The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an active and obedient breed. But how do you know whether you are ready to purchase a pet and if this breed is right for you? This information is absolutely necessary in making the decision to purchase a pet.
The origin of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi can be traced all the way back to 1107 A.D., where the breed’s ancestors were nurtured and loved by the Vikings.
Throughout its history, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has been most commonly used for herding and driving cattle by nipping as their heels. The breed was able to avoid being kicked and injured by the cattle due to its long body which sits low to the ground.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was introduced to the United States in the late 1800’s, and came into almost immediate fame as a show and companion breed.
Today, while the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has attained a popularity as a family pet and companion, the breed remains rather rare outside of Europe and the United States.
Best known for its outgoing and friendly nature, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi thrives on strong and dependable relationships with humans. These dogs are very intelligent and generally easy to train. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is very alert and somewhat territorial. As a pet, this breed is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate. These dogs are active and energetic, enjoying spending time outdoors and playing games such as fetch.
Due to its need for human attention and eagerness to be near its owner, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi generally responds well to basic training and commands. This breed is quite bright and has the ability to learn to perform most any task its trainer is willing to take the time to teach.
Establishing immediate dominance and trust is key to successfully training the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. These dogs respond best to a stern yet gentle approach by a confident and strong handler.
Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed
There are many benefits to owning the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, such as its no hassle, low maintenance coat. This active breed is always on the go, and often quite amusing and entertaining to watch while at play. When properly socialized from a young age, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi gets along well with small children and other pets, often making friends quickly. These dogs are very intelligent, easily trainable, and capable of learning to perform many impressive tricks and tasks. This breed is alert and aware of its surroundings, making an effective watch dog, announcing the arrival of guests and unwanted visitors. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate, making an excellent family pet and companion alike.
Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to owning a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. This energetic and athletic breed requires large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so. A Pembroke Welsh Corgi not receiving the proper amount of exercise and space will often act out by destroying property, chewing, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a strong instinct to herd and will occasionally indulge in a good chase. When on the run, these dogs are surprisingly quick, and may pose a threat to other animals, neighborhood pets, and small woodland creatures. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi must be leashed or properly secured at all times when outdoors.
Due to this breed’s herding instinct, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi may sometimes nip at the back of its owners ankles, as it to herd them. This habit can be broken with proper training.
Common Health Concerns
While the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is typically known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: hip dysplasia, degenerative disk disease and other back and spinal issues, progressive retinal atrophy, glaucoma, difficulty in birthing, obesity, and bloat.
Now that you know all about the breed, do you think you are ready to own a Pembroke Welsh Corgi? Remember, purchasing a pet is a big decision and should be discussed thoroughly and seriously with your entire family.