Pembroke Welsh CorgiThu, April 18, 2013,
Corgis are known for being Queen Elizabeth’s preferred breed and have been favored by the British for more than seventy years. Having loved Corgis since she was a young girl, Queen Elizabeth II has made Corgis one of the most famous breeds in the world. She has owned over 30 Corgis since becoming Queen in 1952 and one was even featured with her on the crown coin for her Golden Jubilee year.
Corgis are one of the smallest dogs in the herding group, with short legs and long bodies and are sometimes born without a tail. The average height of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi is generally between 10 to 12 inches and the average weight is 24 to 30 pounds. They have a long soft coat and colors include red, sable, fawn, black, tan (sometimes with white markings).
Historically this breed was a working dog and herded cattle, sheep, and horses. In fact, they are considered one of the oldest herding breeds to date. They are a highly intelligent breed, ranking 11th in Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs, and are therefore easy to train.
Corgis are loyal to their owners and like to please them. They are also great with children so long as they have been trained to see humans as higher in the pack order. Their protective instincts towards their owners along with their tendencies to like to bark make them great watchdogs. However they do need firm leadership and it’s important to maintain proper human to canine communication to prevent over-protective behaviors later in life. Also due to their herding nature they sometimes will try to herd people by nipping at their heels so it is important when training to prevent this.
Corgis are extremely active and require lots of daily exercise otherwise they may become overly excited indoors. While walking, it is also important to make this breed heel beside you as they view whoever is leading the way as the pack leader and Corgis need to learn they are not it!
Whether you live in an apartment or have a sprawling estate (say, for instance, Buckingham Palace) Corgis will make a great pet. And if they are good enough for a Queen then they must be charming!