corgi will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Pembroke Welsh Corgi could encounter:

Heart Disease

Bleeding Disorders

Back Problems

Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia

Degenerative Myelopathy

Eye Problems

Cataracts

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was bred from the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, the two were actually considered the same breed until 1934. She was bred to be quick and herd livestock and short enough to slip under the legs of kicking cattle. Corgis are naturally active, without proper exercise or training she may express her instincts and herd the family, including children and other pets. She is eager to please her family and with proper socialization can be friendly with strangers.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Pembroke Welsh Corgi shows signs of the following:

  • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath

  • Unwilling to jump, pain, hunched back, paralysis

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Bumping into objects, startles easily

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

  • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss

  • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

  • Unplanned pregnancy can be dangerous

  • Care

    Routine Care: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. She is well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks. She has short legs and a long back so be careful how you pick her up and don’t let her jump down from furniture.

    Grooming: She needs a thorough brushing at least weekly most of the year. Twice a year she blows her coat and loses crazy amounts of hair; daily brushing is recommended during this time.

    Dental: Pembroke Welsh Corgis generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    The Pembroke Welsh Corgi may be small, but you’ll love her big dog attitude.

    Positive Traits:

    • An excellent companion, family, or working dog

    • Outgoing and friendly personality

    • Athletic and agile

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Above average intelligence and trainability when positive reinforcement training methods are used

    • People-oriented and eager to please

    Negative Traits:

    • Has a tendency to herd, including small children

    • Might be bossy and overprotective if not well socialized early

    • Needs regular exercise and diet regulation to avoid weight gain

    • Must be given mental stimulation or she barks and chews

    • May be territorial when it comes to cats and other dogs

    • Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Pembroke Welsh Corgi to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Pembroke Welsh Corgi will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Pembroke Welsh Corgi could encounter:

    Heart Disease

    Bleeding Disorders

    Back Problems

    Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia

    Degenerative Myelopathy

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

  • History

    The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was bred from the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, the two were actually considered the same breed until 1934. She was bred to be quick and herd livestock and short enough to slip under the legs of kicking cattle. Corgis are naturally active, without proper exercise or training she may express her instincts and herd the family, including children and other pets. She is eager to please her family and with proper socialization can be friendly with strangers.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Pembroke Welsh Corgi shows signs of the following:

    • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath

    • Unwilling to jump, pain, hunched back, paralysis

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Bumping into objects, startles easily

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

    • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Unplanned pregnancy can be dangerous

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