Rothrock Farm Corgis
 

All About Corgis

        

Corgis are the smallest of the herding breeds.  They stand approximately 10 to 12 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 25 and 30 pounds.  Females are generally slightly smaller and weigh less than the males, but both genders are approximately the same in physical size. 

The Pembroke Welsh Corgis come in a variety of colors -- red, sable, fawn or black and tan.  They usually have white markings on their face and chest. Their black eyes and nose give them a sweet, loving expression.  Their coat is double, with a water-resistant outer layer and a soft wooly under-layer.  They need and enjoy a good grooming every week, but bathe them only when necessary to avoid removing the natural oils in their outer coat.

Corgis are playful and love to fetch and chase.  They are good with children who are able to understand and respect them.  Corgis enjoy traveling and being with the family, and are loyal and obedient dogs.

If socialized and introduced properly, Corgis will get along with other pets and dogs.  Male Corgis that have not been neutered tend to be more aggressive with other males, and care should be taken if there are any female dogs in season around.  Corgis do not realize their size, and will often be aggressive with much larger and stronger dogs -- so, they do need confinement and socialization.

Corgis bond strongly with their families, and are outgoing and active dogs -- they love human attention! Corgis do well in a smaller apartment environment, but need brisk walks at least two times per day.  Having a good supply of toys and activities inside will help them keep active.  Corgis do well in most environments provided they are sheltered in extreme heat or cold.

History

An old Welsh legend calls the Pembroke Welsh Corgi an enchanted dog.  They say that fairies and elves in Wales use Corgis to pull their coaches, work fairy cattle, and serve as  steeds for fairy warriors.  If you look closely with your eyes and your heart, you may, even today, see the marks of the "fairy saddle" in the coat of the Corgi over the shoulders!

Pembrokes are wonderful herding dogs and are used to work sheep and cattle.  They are also faithful family companions and guardians of the farm.  Their ancestry dates back to at least the tenth century, and they are believed to have descended either from the Vallhunds--Swedish cattle dogs possibly brought to Pembrokeshire by the

Vikings, or from the ancestors of the present-day Schipperkes and Pomeranians brought to Wales by Flemish weavers.

Corgis were recognized in the 1920s as pure-bred dogs in the United Kingdom.  Then in 1934, the Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis were recognized by the English Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club as separate breeds. 

Pembrokes are sensitive and intelligent dogs and easily trained, as long as training is done with gentle handling and without severe physical correction.  They are healthy, long-lived dogs and excellent companions for rural or urban families.

Daily Care

Pembrokes require and proper diet and regular medical care (annual vaccinations) for protection against diseases.  They thrive when given regular exercise, grooming, regular checks of their teeth, and toenail trimming.  Owners must guard against overweight--a thinner dog will live a longer, happier, healthier life.  Pembrokes have great appetites, but are best nourished with a good name brand feed (I recommend 4Health from Tractor Supply or Eukanuba).  Avoid feeding table scraps and extra treats.

Training

Basic obedience training is strongly recommended by the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America.  Training is best accomplished when it teaches you how to teach your dog.  The time you spend in training, especially during the first year of your pet's life, will be repaid many times over by giving you a well-behaved companion, one that is bonded to you and your family for the rest of his life.

This natural herder will take to "herding" naturally.  Be careful, however, not to allow the puppy or dog to begin herding people -- they do nip at the heels of whatever they are herding. 

Corgis are very agile and easily trained to compete in agility events, dog shows and exhibits.  Pembrokes appear in many areas of dog activities including competitions sanctioned by the AKC.  They are worked in obedience, herding, tracking and agility competitions.  Corgis are still used as working cattle dogs.