INTRODUCING THE WELSH CORGI
are two distinct breeds of Welsh Corgis:
PEMBROKE - The Spitz type
THE CARDIGAN - The Teckle type
breeds make ideal pets and companions.
PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI originated from the small, hardy, natural bob-tailed
cattle dogs of the Pembrokeshire area in Wales. Their heritage endows
them with all those valuable instincts of a working dog, a friend and
helper of man possessing an independent spirit that originally enabled
them to control the Welsh cattle without undue direction from their
as a pet by the British Royal Family in 1935, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
is now one of the best known breeds particularly in Commonwealth countries,
being highly successful in both show and obedience rings world wide
and extremely popular as a family pet.
Pembroke is certainly a robust dog, his ample get-up-and-go will make
him ready for any type of work or play; by nature cheerful and affectionate
his natural intelligence makes him alert, and inquisitive, he thrives
on attention, yet is content to take his well earned rest at his masters
distinctive head is foxy in shape and appearance. An ideal height of
10 to 12 inches (25.4 to 30.5 cm) and weight of 22 to 26 lbs (10 to
12 kg) makes them small enough to fit comfortably in the family car
and live happily in the suburban back yard. His beautiful short coat
requires only a quick brush to keep clean and shiny plus an occasional
comb to keep the undercoat and skin in good condition.
Pembroke comes in a wide range of colours including the eye catching
tri colour, a combination of black with tan and white markings. Traditional
coat colours vary through all shades of red, fawn, sable and black with
tan, usually have smart white markings on feet, legs, chest and foreface.
Pembroke is traditionally recognised by a short or bob tail. As a consequence
of the ban on docking currently in force in Australia, many Pembrokes
will now be seen with a part or full length tail. However, as the gene
that produces naturally bob or short tails is a dominant one in the
Pembroke, there will still be Pembrokes found with this characteristic
feature of a short bob tail.
CARDIGAN WELSH CORGI is one of the oldest of the Welsh dog breeds
and is generally acknowledged as being the original Corgi or small 'dwarf'
dog of Wales.
very ancient times they were used as a sheep and cattle herder, guard
dog, general purpose farm dog, friend and companion in the lonely Crofters
huts of the remote Welsh hillside country of Cardiganshire.
official pedigree records exist of the original Cardigan Corgis and
it was not until about 1930 that separate show registers for both Cardigan
and Pembroke types were recognised by the English Kennel Club. Despite
some interbreeding with their Pembroke cousins at the time, the Cardigan
Corgi with their ancient lineage have dominantly retained their individual
characteristics, particularly their steady sensible temperament and
tractable nature, signified always by an expressive waving tail.
Cardigan Corgi today, although never experiencing the impetus of Royal
patronage, continues to maintain its popularity, particularly as an
obedience dog and family pet. Standing about 12 inches (30 cm) high
at the shoulder with head foxy in shape and appearance, they have pricked
ears that are characteristically larger and more rounded than those
of their Pembroke cousins. Usually a heavier dog than the Pembroke,
they are slightly longer in back with a tail that stretches out behind
like a fox's brush. With front feet that turn slightly outwards for
balance, Cardigan Corgis are very agile and extremely strong for their
have exceptionally sensitive hearing and make excellent watchdogs. Very
adaptable, Cardigans are equally at home on a large property or in a
smaller suburban backyard. They come in an even more extensive variety
of colours than the Pembroke. Their short to medium length coat can
vary through all shades of red (from light tan to mahogany and sable),
tricolour with either brindle or tan points, plus in addition the exclusive
Cardigan colours of brindle and blue merle.
the Pembroke and the Cardigan Corgis are a long-lived breed (14 to 17
years is quite common).