The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, cousin to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, is the most popular of the Corgi breeds. Cute and cuddly in appearance and outgoing and playful in temperament, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi makes a great family or companion dog. They are very intelligent with wonderful senses of humor and would make a great addition to your family.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. While the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is known as the “Corgi with the tail,” the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is normally tailless. Many Pembrokes are born without tails, but some puppy tails are still docked at birth. These Corgis are still in the process of being selectively bred to not have tails.
2. One reason the Pembroke Welshes are more popular than the Cardigan Welshes is that they are preferred by royalty. Queen Elizabeth II has owned over thirty Pembroke Welsh Corgis during her reign. Archaeologists have also found bones dating back to the 9th century in England, suggesting the breed’s popularity with the royal family for several hundreds of years.
3. One distinctive trait of the Corgi is the way he sits. Corgis are known to sit in a “frog-like” position with their legs splayed out behind them.
4. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was originally bred as a herding dog. It is the smallest herding breed, standing at 10-12 inches tall at full maturity.
5. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is listed as the 11th most intelligent breed of all the dog breeds.
6. This breed can come in several different colors being red, sable, tan with or without white markings, black, or fawn. The breed can also exhibit a blue merle color, but this is not recognized by the AKC as an official color for the breed.
7. No matter the color of the Corgi, the only official eye color of the breed is brown. Any other eye color is not recognized by the AKC.
8. Surprisingly, the Corgi is most closely related to the Siberian Husky. They both originate from the Spitz family of breeds.
9. Legend has it that the first Pembroke Welsh Corgis were found in a field by some children. Thinking that they were fox pups, the children brought them home. Their parents told them that they were in fact dogs; they told them that the Corgis were a gift from the fairies, and that the dogs were used to pull fairy chariots into battle. The parents said that the markings on their backs were proof of the saddles that the fairies would have used on them.
10. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are affectionately referred to sometimes as Pembrokes, PWC’s, or Pems.