A first look of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi gives the impression of a long dog, mainly from the short legs that it has in comparison to the length of the body. The skull is somewhat flat and becomes wider when it comes to the ear region. The tapering muzzle gradually comes to a halt where there is a black nose. The color of the eyes is dark, with the exact color being determined by the skin color that the dog comes with on its coat.
Due to the short legs that the dog has, the dog looks to be oval in shape. The rims of the eyes are black. Ears are located high up on the head and are commonly cropped. The tail drops down the back and is in most cases cropped. It is however important to note that the cropping of the tail is something that has been made illegal in moist countries. One unique thing that may be seen is that this dog may be born without a tail which is in no way abnormal.
This dog has a double coat that consists of a short and thick undercoat while the top coat is coarse and a long and coarse outer coat. Common coat colors include red, fawn, black and tan. White markings are common in the chest, neck and parts of the muzzle. Average height of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is at 10 – 12 inches and the weight range is 24 – 30 pounds.
The Pembroke welsh Cori is a high intelligence dog that is ever active and willing to please its owner with the best of its ability. As such, training is a lot of fun for both the dog and the trainer as there is a lot that can be learnt. This dog is very protective of its owner and will do everything in its power to be by their owner’s side. It is for this reason advised that the Pembroke should socialize from the earliest opportunity it can get.
Proper leadership is very important for the Pembroke as lack of it being led well causes the dog t fall into the Small Dog Syndrome where it tends to assume pack leader status and do whatever it pleases. It is for this reason advised that the Pembroke should always be well led to avoid behavior problems cropping up.
Common health problems that the Pembroke faces include PRA, back disorders and glaucoma. Weight management must be done as it goes a long way in ensuring that this dog gets to the recommended health status.
This dog is generally health and has very low mortality across all stages of life. The average lifespan is 10 – 15 years.
Regular grooming of the dog is quite important as it avoids matting and keeps the dog looking good. Bathing should be minimized and only done when necessary.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is said to have been bred from the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. It is closely related to the Pomeranian, Swedish Vallhund and the Schipperkes. It was officially recognized by the AKC in 1934.