Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Origin: Pembroke Welsh Corgi was originated in Pembroke shire, Wales, as hunting dogs. Originally, they served as guard dogs, but later they were used for herding cattle, sheep, and horses. It is the smallest herding dog that got recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934. By 2006, it gained so much popularity that it became the 22nd most registered breed with the AKC.
Size: A Pembroke Welsh Corgi stands up to 10-12 inches at the shoulder and weighs up to 30 pounds. It has a fox-like appearance and looks different from the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. It has a flat skull, rounded ears, and a docked tail.
Coat: Pembrokes have a double coat with a long and thick, weather-resistant outer coat and a short underlayer. They shed throughout the year, with heavy shedding twice a year. They come in different colors like red, fawn, white, black, sable, and tan with markings on the chest, blaze, or muzzle. The length of the coat varies from body to body. This breed of dog has fluffy coats with feathering hairs on the ears, chest, and feet.
Temperament: A Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an active dog that is affectionate towards its family. They are eager to please their owner and love to be around their family. They are suitable for novice owners as well. Treats work for them as magic while training as they love to eat and can become obese if food intake is not measured and controlled. They make excellent watchdogs and signal you by barking when they feel anything weird. They get along well with children but need the supervision of elders. Pembrokes get along with other pets and cats if socialized at an early age. They can be stubborn and destructive if they are not respected and treated properly.
Care: Though Crogi’s are small dogs, their energy requirements are high. They need a good amount of exercise daily to keep them healthy and active. Overeating is a problem in Corgi’s, so measuring the amount of food and dividing it into meals is necessary rather than leaving it out all day. As they shed continuously, they require brushing regularly to keep their coat healthy. Make grooming a fun experience for your pet. Brush your pet’s teeth twice or thrice a week if needed. Bathe them as needed and trim their nails if you feel them clicking on the floor.
Health: A Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a healthy dog, but it’s prone to some health conditions like all other dogs. Hip Dysplasia, cataracts, Obesity, Cystinuria, Cutaneous Asthenia, Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation, Retinal Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), and Pulmonary Hypertension, are some of the health issues which your Corgi could be prone to. Some of them can be avoided by taking precautions, and some can be treated medically. Make sure to ask for a health clearance from the breeder so that you bring home a healthy pet.