Welsh Corgis resemble their relative the fox, with their large, rounded ears and fluffy tails.
The Corgi is thought to have originated in Wales. He was bred to assist with herding cattle. The Corgi was taught to nip at the hind legs of cattle to get them moving faster. Today, this dog can still follow it’s original breeding purpose and herd, but most of the time he is a family dog. There are two types of Welsh Corgis: the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. They only differ in color, size, and body structure.
The Pembroke Corgi’s tail is usually docked, while the Cardigan Corgi has a long, flowing tail. Corgis need to have their coats groomed daily and have regular walks to keep them in shape. They are very loving and active dogs, loyal to the end.
The Pembroke Corgi comes in colors of red, sable, fawn, and can also have black and white markings. Sometimes this small dog’s coat looks orange. The Pembroke stands 10-12 inches from the dog’s shoulders and usually weighs 25-35 pounds. They live about 12-15 years.
The Cardigan Corgi can be blue-merle, black, tan, brindle, and can also have white markings. From their shoulders they stand 10-13 inches and they usually weigh 25-38 pounds, the same as the Pembroke Corgi. They also live about 12-15 years.
Corgis make excellent guard dogs, even though they are not very fierce looking dogs. They are good with children but cautious of new dogs and new people. Due to their original instinct, Corgis might try to nip at a person’s heels while playing which must be corrected. They are big barkers and are forever trying to please their human.