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Understanding and Training a Corgi, Pembroke Welsh

Corgi, Pembroke Welsh

Similar to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi in appearance and many characteristic traits, the Pembroke is smaller, shorter, and usually more outgoing, excitable & friendly with strangers.  As with both versions, this is a big personality in a small body!  Ownership requires strong leadership skills and equally energetic & creative training efforts.

The Pembroke Corgi is intelligent, determined, alert and courageous.  They will respond well to obedience training, as they are known to eagerly approach any "job" that results in praise.  Exercise clear, consistent  commands, gentle firmness and fruitful rewards in training to help them reach their full, obedient potential.

Active, energetic and full of life, Corgis like to be doing something.  Corgis need activity and they need a variety of stimulation or they are liable to invent activities for themselves (often resulting in trouble).  Therefore, integrate long walks, interactive obedience, games and quiet leisure time for a well-rounded and well balanced dog.

As with many pastoral breeds, Corgis are known to maintain order by trying to herd running and scattering children at play.  This is a trait of which to be aware, yet can be discouraged and trained out to avoid unhappy situations.

Due to their popularity with the current Royal family and other books and films, the Pembroke is earning well-deserved popularity as a pet.  A well mentally & physically stimulated Corgi is a deeply loyal dog that also serves as a watch dog, playmate, exercise partner and all-around versatile companion.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Corgi, Pembroke Welsh

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 20 - 25 lbs (10 - 12 kg); 25 - 30 cm
  • General Temperament: Active, Bold & Devoted
  • General Description: A fun, active, hardy "big" dog in a little, squat body. Corgis are best enjoyed for their eagerness, energy, versatility and deep devotion to the family.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience     x    
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required     x    
Activity Indoors   x      
Ease of Training   x      
Sociability with Strangers     x    
Grooming Requirements       x  


Brief History

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi earns its name from Pembrokeshire, South Wales, with origins that date back around 1000 years. They are believed to have or share bloodlines from the Swedish Vallhund, the Spitz dog and/or Pomeranians. The former two would have been brought over during the Viking invasions, and the latter with Flemish weavers. The were used to drive cattle given their low profile, which enabled them to roll away from a cow's kick as they dodged through herds and nipped the lower legs to force an intended direction.


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