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This week’s featured breed – Pembroke Welsh Corgi
There are two different types of corgis, the Cardigan and the Pembroke. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is thought to be younger than the Cardigan and may have been bred out of the Cardigan. Their ancestors are thought to be the Keeshond, Pomeranian, Schipperke, and the Swedish Vallhund. Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s were introduced by Flemish weavers to the Celts sometime in 1100 A.D. They are highly intelligent, loyal, and eager to please. Most Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s love children as well, but need to know that their owners are the pack leader and that they are below them in the pack order. The males are about 10 – 12 inches in height and weigh 25 – 30 pounds. The females are also 10 – 12 inches in height, but weigh between 24 and 28 pounds. You must monitor a Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s weight very carefully because any extra weight is very hard on their back. They are prone to PRA, glaucoma, back disorders, and gain weight very easily. Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s are naturally active, but can do fine in an apartment if taken for long walks daily. They usually live to be 12 – 15 years old. Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s were recognized by the AKC in 1934. They are a member of the herding class and were originally bred to drive cattle, hunt vermin, and guard farms. Their low stature helped them to be able to drive the cattle without getting kicked. They are a great little dog and make a wonderful family pet!
Ask us at Animal Central for more information on Pembroke Welsh Corgis or visit: www.dogbreedinfo.com/pembrokecorgi.htm
Dr. George Stroberg, DVM and Staff