Pembroke Welsh Corgi Dogs

Though Pembroke Welsh Corgis and Cardigan Welsh Corgis have been mistaken for each other over the centuries, they are entirely different breeds and have unique personalities. Pembrokes are bubbly, outgoing and sometimes fidgety. They love to play and run around outside, yet they also have quiet moments where they want to relax indoors. Cardigan Welsh Corgis, on the other hand, tend to be more reserved and standoffish with strangers and other pets. Though less sociable than Pembrokes, Cardigans are still just as loyal and eager to please.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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Quick Facts

  • 25 - 30 pounds
  • 10 - 13 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Singles
    • Outdoorsy types
    • Active people
    • Ranchers
    • Families

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Trademark Traits

    • Friendly
    • Gentle
    • Outgoing
    • Hard-working
    • Loyal
    • Tough

What They Are Like to Live With

Welsh Corgis are brave and loyal defenders of the home. They also have natural herding instincts that make them naturally protective of children and family members. Some are even known to lightly nip at heels to keep everyone moving in the right direction. In the house, they are quiet, clean and polite; that is, as long as they get enough attention and exercise.

If you work outdoors or have a farm, you could truly benefit from having a Welsh Corgi. For centuries they have been prized for their intelligence, obedience and determination.

Things You Should Know

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.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi History

Flemish weavers brought Pembroke Welsh Corgis to Wales in the early 1100s. These weavers eventually became farmers, and these dogs easily adapted to the practice of herding animals and guarding livestock in the Welsh hills and pastures. In the 19th century, Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Pembroke Welsh Corgis were mistakenly crossbred. That practice was stopped in the 20th century, and they are now each considered their own breed.

The Look of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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.

Talk About Pembroke Welsh Corgis 

Social, expressive herding dogs

Our dogs are a joy! They love to be outdoors socializing at our local park and they love to lay around and watch TV with us too. As they are herding dogs, one lays on either side of me (we have two). Walter, our youngest has the most adorable expressions and is quite popular with all of the dogs at the park. He is a little clown and with his facial expressions he can get most anything he wants from us. We have had Corgis for over 20 years. We travel with them and never have a problem of them misbehaving. I strongly recommend this breed for active people and families.

~Mari J., owner of two Corgis

A great dog for families

Pembroke Corgis are not only regarded as the second best breed suitable for a family, they are adaptable to most circumstances. Pems are cute, cool and cuddly. Typically they are super friendly and super intelligent. Easy to train, hardy and long lived (typically 14-16 years).

Corgis are a little different in their composition and attitude but few can deny they are gorgeous, complete with the generous smile, huge antenna ears and luscious coat. They can fly like the wind when required or urged, hence their versatility. But don't let them get overweight or underestimate their exercising requirements or set aside their desire for human companionship.

~Michael R., owner of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Adaptable in most circumstances

Pembroke Corgis are not only regarded as the second best breed of dog suitable for a family, but they are adaptable to most circumstances. Pems are cute,cool and cuddly. Typically theu are super friendly and super intelligent. Easy to train, hardy and long lived (typically 14-16 years).

Corgis are a little different in their composition and attitude but few can deny they are gorgeous complete with their generous smiles, huge antenna ears and luscious coats. They can fly like the wind when required or urged, hence their versatility. But don't let them get overweight, under-estimate their exercising requirements or set aside their desire for human companionship.

My Pembroke Corgi, Taylor, fits the bill perfectly and together we are achieving things beyond the norm. Taylor was named New Zealand Dog of the Year in 2008.

~Michael R., owner of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Beautiful inside and out

My dog Ella is not only beautiful to look at; she's also beautiful inside. She is a very alert, active, fun loving dog. She's always ready for anything, such as going for walks, meeting new people, begging for cookies, and is very friendly with anyone she meets. She is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. This breed is very happy, loyal, and very smart! To the point, I sometimes think there is a human inside her looking back at us. What a gal she is for sure. They truly are a wonderful breed for any family. Smart, loyal, playful, full of fun, fun, fun. A medium-sized dog with lots of attitude!

~Darel, owner of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Hours of fun, tons of fur

They are wonderful sturdy big dogs with little leggies. They are funny and provide hours of fun just watching them play with each other.

I started with one, then got two, then three, then four and now five. Yep, five Pembroke Welsh Corgis in one household, and I do walk all five at once. They are very smart and always have smiles on their faces.

To live with corgis mean that you live with fur, tons of fur. The running joke is they shed twice a year, January-June and July-December. If you don't like having fur on you 24/7/365 then don't get a corgi.

They can be very stubborn, so you have to be consistent with training, but once you own a corgi you'll always want a corgi in your life.

~Anita M., owner of five Pembroke Welsh Corgis

Need a lot of exercise so they don't get bored or overweight

Our Pembroke Welsh Corgis are loyal, protective, loving dogs and they learn quickly. Ours are tri-colored, tan and black with white. They are silly clowns one moment, relaxed and napping the next and sometimes can be quite vocal.

While they have different barks, like during playtime, their alert barking can sound like it's coming from a much larger dog. Their facial expressions can appear serious and intent or look like they are smiling.

They like to be close to their human pack and can easily trip you up if you're not careful. They shed a lot, so brushing is mandatory and frequent.

Corgis need a lot of exercise to avoid becoming crazy bored and overweight. We walk for about an hour at least twice a day. People frequently ask us what kind of dog they are, since Corgis are not as popular yet as some other breeds.

They are very friendly and want to meet everyone. Our Corgis love to play fetch. It gets them running, which they love to do since they are herders. I recommend these active dogs for singles and families alike, but they would not do as well with inactive people.

~Diane A., owner of Pembroke Welsh Corgis

Watch out for bladder stones

Corgis are fantastic dogs. Everything mentioned about them is true. Mine loves people. They will 'talk' to you too. They are extremely stoic especially if there is something wrong with them as I discovered with our Misty. She tinkled on the carpet one evening and she never does this. I noticed blood in her urine. She had surgery the following day because her bladder was full of stones!

The vet told me that this breed is very stoic when it comes to enduring pain, I guess it must be so! After the lab results, we found out that the stones were caused by a long-term infection which I never knew she had! She healed beautifully and is now on a special diet for the rest of her life. Apparently, bladder stones can be a problem for this breed, which I never knew.

I would recommend this breed to anyone. They are fabulous dogs. Their expressions are priceless as well as their loyalty and they are very intelligent, and fun to train.

~Karen R., owner of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Train your Corgi not to herd you

Corgis are the most beautiful breed of dog there is. My dog Scout's face is what I love most about him. I love the whole look of his body. He is sweet, smart, friendly, and very active. He looks forward to his daily hike along neighborhood trails and parks, loves to splash in the creek or lake, and loves to play with the neighbor dogs. He loves people, too, and is always willing to stop what he's doing for a nice long pet or to have his belly rubbed!

He loves playing in the backyard: soccer, Frisbee, or just plain running. He is 7 months old and I can't remember what life was like without him. Bringing him into our lives has been the best thing I have ever done.

Corgis do attempt to "herd" you when playing or even when just walking around the house, so you may want to train them not to. Also, Scout does get quite vocal when he feels he isn't getting enough attention. These things are outweighed by all of his positive traits. He is the love of my life, and my only regret is that I waited so long for him to find me.

~Rita P., owner of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi