Breed Spotlight: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The first Corgis made their way to the show ring in 1925 and were exhibited as simply “Welsh Corgi,” lacking any distinction between the breed types. In that same year, The Corgi Club was founded. However, a difference of preferences for type caused a divide the in club. One group preferred the smaller, bobtailed Pembroke type, so fanciers of the Cardigan types started their own club. Each group worked on standardizing and further developing their own favorite type until the two varieties developed some distinction. However, it wasn’t until 1928 that the two types were distinct enough to be officially recognized as separate varieties of the same breed, and it wasn’t until 1934 that they were finally separated into two breeds by the recognizing kennel clubs. 

The first Welsh Corgis were imported to the United States. From there, the breed became an iconic symbol of royalty. Both varieties of the Corgi are bold, friendly, and easily adapt to any situation they find themselves in. They are excellent herders, nipping at the heels of their charges to get them to move on over with the herd. The fact that they’re low to the ground works for them as this enables them to get out of the way of the cattle’s hooves. They’re very smart and alert little dogs who need a job to keep them busy. Whether herding, catching vermin, guarding the house, playing with the adored family children or its own special toys, the Corgi enjoys its busy life.

Want to learn more about the Pembroke Welsh Corgi? Click here to read the full breed standard.

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