Pembroke Welsh Corgis is the perfect example of a large dog in a small body. But unlike some other small breeds with similar mentality – Jack Russell Terriers may come to mind – the Corgi is less prone to aggression, destructive behavior, and hyperactivity. All in all, this is a nice dog with an excellent personality. Once well trained they are a pure delight, which may be why Queen Elizabeth II of England owns at least five of them.
In appearance, Pembroke Welsh Corgis are tall dogs with a very low ground clearance. They average ten to twelve inches (25 to 30 cm) in height, and between 25 and 30 pounds (11 to 14 kg). They have cute, happy faces, reminiscent of a reef, and their coats are soft, medium-long, and water-resistant. Corgi comes in tan, black, fawn, red, and sable colors. Those who want to own a Corgi should realize that they are engaging in a long-term commitment, as dogs often live for 15 years or more.
Depending on what authority you chose to believe, Pembroke Welsh Corgis is consistently ranked in the top ten to fifteen most intelligent dog breeds. This is a good thing, as long as the dog owner understands that smart dogs often need more attention and training than those with a lower IQ. Training and socializing should begin at an early age, as Pembroke Welsh Corgi thrives on such attention and is eager to learn. Failure on the part of the owner to take part in such activities, but can extract some of this playful pup is less admirable features.
For example, because of their intelligence, a Corgi can compete with its owner for dominance. It should be established early, cautiously, but firmly, that man is the leader of the flock. Also, being a shepherd dog, an untrained Corgi may decide to start shepherding visitors and children, sipping their heels and pointing them in the direction they choose. Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a good watchdog, but without training his innate suspicion of strangers can lead to over aggressive behavior. Also, untrained Corgis tend to be aggressive with other male dogs.
Far more often though, Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s positive traits far outweigh its negatives. These dogs are playful, obedient and very good with children. They are incredibly loyal and devoted to their owners, and ask for a little but love, care and attention. A Corgi is perfectly happy to live in an apartment, but it needs daily exercise. Such jaunts are an excellent time for obedience, which Corgi often seems happiest when presented with the challenge of learning new things.
In relation to health, the primary danger of Pembroke Welsh Corgis is obesity. This is a dog that will eat at every opportunity and it easily gains weight. Never let a Corgi become overweight. Because of its build-up, an overweight Corgi is prone to severe back problems and debilitating cases of osteoarthritis.