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Pembroke Welsh Corgi 101- Dog Breed Info

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The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America (PWCCA) describes the breed's personality as "outgoing, alert, active, and very people-oriented," stressing the corgi's need to be "involved with your family or in some kind of work."

Like other dogs bred for herding livestock  the Pembroke Welsh corgi is very "intelligent and trainable, but they are also easily bored and do not do well if confined in the backyard with little human contact." The American Kennel Club (AKC) notes that the Pembroke Welsh corgi "responds well to training,” making the breed "an avid competitor in many dog sports, including conformation, herding and obedience."


These hardy dogs have a medium-length double coat that consists of a short, water-resistant undercoat and a longer outer coat. The PWCCA refers to it as a "shedding coat." Lindy Bezdek of North Texas Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fanciers puts it a little more bluntly, "They shed. A lot."

Common Health Issues:

As a true achondroplastic (dwarf) breed, according to the PWCCA, the Pembroke Welsh corgi is built like normal-sized dogs and thus avoids some of the health issues present in other small breeds. A study conducted by the PWCCA found that the most common issues to look out for in corgis are hip dysplasia, cancer, cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy.

Training Tips:

Pembroke Welsh corgis are known for their ability to learn quickly. However, training a well-behaved corgi takes a certain capacity for laying down the ground rules and sticking to them. "The breed is extremely food motivated, easy to housebreak, and needs to know their place in the pack," recommends Bezdek, who is also a rescue expert.

Be sure to go easy on those treats Multiple sources warn that the breed's love of food makes it prone to obesity. The PWCCA and Bezdek both recommend controlled feeding times to avoid obesity and bowl guarding.

Best Animal/Owner Match:

The AKC  notes that the Pembroke Welsh corgi "can adapt to a variety of living situations if given regular exercise." Bezdek agrees that the breed is very adaptable, but she emphasizes that finding the right match between dog and owner is crucial. "I would not recommend a corgi as a yard dog," says Bezdek, "They are too smart. They will get bored and get into trouble. They need to be with people."

Overall, the breed is "very friendly toward people and other dogs. As for cats, it depends on the individual dog," she adds. "Some are cuddlers, some independent, laid back or very active," Bezdek tells Paw Nation. That's why she recommends letting a reputable breeder or rescue person pick the right dog for your family. 

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