The Welsh Corgi has two Corgi breeds, Cardigans and Pembroke’s. Corgis are believed to have existed in Wales for more than 3,000 years. The Cardigan is distinguished by his long tail — like the sleeves of a cardigan sweater — and was used to drive cattle to market. Corgis are sensible and affectionate, they love to spend time with family and are active, fun-loving playmate for school-age children. Corgis have medium-length coat comes in many colors and patterns, including red, brindle, blue merle and black, usually with white markings.
Ancestry with Huskies
You’d never guess by looking at them, but these squat dogs share a common ancestry with the formidable Siberian husky. They have less in common with dogs their size and more in common with their larger canine brethren. They might not pull a sled (or be able to navigate snow) but they have that same dogged determination.
Their best friends were Vikings!
Cardigans are among the oldest herding breeds and over 3,000 years old! The Pembroke settled in Wales and is believed to have accompanied Vikings across the pond as they came and settled in Wales. They have a time-tested history amidst tough, hardworking human companions and they’ve historically earned their keep.
Smart & Sharp
While they may not make our list of the top 10 smartest dogs, corgis are pretty sharp. The corgi may just be the Sherlock Holmes of the dog world: brilliant and genteel, with energy and ego to match. If you can keep up, this one’s for you!
They are born without tails
Pembroke Welsh corgi are likely born without a tail. After centuries of tail docking, the breed has evolved to be nearly tailless!
Corgis Have a Double Coat
These dogs know how to winterize and accessorize. Two breeds, two coats: cardigans and Pembrokes have a double coat of hair, enabling them have weather protection but also lose a layer in the warmer seasons. The softer undercoat sheds twice a year in a fall and spring blowout. It is very important to use a nourishing shampoo to cleanse and hydrate your corgis coat – a daily leave on spray will assist to reduce the shedding and remove any excess fur.
Most people think of one or two color schemes when it comes to a corgi, but the Pembroke and cardigan actually vary quite a bit. Colors include sable, merle, tri-colored, red, black, brindle, and fawn with white markings. Be sure to use a shampoo to keep your corgis coat glowing!
Corgis are low maintenance
Corgis’ fluffy short hair requires less work than many other breeds. They have the hair you wish you had when you rolled out of bed in the morning, smooth, soft and naturally flowing!
Breed Group: Herding Dogs
Height: 10 inches to 1 foot tall at the shoulder
Weight: 25 to 38 pounds
Life Span: 12 – 15 years
ADAPTS WELL TO APARTMENT LIVING ★★★★
AFFECTIONATE WITH FAMILY ★★★★★
AMOUNT OF SHEDDING ★★★★
GENERAL HEALTH ★★★★
POTENTIAL FOR PLAYFULLNESS ★★★★
TENDENCY TO VOLCALIZE ★★
KID FRIENDLY ★★★★
EASY TO GROOM ★★★
PET FRIENDLY ★★★★