The Pembroke Welsh Corgi

  • By: Mick Whitefield
  • Time to read: 2 min.

Origin: ~ Wales
Bred for: ~ Driving cattle
Coat: ~ Straight, short, fairly harsh.
Colour: ~ Red, sable, brindle, blue merle, black, with white flashings to various colours.
Height: ~ 10 to 12 inches or 25 to 30cms.
Weight: ~ 25 to 30lbs or 11 to 14kgs.

Lifespan: ~ 12 to 13 years.
AKC Group – Herding Group

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Side On
Pembroke Welsh Corgi

History of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Corgi was an essential part of the welsh farm, when it was used to drive cattle helping welsh tenant farmers to claim land upon which their cattle roamed.

The Pembroke was in fact kept as a cattle dog as was its cousin the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, however when it came to ‘Showing’ these dogs it became apparent to judges that there was a distinct difference in size between these two corgi breeds.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Solo
Pembroke Welsh Corgi with a tail

As such breeders and judges separated the two breeds and in 1935 the AKC recognised separately the breeds of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi.

The Pembroke was distinct by its size which is smaller and the fact that it sometimes had little or no tail, but if it did it was shorter than the Cardigan tail and did not trail on the ground. A lighter frame with smaller head and ears that were slightly pointed.

Its appeal was heightened when a number of them were bought by King George IV and subsequently were favourite of The Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II). They remained part of the royal household for many years and although there are currently no Pembroke Welsh Corgis in the household now, there are some Dorgis which is a cross between a Corgi and a Dachshund giving homage perhaps to the fact that the Queens own family history comes with a mix from Germany.

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