Pembroke Welsh Corgi Info
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The Pembroke Welsh corgi (pronounced /ˈkɔrɡi/) is a herding dog breed which originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is one of two breeds known as Welsh corgwn: the other is the Cardigan Welsh corgi. The corgi is the smallest dog in the Herding Group. Pembroke Welsh corgwn are famed for being the preferred breed of Queen Elizabeth II, who owns several. These dogs have been a dog favoured by British royalty for more than seventy years.
The Pembroke Welsh corgi has been ranked at #11 in Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs, and is thus considered an excellent working dog.
Corgis are one of the dwarf breeds in the canine family, being proportional to larger breeds but with shorter legs. Despite short legs, Pembrokes have a strong, sturdy appearance and an athletic body that helps them herd livestock including poultry, sheep, horses, and cattle. Their bodies are long, tails are a naturally short bob or docked, and their ears stand erect. They may be short in stature, but their sturdy bodies and boldness give them the power needed to control livestock or do just about any task asked of them by their owners.
SizePembroke Welsh Corgis are 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) tall from their feet to the top of their shoulders. The length from the shoulders to the set on of the tail is 40 percent longer than their height. Pembrokes in peak athletic condition weigh 26 to 30 pounds (12 to 14 kg) for males, and 24 to 28 pounds (11 to 13 kg) for females. They reach their full height by 9 months old, but their bodies keep filling out until they reach full maturity at two years. Pembrokes have a big appetite, so they can weigh up to 40 pounds (18 kg) if allowed to over eat. As in humans, Pembroke Welsh Corgis (Corgwn in Welsh) can benefit from portion control and exercise.
TemperamentPembroke Welsh Corgis are very affectionate, love to be involved in the family, and tend to follow wherever their owners go. The dogs are easy to train and are ranked as the 11th smartest dog in "The World's Smartest Breeds." Besides herding, they also function as watchdogs due to their alertness and tendency to only bark as needed. Most Pembrokes will seek the attention of everyone they meet and behave well around children and other pets. Due to their herding instinct, they love to chase anything that moves, so it is best to keep them inside fenced areas. The herding instinct will also cause some younger Pembrokes to nip at their owner's ankles to get attention, but this behavior can be stopped through training and maturity.
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