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, 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.