Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Although the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has been around since the early 12th century it has only been recognised by the Kennel Club as a breed in its own right since 1934.
Some say the Pembroke`s history is closely interwoven with its cousin the Cardigan Corgi, others believe they are quite separate.
The Corgi was essentially used as a working dog especially trained to handle cattle. One corgi was supposed to do the work of six men during roundup time. Up to the present day many corgis still have the instinct for the job and interest and participation in herding trials are on the rise.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a big dog in a small package fitting into most households with ease. Handsome and distinctive, he is a low set dog with a sturdy body and short legs. His head is rather fox like in appearance but with a sweet expression. Until the docking ban came into force in the UK in 2007 the Pembroke Welsh Corgi had either a docked tail or a `natural bob` now he has either a full tail or again a `natural bob`.
Possessor of the most engaging of personalities the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is extremely versatile and adapts himself to any routine, he`ll gladly go for the longest of hikes if you`re so inclined or he`ll be content to stay at home and play with his toys.
His natural herding instincts can lead him into trouble if unchecked such as nipping tradesmenís heels.
This personable little dog has long been a firm favourite with our royal family.
With proper breeding and care, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi should live 12 to 14 years without major health problems. They do tend to become overweight if not fed properly or do not receive enough exercise. The Corgi may also develop some spinal problems because of their long, low back. This breed should not be allowed to jump from great heights and should be discouraged from jumping onto and off furniture.
Monorchidism is a rare condition that sometimes affects this breed. The male of the breed may develop only one testicle. In a related condition, unilateral cryptorchidism, both testicles develop but one remains in the abdomen and does not descend. The two conditions are distinct and new owners of Pembroke Welsh Corgis should be aware of the possibility of monorchidism. Most people experienced in dog health recommend neutering of such a male and add that this dog should not be used for breeding.
There is currently no health screening requirements or recommendations for the Welsh Pembroke Corgi under the Kennel Club Accredited Breeder Scheme.