Pembroke Welsh Corgi Info

The Pembroke is one of two fairly similar short-legged herding dog breeds. He is smaller than the Welsh Corgi (which is also owned by the British Queen) and has a long pedigree.

It is said to have been around in Wales since the 11th century. Its snapping habit stems from its herding past, rounding up herds by biting the animals on their heels.


The Welsh Corgi Pembroke and Welsh Corgi Cardigan are herding dogs originally from Great Britain, more specifically from Wales. It is one of the oldest dog breeds and can be traced back to the 10th century. Like the “Cardigan”, the Pembroke dates back to the 10th century and originated in Wales, it is said to be a descendant of the Welsh herding dogs and has been known as a cattle dog since the 12th century.

Since he dutifully drove the herds of cattle to the markets or pastures and also guarded the farm, he was irreplaceable to the farmers of Wales. The Corgi Pembroke and Cadigan were often crossed with each other until it was banned in 1934 and the two breeds were recognized as separate breeds. In 1925 the Welsh Corgi was also generally recognized as an official breed in the UK Kennel Club.

The Welsh Corgi belongs to the Spitz family. Despite the fact that both breeds differ significantly from each other nowadays, both in appearance and in character, there are certain similarities. For example, the Corgi, like the Spitz, has the predisposition to a bobtail.


This short, powerful dog has a level back and tucked-up abdomen, with quick and agile movements. The Pembroke is slightly lighter and smaller than the cardigan.

The head with its pointed snout and not very pronounced stop is reminiscent of a fox. The round, medium-sized eyes match the color of the fur. The medium-sized, slightly rounded ears are erect. The medium-sized coat is very dense – it can be red, sandy, fox red, or black and tan in color with white markings. The tail of the Pembroke is inherently short and docked. In the case of the cardigan, it is moderately long and runs in a straight line with the backbone.


A Pembroke Welsh Corgi coat requires minimal grooming. Here and there you can remove the dead hair from the coat with a brush.

External features of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi


A skull that is broad and flat between the ears but tapers towards the snout, giving the typical fox-like face.


Large, triangular and carried erect. In puppies, the ears droop and only become stiff in adulthood.


Strong and long enough to balance the long body and give the dog symmetry.


Congenitally short and bushy. It is carried hanging. In the past, it was often docked in working dogs.


Slightly oval in shape, rabbit-like. Feet point forward rather than outward.


The Welsh Corgi is an intelligent, loyal, affectionate, and lovable animal that is ideal for children. However, he is suspicious of strangers, which is why he can also be used as a guard dog.

Due to his liveliness and personality, he needs careful training. The Pembroke has a slightly more open character than the Cardigan, with the latter tending towards particular devotion.


That the Corgis, especially the Pembroke breed, are the favorite dogs of the British royal family is well known and a certain “proof of quality”. The burly midget dogs with the build – and the stubbornness – of a dachshund do make bright, active, brave, and confident family dogs who are also alert, affectionate, and child-friendly. When meeting strangers, the healthy dose of trust can sometimes turn scathing, more so in the Cardigan than in the gentler and calmer Pembroke Corgi.


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Cardigan Welsh Corgi are fairly easy to keep around town and in the country.


The training of the Welsh Corgi Pembroke happens almost “on the side”. He adapts very well, is very intelligent, and orientates himself strongly towards his owner.


Pembrokes are good with children as long as they are not teased! Because then even the humor of these dogs is “overwhelmed”. The breed is alert but not overly suspicious of strangers. Pembrokes can sometimes be a bit ‘dominant’ towards other dogs.

Area of ​​life

Corgis love being outdoors, but they also get used to life in the apartment.


A Pembroke Welsh Corgi requires a lot of exercise and exercise. As cute and clumsy as he may look with his short legs, he is a working dog and proves it on a daily basis. Just going for a walk is not enough for this breed.

They want to run, romp and have a task. Owners are therefore challenged (and sometimes overwhelmed). Because the energy of these dogs seems to be almost endless. Therefore, they are suitable for many dog ​​sports, such as “flyball”, agility (depending on the size of the hurdle), or rally obedience.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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