Originally bred to herd cattle, sheep, and horses, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an active and intelligent dog breed.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
According to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, it is believed that the Pembroke's ancestry dates back to at least the 10th century. It is unknown, however, whether they are descended from the Swedish Vallhunds that were possibly brought to Pembrokeshire by the Vikings, or from the ancestors of the present-day Schipperkes and Pomeranians brought to Wales by Flemish weavers.
2) Welsh Legend
Some say that the corgi is an “enchanted dog” favored by fairies and elves. At night the magical creatures would use the dogs to pull their carriages and be their steeds in battle. According to legend, the markings on a corgi’s coat suggest the faint outline of a saddle and harness.
With their short legs and long body, Pembroke Welsh Corgis don't need or want miles of running exercise. But they must have several daily walks and a fenced yard in which to stretch their legs and romp. Just as important as physical exercise is mental exercise, which means interesting activities to do. Corgis are intelligent herding dogs who like to keep busy.
4) Herding Dog
Don't let their size fool you, these dogs have been herding for decades! From the beginning, the Welsh used Pembroke Welsh Corgis as herding dogs, family companions, and guardians of the farm. Even today, these dogs are still expert herders. Many Pembrokes even compete in AKC Herding competitions.
5) Independent Mind
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are smart, but they do have an independent mind of their own (as do most herding breeds) and are not pushovers to raise and train. They can be manipulative or willful. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
Corgis drove large cattle by barking, darting in beneath their kicks, and nipping them on the heels. So it's no surprise that barking is an inherited trait. If you have close neighbors, you mustn't leave a Corgi outside, unsupervised. He will drive your neighbors crazy. To make matters worse, some Corgis have an intense, high-pitched bark that can set your teeth on edge.
7) Dwarf Dog
Or at least it might. The origin of the name "Corgi" is difficult to determine. Some say it combines the Welsh word "cor," which means to watch over or gather, with "gi," a form of the Welsh word for dog. Others have the interpretation that the word "cor" means dwarf, and combine that with "gi," you have dwarf dog. Either way, these certainly describe the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. And of course, the "Pembroke Welsh" part of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi name comes from the dog's origins.
Queen Elizabeth II has had over 30 corgis in her lifetime. Right now she has two corgis named Holly and Willow, as well as two dorgis (corgi/dachshund mixes) named Candy and Vulcan. The Queen met her first corgi when King George VI brought a male pooch home from a kennel in 1933. Named Dookie, the dog was an immediate hit with the future queen and her sister, Princess Margaret.
9) Chasing Instinct
As a farm dog, one of a Corgi's responsibilities was to drive away strange dogs from his own farm and flock. Accordingly, many Pembroke Welsh Corgis can be a bit pushy toward dogs and cats they don't know.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis shed a lot. You'll find hair all over your clothing and furnishings. Be sure you don't mind vacuuming!