The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a small yet powerful dog breed. It is one of the two types of Corgis; the other one being the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Despite their short height, Corgis were bred for the purpose of herding sheep, horses, and cattle. Tail-cropping is a common practice in this breed. As a result, most Pembroke Welsh Corgis today are naturally born without tails.
Aside from the fact that they are cute and can do a mean bubble butt dance, here are some other fun facts about this dog breed:
- One theory suggests they used to run with the Vikings. Some people assume that they were brought by the Vikings back in 800 B.C. during the Viking Invasions, which probably explains why they are so tough despite their size.
- They are small but terrible. Pembroke Welsh Corgis give out the impression that they are cute and meek, but they are more tenacious than they appear to be. They are independent and strong-willed which is why they need to be trained at an early age.
- They are excellent herders. As mentioned, the early generations of their breed were trained to be herders and farm guards. Even today, Pembroke Welsh Corgis exhibit their natural talent through participating in herding competitions.
- The word “corgi” means “dwarf dog.” In Welsh, “cor” means dwarf, and “gi” means dog; hence, they were named Corgi. They are known as dwarf dogs because their legs are short and not in proportion to their plump body.
- Their first ancestors were from the 10th century. Their early ancestors were from Pembroke, Wales. They were companions of the Flemish weavers who migrated there in 1107 A.D.
- They were mentioned in the Welsh legends. According to Welsh legends, Pembroke Welsh Corgis were utilized by the elves and fairies to be the warhorse of their soldiers, to pull their coaches, and to herd their minute cattle.
- The British royal family adores them. Queen Elizabeth II owned her first corgi named Dookie when she was only 7 years old. Since then, she had bred and owned more than 30 Pembroke Welsh Corgis. She recently stopped breeding Corgis due to her old age.
- Their fur is super easy to maintain. Despite their fluffy double coat, their fur is very easy to maintain. Their short and soft fur is manageable and impervious to tangle.
- Corgis and Huskies are distant cousins. The two types of Corgis and the Siberian Huskies came from the same ancestor – a spitz-type dog that originated from the Arctic or Northern region.
- They evolved to be tail-less. To conform to their breed’s standards, the tails of Corgi puppies are docked a few days after their birth. Eventually, Pembroke Welsh Corgis evolved to be tail-less, and such can be seen today.
If you are looking for a submissive and dependent dog who will follow you around and get involved in everything you do, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is not for you. They have a mind of their own and they do as they please. On a positive note, they will love you unconditionally without being too needy. In a way, they are similar to cats. They are bright, independent and make really great companions.