Two distinct breeds of Corgi are recognized, named after the old Welsh counties where they first developed. The Pembroke Corgi is the oldest and remains the most popular, possibly because of its links with the British Royal Family. It is characterized by a short, upright tail and pointed ears. In contrast, the Cardigan Corgi has a long tail and more rounded tips to its ears. It is also slightly larger over all, with stockier legs. Temperamentally, the Pembroke tends to be the livelier of the two breeds. Both have a long history in Wales and may trace their ancestry back to the Swedish Vallhund, brought to the region by Viking invaders about a thousand years ago. Even today, there is a clear similarity in appearance between these two dog breeds.
Coat Type/Colour: Short; Tan, Cream and Black
Height: 10-12 Inch (25 – 30.5 cm)
Weight: 24 lb (10.9 kg)
Nature: Intellignet; Easy to Train; Tendency to Nip
Corgis have traditionally been used as herding dogs, driving cattle by moving in among them and nipping the heels of any animals that were reluctant to move forward. Their short size helped to protect them against being kicked. As companions, Welsh Corgis prove intelligent and are very amenable to training, although occasionally they may be tempted to nip even a royal owner! Their diet needs to be watched carefully, as they can become over-weight quite easily, and they must have adequate exercise, although long walks are not considered essential.