Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Description

If it were not for its short legs, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi would be an average size dog. The breed’s legs are short, but strong. The front legs are somewhat bent, while the back legs are well angled. The back of this breed is long. It has an elongated neck to match its body. The neck angles to the shoulders and back. Its chest is deep. The breed’s head is average size, but the muzzle is long. There is a definite stop. Its ears are set high and are somewhat pointed. The breed has a docked tail. The coat is short and dense. The bottom layer of the coat is close to the skin and rough. The top layer of the coat is not too long. The coat is most profuse at the neck, chest, and back of legs.

Temperament

The Pembroke Welsh Welsh Corgi looks similar to a fox and has a similar temperament. The breed’s body allows it to move very quickly. It enjoys playing with children and will usually tolerate their antics. It is loyal and seeks to protect its family. It will bark to alert its family of people or noises around the home. It may attack if it feels its family is being threatened. Early socialization of this breed will prevent any social problems.

Height and Weight

The male and female Pembroke Welsh Corgi both stand about 10-12 inches tall. The male weighs an average of 27 pounds and the female tends to weigh an average of 25 pounds.

Health Problems

The most serious health concerns for the Pembroke Welsh Corgi are hip dyplasia and intervertebral disc disease. Some type may also develop epilepsy. Although rare, some types may be susceptible progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). It is recommeneded that the breed is evaluated for these conditions.

Ideal Living Conditions

The most suitable living condition for the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one that enables it to be active while enjoying the company of its family. In most situations, allowing the breed to live in a well fenced yard of average size is best.

Exercise

If the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is mostly a working dog it ill get plenty of exercise. Types that are kept indoors probably have the greatest need for exercise.

Life Expectancy

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has an average life expectancy of 11-13 years.

Litter Size

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has an average of 6-7 puppies.

Grooming

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a coat that requires very little maintenance. Throughout most of the year, all that is needed is occasionally brushing. During shedding season the coat will require more brushing.

Origin

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi originated in Pembrokeshire Wales.

Group

Herding

Color

The coat of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is usually light brown, black and light brown, yellow, or red. The breed may have white markings on its chest and muzzle.