The Pembroke Welsh Corgi had a hometown in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It's purportedly a descendant from dogs that the Vikings imported to Wales, which makes them pretty old creatures. They're the smallest herding dogs in existence. One would hardly surmise that cattle and sheep would respond to such a small dog. Nonetheless, they've won some sheepdog contests. The Corgi rose to prominence because of the English royalty's preponderance of them in relation to other breeds. They're squat dogs that look like furry cylinders with bold, bright dispositions and big heads. They're good watchdogs, will bark vigorously, and sometimes die defending a family against intruders or aggressive pets. It has a habit of nipping at people's heels, but it can get dispelled via some training exercises.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a broad skull, humongous ears, and a face akin to a fox. Dogs and bitches are 10 to 12 inches high at the withers, but dogs weigh 25 to 30 pounds, and bitches weigh 24 to 28 pounds. The dogs are more muscular. It's hard to spot its tail. It has dark eyes with matching dark rims and nose. Its coat is water-repellent and comes in red, sable, fawn, black & tan, and it has white markings optionally. Its short, squat legs are not a hindrance to jumping or running, and it can be on par with dogs of equivalent size. They need a lengthy, daily walk, and they live 12 to 15 years. Queen Elizabeth II was reputed to have sixteen of them. Royalty has long favored the diplomatic and people-friendly dispositions of these little troopers. According to Welsh legend, they were gifts from the fairies.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is protective, intelligent, and obedient, and these are three qualities sought after in a responsible, reliable dog. There are dual theories of its origin. Some say that Cardigan Welsh Corgis were crossed with Swedish Vallhunds. Another group assesses that they were bred with Schipperkes and Pomeranians. Most breeds' history can be traced, but the Pembroke is unaffiliated as far as that goes. It's never reticent or aggressive. Because of their orientation toward people, they should be kept inside around the family and incorporated into the family's activities. Its body is almost a 1/2 length longer than its height at the withers. It's a very long dog that resembles a Dachshund. They're boisterous and outgoing, but kind and pleasant too. They're eager to please, especially in public. They're sometimes cautious towards visitors.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi needs irregular brushing with a firm bristle brush, and watch for it extra carefully when it sheds twice a year. It is prone to glaucoma, cataracts, PRA, epilepsy, and various skin and skeletal ailments like Cutaneous Asthenia and hip dysplasia. Pembroke Welsh Corgis do excellent on the obedience show circuit, and they excel in agility, herding, and tracking.