Pembroke Welsh Corgi Dog Breed – Facts and Traits

Country of origin: Great Britain
Shoulder height: 25 – 30 cm
Weight: 10 – 12 kg
Age: 12 – 14 years
Color: red, sable, fawn, black with branding, with or without white markings
Use: Companion dog

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one of the smallest herding dog breeds and is descended from Welsh cattle dogs. Welsh Corgis are hardy, intelligent, and enterprising dogs that need plenty of exercises and clear leadership. Despite their small size, they are anything but lap dogs.

Origin and history

Like the Welsh Corgi Cardigan, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi descends from Welsh sheepdogs and cattle dogs, which were kept on farms as cattle dogs as early as the 12th century. In 1925 the Cardigan and Pembroke were recognized as breeds.

The best-known Corgi lover is probably Queen Elizabeth II, who has owned Pembroke Corgis since she was young. This circumstance helped the Pembroke Corgi to become very popular outside of Great Britain.


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a small, short-legged, and powerful dog. It has medium-length, straight hair with a dense undercoat and is bred in all shades of red from bread-colored to deep red, black with tan, each with or without white markings, and in tricolor. They have large, pricked ears and often have a naturally born stubby tail.

Compared to the cardigan, the Pembroke is slightly smaller on the outside and generally lighter in build.


Despite the small body size, the Welsh Corgi Pembroke is very robust, agile, and persistent. Welsh Corgis are still used as herding dogs in some countries today.

As an independent working and all-around dogs, Welsh Corgis are also endowed with plenty of assertiveness and a strong personality. They are alert and confident but friendly with strangers.

The intelligent, smart fellows need consistent training and clear leadership, otherwise, they will take over the command themselves. They are therefore not necessarily suitable for novice dogs. Rather for people who are looking for a challenge and like to exercise a lot outdoors, because the Pembroke needs action and a lot of activity and is by no means a lap dog. Due to its long body and short legs, however, it is only suitable for dog sports to a limited extent.

The dense, stock-haired fur is easy to care for but is subject to frequent molting.

Ava Williams

Written by Ava Williams

Hello, I'm Ava! I have been writing professionally for just over 15 years. I specialize in writing informative blog posts, breed profiles, pet care product reviews, and pet health and care articles. Prior to and during my work as a writer, I spent about 12 years in the pet care industry. I have experience as a kennel supervisor and professional groomer. I also compete in dog sports with my own dogs. I also have cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

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