The Welsh Corgi is famous for its royal heritage, as Queen Elizabeth II has owned numerous Pembroke Corgis during her reign of England. This royal connection has made the breed one of the most well known breeds in the world. The Pembroke Corgi originated from the bob-tailed cattle dogs in Pembrokeshire, Wales and is a lovely, intelligent dog that is a great family pet. Their short legs mean that although they are a medium sized dog, they are actually quite small. I would definitely recommend this breed for a family looking for a pet for everyone, as they are low maintenance and can adapt to most environments.
The Cardigan version, differs from the Pembroke version in that it has a tail. The Cardigan version is widely accepted to be the original Welsh dwarf dog breed. The breeds main roles throughout history have included herding cattle and sheep, acting as a guard dog and, of course, as a companion animal.
In terms of temperament, these dogs are alert, intelligent, keen to please and absolutely love spending time with their master. Their intelligence and working dog heritage makes them easy to train, as long as their owner is firm and consistent. The breed gives much truth to the saying “man’s best friend”.
The average lifespan is around 15 years, but they can live for up to 17 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.
They usually grow to about 26-30 cm in height and weigh between 10 and 12 kgs in peak condition.