Nine years ago, my family adopted an adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgi. It was love at first sight; the small puppy stole our hearts with his excitability and playfulness. Just weeks after we met him, we brought him home and called him Chum.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are well-known for their attractive physical appearance. With their tall-standing ears and wedge shaped heads, the Corgi’s face is cute and fox-like. Its long, low body, small tail and dark eyes only add to the breed’s appeal. Personally, I fell in love with the Corgi’s coat colors. The shiny, medium-length coat may be “red, sable, fawn, black and tan.” Typically, the coat has white markings.
The Corgi is a very intelligent breed. They are known for their obedience and tend to be well behaved, even around children. These dogs are tough, excitable and active. They require a lot of play and walk time, but their devotion to their families is strong. In my experience I have found that the Corgi’s strong attachment to their family can lead the development of overprotective behaviors and extreme wariness of strangers. Consequently, I would recommend consulting with a dog training professional to curb the emergence of any aggressive behaviors. Also, keep in mind that Corgis are natural herders and guards; the Corgi is known to nip at heels and bark loudly and frequently.
If you are welcoming a Corgi into your family, it is important to keep an eye out for the various health issues that this breed frequently faces. While, the breed is okay for rural and apartment living, the breed gains weight easily if overfed and kept inactive. Also, glaucoma, arthritis and back disorders are common. Keep up regular activity and veterinarian visits and your Corgi will live a long, happy life (12-15 years).
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has become a favorite family pet. The breed has been around for millennia, but their origins are rather mysterious. There are a variety of legends and stories about how the Corgi came to be, but none are totally verified. One popular story is that the breed was brought to Wales by the Celts over 3,000 years ago where it served the people as cattle herders. One legend names the Corgi the “enchanted dog.” The legend places the breed in Wales in a time of fairies and elves. The dog is said to have served as herder of fairy cattle and steeds for fairy warriors.
As a Corgi lover, I can understand the magical attraction to the breed. Their adorable features, intelligence and sometimes human-like demeanor make for an entertaining and loving family member. I am grateful for the many years that Chum has been a member of our family and often think back on the many amusing things he does. With proper training and a loving, nurturing family, this dog is sure to win the hearts of those that love it. If you have questions about the breed and how to adopt a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, contact your regional Pembroke Welsh Corgi Chapters. These folks are dedicated to keeping the Corgi a popular pure-bred pet and will help you with the selection process.