The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, also called as Pem or Corgi, is a well-liked breed of dog that originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The breed belongs to the Herding family which is remarkable for the excellent ability of its dog breed members to control the movement of other animals. Corgis is one of the smallest kinds in the herding group. They have been bred for the purpose of herding cattle. Their double coat is composed of a short, thick, and a weather-resistant undercoat paired with a longer and coarser outer coat. Their coat colors may come in red, fawn, sable, black or tan with or with no white markings.
Height and Weight
The male members of the Corgi breed typically stand around 10 to 12 in at the withers, and weigh about 25 to 30 lbs. Bitches usually have the same height as to their male counterparts, only that they weigh a little lighter. Female Corgis have a weight of approximately 24 to 28 lbs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are an extremely intelligent and loyal breed. They are willing to obey and eager to please their masters. They are very active, and are capable of relating well with children so long as the breed recognizes them as above in the pack order. Corgis are generally protective and sturdy. They make excellent guard, show, and obedience dogs. However, they need to be properly socialized at an early age to eliminate their tendency to become wary of strangers.
Owners have to use a determined and consistent yet loving approach to these pets. They have to be able to show firm but calm authority towards the Corgis to keep the breed from becoming overly protective when adult. They tend to bark a lot, and may try to herd people.
The Corgi’s short and moderately long coat is quite easy to groom. Comb, brush, and bathe them only when needed. Their coat sheds a couple of times a year. Regular ear cleaning as well as nail clipping is very helpful to keep them tidy. Corgis are not likely to acquire heavy odors.
Members of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed are prone to suffer from eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy and glaucoma. They are also likely to acquire back disorders and weight gain. With proper diet and exercise, Corgis can live for as long as 12 to 14 years.
Corgis will do well in living in an apartment, provided that the breed exercised sufficiently. Ample exercise will make them calm and even-tempered indoors. Lack of which can make them excessively active. A dwelling without a yard may also be adequate so long as they receive daily walks.