Pembroke Welsh Corgi – Alert and Affectionate

The background of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has deeply steeped in folklore that it is not clearly known where it originated from. Its origin in Pembrokeshire, Wales is toldin the tales that say, two children, while tending their family cattle, found two puppies that looked like foxes but had something unique about them. These kids bundled the puppies and took them home. These children, with the support of their parents, tended to these puppies which in turn helped hem tend to the cattle in the field.

Are Corgis Affectionate
Are Corgis Affectionate

Some people say the Pembroke Welsh Corgis descended from Swedish cattle dogs brought by the Vikings to Wales in the 9th and 10th centuries. While others still think they were brought to Wales in the 12th centuries by Flemish weavers. In spite of the mystery of their origin, these dogs became great farm dogs and were recognized as purebred dogs by the UK Kennel Club in the 1920s. And in 1936, they were first shown in the US from where they gained popularity till today it is among the top 50 best family pets in America.

In 1933, King George VI gave her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II her first Pembroke Welsh Corgis and she loved them ever since. This particular one was named Rozavel Golden Eagle. She played with the dog together with her sister Margaret and today she has a pack of the breed around the palace.

Cute Corgi Puppies
Cute Corgi Puppies

Corgi Personality/Temperament

This is a brilliant dog that is very devoted to its owner. It takes care of the family very seriously since it is an excellent watchdog. The dog is very lovable and playful and wants always to accompany the family wherever they go and wants to be a part of the action. They cooperate well with children especially if they grow together and socialize. They like to bark and get very excited at times, are instantly wary of strangers and are prone to defending their territory.

Corgi Personality
Corgi Personality

It may be a small-bodied dog, but the Pembroke Welsh Corgis has a lot of dog in it. In the early times, they were used to hunt rodents and herd cattle in Pembrokeshire, Wales and have taken their job seriously ever since. By nipping the heels of cattle, they kept the cattle in line, and their small bodies kept them safe from kicks. 

 Today, they are still used as farm dogs but are also lovely family pets trustworthy around the children and are reliable watchdogs. Even though they have their own minds, they still desire to please those they love. They are introspective, attention-seeking and can also be clownish at times.

Corgi Temperament
Corgi Temperament

Corgi Exercise Needs

In spite of the high energy level of Pembroke Welsh Corgis, they require just a little amount of exercise for a happy, healthy life. The dog can adapt very easily to any setting, a ranch, a home with a yard, a condominium or apartment. Daily walking is required for about 30 minutes and if you have no yard at home, allow them to run in the park weekly. They, however, need lots of mental stimulation and should stay busy most of the day. Their root as farm dogs makes them want to keep agile hence their ability to excel in advanced training in obedience. Inadequate physical and mental stimulation may cause the dog to be anxious and very destructive if left alone.

Corgi Exercise Needs
Corgi Exercise Needs

Corgi Suitability as a Family Pet

Pembroke Welsh Corgis made a very lovable family pet-friendly to the family but reserved in the presence of guests. When you socialize them at a young age, they will not be timid or shy. They coexist well with other family pets but are not interested in unfamiliar dogs they meet at the park or during walks. It lives for about 14 years meaning it can grow with the children. They have a history of tail-docking hence the likelihood of being born without a tail. They are happiest on a large farm but also do well in spacious apartments with some play area outside.

Corgi Suitability As A Family Pet
Corgi Suitability As A Family Pet

Corgi Known Health Issues

The Pembroke Welsh Corgis lives for approximately 14 years and is prone o some serious health issues. These include invertebral disc disease and hip dysplasia. It also experiences minor issues like degenerative myelopathy, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, lens luxation and urinary stones in some occasions. Carrying out DNA, hip and eye test for the dog early in life may help identify some of these issues.

Another Corgi Puppy
Another Corgi Puppy

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi makes an ideal family pet.  They are smart, affectionate and alert.  Their bold nature comes from their history as a working dog and they love to run and play.

8 thoughts on “Pembroke Welsh Corgi – Alert and Affectionate”

  1. I like that you said that Pembroke Welsh Corgis make lovable family pets. My daughters have been begging me for a second dog and I’ve been searching for a good fit. I’ll be looking further into this breed of Corgi.

  2. I love Pembroke Welsh Corgi! I had one for 16 years and it broke my heart when she passed away. A year later my wonderful husband bought me another little girl for Christmas! It was love at first sight! Corgi are easy to train, loyal to their “alpha”, and very loving companions. She often accompanies my outside and never wanders away, if left kutside, she will it at the door to be let inside. I won’t own any other breed of dog, ever!

  3. Why is there a photo of a Cardigan corgi on Pinterest then underneath it says all about Pembroke corgis which the article is about, don’t get me wrong I love Cardis just a bit confused.

    • They do shed a lot. But, their sweet and loving nature makes it so worth the trouble. I have two, Piper and Mulligan. Love them to pieces!

  4. I have a Corgy Chihuahua mix, he looks just like the Corgi but has longer legs, he is white with a small amount of tan, we love this dog, he sheds a lot and have to keep him groomed, he has such a gentle nature, loved to play ball & loves to go for rides, we have like an acre of fenced in yard he loves the outdoors, he is a little sensitive & timid at times we don’t know why, his first owners son treated him rough and said he would growl at him, that is how we got him, but he is fine with kids now and loves people he will still growl if you pet him around the rump area, he growls to tell us he does not like something ,we know to back off and he is fine, got him at one yr old ,he is now 3, we only have one problem, everyone seems to want our dog, we keep saying NO, Max has a good home with us, he has a buddy, a small Chihuahua, got at 7 wks. old, and she is the same age as Max, Note- Both are neutered, No puppies.

    • Had a Welsh Corgi for 14 years they are loving and affectionate he got along with our cat and anyone who came to visit. They are exceptionally strong and are afraid of nothing

  5. You need better photos. You have two puppies who are fluffies, which is a disqualifying fault, and one adult with a blue eye, which is also a bad fault. The dog under “personality” may also be a fluffy. The only good looking Corgis are the running tricolor and the reclining one under “suitability.”
    Degenerative myelopathy is not a minor problem. It is crippling and heart-breaking. The best dog I ever had died as a result of that disease, and I thought I would die, too.
    Corgis are indeed extremely intelligent, but that can make it harder to train them as they can always think of something better to do. They can be destructive chewers. They do not always get along with other dogs, any more than any other breed does. I have had dog fights in my house between intact males as well as a younger female deciding to take on our elderly alpha bitch, and I got bitten myself both times. One definitely needs to be dedicated to obedience training as well as extreme affection.
    I have had Corgis since 1986, and after trying two Australian Cattle Dogs to live alongside Corgis, I will never have anything but a Corgi from now on.

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