He is one of the most agreeable small house dogs, as well as an avid competitor in many dog sports including conformation, agility, herding and obedience. The Pembroke Corgi has a short body and straight, light-boned legs. His ears are pointed at the tip and stand erect, and he has a docked tail. The coat can be red, sable, fawn, black and tan with or without white markings.
The Corgi from Pembrokeshire is a breed of considerable antiquity. The direct ancestors of the Pembroke were brought across the Channel in 1107 by Flemish weavers at the request of King Henry I. They needed a smart herding dog for cattle and sheep that wouldn't eat them out of house and home. The early progenitor is said to have had a resemblance to the old Schipperkes, and sprang from the same family that includes the Keeshond, Pomeranian, Samoyed, Chow Chow, Norwegian Elkhound and Finnish Spitz.