Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Summary:  The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a small dog with a big heart, and just a wee bit of enchantment.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the dog of legends.  The tale of the enchanted dog goes that the corgi was used by elves and fairies of its native Wales to pull the fairy coaches as well as serve as the steed of choice for the fairy warriors.  Even today the enchantment continues as the Pembroke Welsh Corgi wins over owners hearts with its smile and bright eyes and clownish attitude.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the younger of the two Corgi breeds.  The Pembroke Welsh Corgi differs from the Cardigan Welsh Corgi in that the Cardigan has a long tail while the Pembroke has a short tail.  An ancient breed, the Corgi, both Pembroke and Cardigan were considered the same breed going back to the Celts in 1200 BC.  In 1934, the Corgi breeds were identified as two different breeds by the American Kennel Club and the English Kennel Club with the Pembroke Welsh Corgi becoming the most popular of the two corgi breeds.


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi may look like a small dog with its short legs and longish body, but it is far from it.  The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a proud dog always on the alert and built very solid.  The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has facial expressions of intelligence with a sense of humor at all times.  Many feel the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is actually smiling when it works and it loves to work.

The coat of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is very thick with a coarse, water resistant outer coat.  The coat color ranges from fawn, tan, sable to black and red with white markings on the face, legs and chest areas.  The coat is medium length that requires minimal brushing to assist in shedding and to maintain its natural cleanliness.


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a great family dog with their desire to run and romp with considerate children and family members.  The Pembroke Welsh Corgi loves to please its owners.  An overall happy dog that is loyal and devoted to the family.  The Pembroke Welsh Corgi enjoys a walk in the park, romp in the backyard and especially cuddle time in the owner’s lap.

Health Concerns

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, like other long bodied breeds are prone to issues with the back.  This is especially true should the Pembroke Welsh Corgi become overweight from their love of treats.

Other Issues Include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Eye problems: progressive retinal issues and cataracts
  • Cancer and auto-immune problems
  • Reproductive problems

Always check the health issues of the sire and dam with the breeder to be aware of any hereditary health concerns.  The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a lifespan of 12 – 15 years.  Keep them healthy throughout the years with annual checkups with a veterinarian.

History and Trivia

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a long and interesting history with many interesting facts.

  • In the 1997 movie “Robinson Crusoe”, Skipper, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi was a star.
  • The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the dog of royalty in England as a favorite breed of dog of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • The meaning of corgi has been found to have several meanings.  The favored is teh Welsh word “cor” meaning dwarf and “gi’ meaning dog.  It fits the enchanted Pembroke Welsh Corgi or “dwarf dog”.
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s have been featured on stamps around the world.  A Carribean stamp from 1994 featured the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and its cousin the Cardigan Welsh Corgi during “The Year of the Dog”.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi may be the smallest breed of dog in the herding breed group, but it is the largest in heart and loyalty.  With the smile that will melt your heart, it is no wonder the fairies picked the corgi to enchant.