The Welsh Corgi Pembroke breed is an expensive and rare breed, appreciated by dog lovers all over the world. Like their fellow Welsh Corgi Cardigan breeds, the Pembroke developed and formed in England. There is a legend that points to the otherworldly, fabulous origin of these dogs. Well, this amusing fairy tale sounds like this:
one evening, the children (brother and sister) were returning home from a walk and saw two small animals like foxes in an open field. Coming closer, they saw that they were not foxes at all, but small dogs, more precisely, puppies. They took adorable babies in their arms and carried them home. Puppies were distinguished by an unusual coat color, short legs, funny erect ears and marks on the back. Then dad and mom explained that these were not simple puppies, and that they had left them in the fairy field. According to the parents, the fairies used these animals to drag their carriages in the night sky, and sometimes they installed the saddle directly on the animal’s back, from which the marks appeared.
Of course, this is just a legend, a fairy tale, but there is also an official story that says that this breed appeared in England after visiting the Vikings. The Wallhund, or Swedish Cattle Dog, was brought to Wales by the Vikings around the 9th century, and most experts believe that the Wallhund was the progenitor of the Welsh Corgi. But there are opinions claiming that the breed originated from dogs brought by Flemish weavers.
Now no one uses this breed to graze sheep – given the cost of one dog, this would be a huge luxury. Well, or each of the sheep should have a golden fleece instead of regular wool. The breed is in favor of the family of Queen Elizabeth of England – Her Majesty is a fan of these lovely pets.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi are the smallest of the American Kennel Club’s cattle breeder group. Their coats can be fawn, bright red or sable, often with white markings on the limbs and all over their body, including the muzzle. Moreover, the shades of these colors differ from the standard “dog” ones. The head of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is similar to the head of a fox, ears are erect, longer than average. The tail is short, broken – this, by the way, is the main difference from the breeds of the Welsh Corgi Cardigan breed. The limbs are short, the physique is strong.
The Welsh Corgi Pembroke is a cheerful, friendly dog, has a high level of energy and is ready to go in search of adventure at any time. Due to their small size, these pets feel great in city apartments, however, the best place for them is a private house, where they have their own garden and the opportunity to walk along the green lawns in the area.
The Welsh Corgi Pembroke has a cheerful disposition – you will definitely not be bored with him. He often likes to be in the spotlight and amuse with his funny antics. In addition, a separate feature is the presence of various shades in their voices – these dogs express a huge amount of their emotions in this way.
Despite the open, good-natured nature of the welsh corgi, they can be quite independent, they like to understand the meaning and make decisions, because they are very smart and quick-witted animals. This is directly reflected in the methods of education and training that are required from the owner to achieve the greatest success.
This breed needs a lot of walks, loves activity, various games and outdoor activities. They perfectly perceive children, love various games and entertainment with them. Other pets are perceived normally if they do not see aggression on their part.
Strangers are treated well, without rejection or unreasonable aggression, but only if they do not perform a watchdog function. Yes, you heard right, welsh corgi can really be wonderful guard dogs, because they bark very loudly and are able to raise the alarm for any reason, and sometimes even without.
Accordingly, if they are aware of themselves in this capacity and see a stranger who is trying to climb over the fence, there will be no rest for the whole neighborhood. Moreover, the dog may even try to stop the intruder despite its modest size. In fact, they rarely use this function, because the breed is expensive and more likely to be elite. Rather, this dog is a wonderful companion for any family or lonely owner, it doesn’t matter.
The Welsh Corgi Pembroke breed can be trained in various teams, because they have excellent intelligence. Of course, basic commands must be mastered without fail, but you can not be limited to this.
It is important during the training process not to put pressure on your pet, at least if it does not really need to be done. And then, the pressure should be soft rather than rough. Corgis do not accept aggressive and inadequate owners. You need to have a great sense of humor and arm yourself with patience. By the way, since these pets love to eat, it is a good idea to motivate them with tasty treats.
The corgi coat needs to be combed out once or twice a week, and that’s enough. Always keep your dog’s ears clean, as their size tends to accumulate a lot of dust, especially when walking. But this must be done carefully, since their ears are a very sensitive part of the body.
The eyes should be cleaned of deposits daily. The claws are trimmed three times a month, and the dog is bathed at least once a week. Keep in mind that Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs love to eat and will be happy to overeat, and therefore are prone to obesity. Monitor your pet’s diet to avoid this.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed is prone to several diseases, namely:
- dysplasia of the hip joint is a hereditary disease;
- cataract – usually manifests itself in old age;
- cutaneous asthenia – also known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, dermatosparaxis, or dominant collagen dysplasia;
- cystinuria – usually manifests itself only in males;
- degenerative myelopathy – often misdiagnosed as a disc disease;
- epilepsy is a neurological disease, sometimes inherited;
- disease of the intervertebral disc – due to their long back, corgi are prone to spinal injuries;
- progressive retinal atrophy;
- retinal dysplasia;
- von Willebrand disease.