A favorite of the British royalty, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed of dog has its origin in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The breed was initially brought into Wales by Flemish and Viking weavers who came to reside in the area as far back as 1107 AD. This is one of the oldest herding breed of dog known and just like in the past, it is very efficient in herding sheep, horses, cattle and other domestic animals. While a mature female Pembroke Welsh dog weighs between 10 and 13 kg, a male weighs between 11 and 14 kg. Both grow to attain a height of between 10 and 12 inches tall when measured from top of the shoulders to the feet. This breed of dog has a life span of 15 years.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog can have a red, sable, black or fawn color. Regardless of color, white, red or black markings are common. The dog has a lot of hair and regularly shed the same at least twice in a year. Most dogs of this breed are usually born without tails, although some do have tails. This is a powerfully-built dog with a sharp muzzle with pointed ears. It is one of the dogs that are very easy to train.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a very affectionate dog that tries to be part of the family as possible as possible. It develops a strong attachment with its master will follow wherever its master goes. Owners brag about how loving and loyal their dogs are. Apart from herding, it is one of the most efficient guarding dogs due to its high sense of alertness and the fact that it only barks after sensing unusual activities around its environment. The dog needs to be kept in a closed area because of its tendency to chase after people and anything moving. This is certainly because of its herding instinct.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a descendant of the Siberian Husky that is known to have very minimal health problems. Most of its health issues are heredity. These include degenerative myelopathy and Von Willebrand’s disease. It is however susceptible to hip dysplasia.
Apart from visits to a veterinarian at least twice in a year, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog requires daily exercise. Walks and toys for play activities should be enough to keep the dog in good shape. Take a little time each day to take your dog for a walk or let him run around the yard. You might also try throwing a ball and letting it run after it. Feeding should be undertaken with care as the dog has a tendency to overeat and become overweight. Overfeeding a dog will not do your dog any good at all, so feed it only the recommended daily amount of food. Because of its dense hair, daily brushing becomes necessary. It is a good idea to bathe your dog about once per month to keep it clean and fresh smelling.