PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI
Low-set, strong and sturdily built, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi gives an impression of substance in a small space. He is one of the most agreeable small house dogs, as well as an avid competitor in many dog sports, including conformation, herding and obedience. The Pembroke Corgi is a separate breed from the Cardigan Corgi, possessing a shorter body and straighter, lighter boned legs. His ears are pointed at the tip and stand erect, and he has a short tail. The coat can be red, sable, fawn, black and tan with or without white markings.
Personality: Smart and alert, affectionate but not pushy, bold but kindly.
Energy Level: Very Active; A strong and athletic little dog, the Pembroke loves physical activity and is happiest when he has a job to do.
Good with Children: Better with Supervision
Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
Trainability: Responds Well
Height: 10-12 inches
Weight: up to 30 pounds (male), up to 28 pounds (female)
Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Training and Temperament
Pembroke's are very smart, sensitive dogs who respond well to training and mental challenges. As herding dogs bred to move cattle from one place to another, they are fearless, independent workers. A Pembroke without a job will often assign himself work, like herding children or his fellow dogs. They make excellent watchdogs, with acute senses and a “big dog” bark. Families who can meet the Pembroke’s need for activity and togetherness will never have a more loyal, loving pet.
Coat and Grooming
Regular weekly grooming with a brush and the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Energy and Exercise
He thrives on farms, but can adapt to a variety of living situations if given regular exercise. A strong and athletic little dog, the Pembroke loves physical activity and is happiest when he has a job to do. Basic obedience training is strongly recommended by the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America. This training is best when it teaches you how to teach your dog. The time you spend in training, especially during the first year of your pet's life, will be repaid many times over by giving you a well-behaved companion, one that is bonded to you and your family for the rest of his life. Pembroke's are seen in many areas of dog activities like obedience, herding, tracking and agility. They excel in all of these events and are still used as working cattle dogs and are loyal family companions.
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