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Welsh Corgi Pembroke

Welsh Corgi Pembroke

“The Welsh Corgi Pembroke may be a further development of the Cardigan Corgi. Suggested crosses to produce the smaller breed are the Schipperke and Pomeranian, both of which had been brought by Flemish weavers to Pembrokeshire, Wales, in the 12th century. The Lancashire Heeler, a small black-and-tan herding dog of similar type, may also have figured in the Pembroke’s background. Whatever its ancestry, the foxy Pembroke has always had enormous appeal. In 1933, the Duke of York, later to become King George VI, bought a Pembroke puppy for his daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret Rose. Later a mate was added and it is the descendants of that pair that are pets of the Royal family today. At one time, both Corgi breeds were shown as one but Britain granted them separate status in 1934. The Pembroke is smaller and more foxy in appearance than the Cardigan. It is also born tailless or has its tail docked.


The affectionate Pembroke is one of the most agreeable and charming of small housepets. Intelligent and affectionate in nature, the Pem is alert and vigilant but kindly.

Activity Level

The Pembroke is considered to be more restless and easily excited than the Cardigan. An active breed, it makes a fine family pet in any setting where it gets lots of outdoor exercise as befits a herding dog.


The Pembroke measures from 10-12 in (25-30 cm) at the shoulder and weighs 18-24 lb (8-11 kg).


The thick, coarse outer coat is medium in length with a slightly thicker and longer ruff around the neck, chest and shoulders. The breed has a short, weather-resistant undercoat.


The coat comes in self-colours in red, sable, fawn, black and tan, or there may be white markings on the legs, chest and neck. Some white on the head is acceptable.”
(Source-Canadian Kennel Club)