Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Herding Group

Two Pembroke Welsh Corgis sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

10-12 in

Weight

Females 22-29 lbs, Males 22-31 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-13 yrs

History

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales as a livestock herding dog. According to Welsh legend, they sprang from the lairs of fairies and elves. Historians say they descended from Vallhunds brought to Wales by Vikings in the 9th and 10th centuries. Others say they were descended from dogs brought by Flemish weavers during 12th century. They are the younger of the two Corgi breeds. You can tell them apart from the Cardigan Welsh Corgi because Cardigans have a long tail and Pembrokes have a stubby tail.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Pembroke Welsh Corgis will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★☆

★☆

★☆

★★

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★★

Common Traits

Happy, loving, and playful

Eager to please their caretakers but are also individualistic with a mind of their own- at times they may even be dominant and bossy

Adaptable to almost any living situation

Affectionate and people-oriented- known to become anxious and destructive if left alone for long

Because they are herding dogs, they will sometimes nip at your heels or even try to move scattered people in a house to a central location