Welsh Corgi Pembroke

Welsh Corgi Pembroke Breed description: Character & Co

Welsh Corgi Pembroke


PROFILE: Welsh Corgi Pembroke - origin, history & suitability.

The Welsh Corgi Pembroke originates from the county of Pembrokeshire in Wales. Its origins go back many centuries. It is often believed that the Corgi's ancestors were brought to Wales by Flemish weavers who settled there in the 10th century. Another theory is that the Vikings brought the ancestors of this small dog to Britain.

The breed gained special attention due to its close connection with the British royal family. Queen Elizabeth II got her first Corgi as a child and has always owned Corgis since then, which has increased the popularity of the breed tremendously.


The Pembroke is noted for its adaptability and intelligence. Here are some suitability notes:

  • Family Dog: The Corgi Pembroke is ideal for families as it is child-friendly, loyal and affectionate.

  • Working Dog: Originally bred as a herding dog, he still has a strong herding instinct. This makes him an alert and active companion.

  • Apartment Dog: Despite his working past, he is well suited as an apartment dog as long as he is given enough exercise and activity.

  • Therapy and Assistance Dog: Thanks to his intelligent and sensitive nature, the Corgi Pembroke is also valued in therapy work.


The Welsh Corgi Pembroke is not only a part of British history, but also a versatile and loyal companion. Whether in the family, in the field, or in therapeutic settings, he brings joy and commitment to any task. His compact size coupled with his energy and intelligence make him a perfect companion for many walks of life.

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Alternate Name -
Origin UK
Life expectancy 12 - 15 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level low
FCI group Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)
AKC group Herding Group
KC group not recognised

Basic features of the character

The Welsh Corgi Pembroke is known for his lively and friendly nature. Often described as a "big dog in a small body," he displays a strong character coupled with endless energy.

Important character traits at a glance:

  • Intelligence: It is one of the most intelligent dog breeds and learns very quickly. This usually makes training easy, but it also means he can be easily underchallenged.

  • Loyalty: Very affectionate and loyal, often forming a particularly close bond with one person in the household.

  • Activity: Despite his small size, the Corgi Pembroke has a high activity level. He loves to play, run and herd.

  • Alertness: He is an excellent watchdog and tends to look at strangers with skepticism until he is sure there is no danger.

Social Behavior and Interaction with Other Animals

The Pembroke usually gets along well with other pets, especially if he has grown up with them. However, his herding instinct may cause him to try to "herd" other animals or even people by nibbling on them.


The Welsh Corgi Pembroke stands out for his strong character, intelligence and loyalty. An active and alert dog, he needs both physical and mental stimulation. His love and devotion to his human make him a valuable family member. However, it is important to do justice to his intellect and energy level to ensure a harmonious coexistence.

Welsh Corgi Pembroke dog in winter landscape at sunset. Happy dog in snow

Coat care and general grooming

The Welsh Corgi Pembroke has a double coat that requires regular grooming.

  • Frequency of Brushing: At least once a week, the coat should be thoroughly brushed to remove dead hair and prevent matting.

  • Frequency of bathing: it is recommended to bathe the Corgi only when necessary to avoid stripping the natural oils of its skin.

Health aspects

Like all breeds, the Welsh Corgi Pembroke can have certain health problems:

  • Hip dysplasia: a common condition in many dog breeds. Regular exams and a healthy weight can help minimize the risk.

  • Eye disease: Some corgis may be prone to certain eye problems. Regular checkups with a veterinarian are recommended.

Breeding and choosing a puppy

When breeding the Welsh Corgi Pembroke, great emphasis is placed on maintaining the breed's standard and health.

  • Recognized breeders: it is strongly recommended to buy a puppy only from a recognized breeder who performs all health tests and attaches importance to the well-being of the animals.

  • Socialization: A well-socialized puppy will have had positive experiences with people and other animals at an early age.


The care and health of the Welsh Corgi Pembroke requires regular attention, especially with regard to the coat and potential health problems. When choosing a puppy, make sure the breeder is responsible and places importance on the health and socialization of the animal.

Pembroke Corgi sitting

The Welsh Corgi Pembroke is characterized by a short, dense, weather-resistant coat that can come in a variety of color tones.

  • Coat Structure: The coat consists of a dense undercoat and a coarse topcoat that protects it from adverse weather conditions.

  • Colors: Recognized colors include red, sable, fawn, black and tan, with white markings often appearing on the face, neck, legs and belly.

Visual Appearance.

The Welsh Corgi Pembroke presents as a small but powerful dog. His prominent, large ears and cheerful facial expression make him unmistakable. Despite his short legs, he is very agile and mobile.

Size & Weight

  • Size: The average shoulder height is between 25-30 cm.

  • Weight: An adult Welsh Corgi Pembroke usually weighs between 10-12 kg. Weight may vary depending on gender and individual differences.


The Welsh Corgi Pembroke is a compact, strong dog with a dense, weather-resistant coat. His color palette and friendly face make him a striking companion. It's important to watch his weight and make sure he gets a proper diet and enough exercise to stay in optimal shape.

Fur length medium
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Standing Ears
Tail short
Anatomy rugged
Size ♀ 25 - 30 cm
Weight ♀ 9 - 11 kg
Size ♂ 25 - 30 cm
Weight ♂ 10 - 12 kg
Suitable For Beginner, Children, Seniors
Puppies playing in the park
A corgi dog on blue background, a place for text. High quality photo
Welsh Corgi Pembroke dog in winter landscape at sunset. Happy dog in snow
  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.

  • Epilepsy

    Definition: Dog has epilepsy if, for example, at least two epileptic seizures occur more than 24 hours apart.

  • Eye diseases

    Often occur with allergies and intolerances.

  • Disc problems

    Herniated disc in dogs (discopathy). Herniated discs or dachshund paralysis cause dogs severe pain.

Sources and relevant links

FCI-Rassestandard (Deutsch)


Accessed on 17.03.2024


Accessed on 17.03.2024

DK (2023). The Dog Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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