Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Overview

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are bright, sensitive, and exuberant creatures who respond well to people and are easy to train. They have a “big dog” bark but it’s part of their appeal as little herders, ready to respond to your needs and theirs. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are like big dogs disguised in a small breed. They want to do everything, all the time! Pembroke Welsh Corgis are built well, some might say sturdy, with their thick and muscular legs and deep chests meant for a hard day’s work. Queen Elizabeth’s chosen breed are not simply castle bound dogs—they love to be out and running around! 

Did you know that Pembroke Welsh Corgis were first offered to Henry I of Britain by Flemish weavers? The king invited these weavers to set up a familiar agrarian life in their new country and along with them came these short, stout little herders who would become the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Their colourings range from red to sable to fawn, including black and tan, and some have white markings. 

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are well-matched with families who can meet the abundance of energy they have. As fearless as these regale cattle herders are, Pembroke Welsh Corgis need to be provided with a sense of closeness and security. There is truly nothing more appealing than cuddling this furry loaf. 

Did you know?

Queen Elizabeth II’s first Pembroke Welsh Corgi, gifted to her in 1933, was named Dookie.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Intelligent Intelligent

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Service dog Service dog

  • Working dog Working dog

Popularity ranking**
10-12 in / 22-30 lbs (S)
Average lifespan
12-13 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

3-5 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2-3 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed Daily

Dog Food

Feeding your Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgis should get high-quality food but they aren’t particular to what is in their kibble. To ensure their luxurious coat stays shiny and soft, pick fish based dry food or add in a little bit of fish oil. Puppies will need to be fed three to four cups throughout the day, while adults can go down to two cups per day. Monitoring how much food your Pembroke Welsh Corgi gets (including those necessary treats during training!)  is important because obesity is a real health concern. It is also important to ensure Pembroke Welsh Corgis are properly hydrated. Clean water should be available at all times, doubly so during summer months and after vigorous activity.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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