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Welsh Corgi Pembroke

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The Welsh Corgi is a small herding dog that originated in Wales. There are two distinct breeds of Welsh Corgi: the Pembroke Welsh corgi and the Cardigan Welsh corgi, with the Pembroke being the more common. The Welsh Corgi was bred to herd Cattle, protect the farm and participate in hunts. The Welsh Corgi is also a great family dog that loves outside activities.

Character and behavior
The Welsh Corgi is an intelligent dog breed that is eager to please its owner. That makes the dog easy to train even though it can exhibit stubbornness at times. As a herding dog the Welsh Corgi can have a tendency to nip at the heels of people as a puppy but this is easy to get rid of with some training.

The Welsh Corgi alerts its owner to any perceived threats by barking. You can avoid excessive barking through training and communication with your dog. If you socialize your Corgi with other animals and pets early on it is not a problem for them to get along. The Welsh Corgi is an energetic and friendly dog that needs a lot of exercise and is good with children.

History of the breed
The Welsh Corgi Pembroke originated in Pembrokeshire in Wales. People are not certain how the breed was developed but a theory is that Dutch weavers brought the dog to Wales in the middle ages.

The Welsh Corgi spent its days herding cattle, sheep and horses and is one of the oldest herding breeds. Today the Corgi excels at agility and other work related tasks. The Welsh Corgi Pembroke is part of the Spitz group of dogs but the Welsh Corgi Cardigan is related to the Dachshund.

Appearance, grooming and health
The Welsh Corgi has a characteristic appearance with short legs relative to the length of the dog’s body. The ears are medium-sized and erect. The eyes are oval and brown. The muzzle provides the dog with a fox-like look. Following a ban on cropping tails in some European countries breeders tried to select Corgis with natural bobtails.

The Welsh Corgi typically weighs about 25-27 pounds and stand 10-13 inches tall. The coat has two layers keeping the dog warm in cold weather. The coat is easy to groom and doesn’t require much work. The Corgi is known to gain weight easily and should not receive too much food as to become overweight. The Welsh Corgi has an average life span of 12-15 years.

What you should know about the Welsh Corgi dog breed:

  • Is an excellent family dog for the active family
  • Requires a lot of exercise
  • The Welsh Corgi is friendly and good with children
  • Will alert its owner of perceived threats by barking
  • An intelligent herding breed that is easy to train

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