Welsh Corgis Facts
Despite sharing a common name, there are two distinct types of Welsh Corgis, both with diehard supporters. Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis share common ancestors, but not geographic origins. As a result, some ancestors to each breed are different and have resulted in slight differences in appearance. At first glance, and even upon further inspection, it’s easy to identify a Corgi but not as easy to differentiate the two.
Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgis are born without tails. This should be a giveaway about the origins of a Corgi you come across. However, Cardigan Corgis have been known to have their tails docked, so it’s not a foolproof indicator. Pembrokes will also have smaller pointed ears when compared to Cardigans. In addition, the Pembroke Corgi tends to have a shorter and smoother coat.
Much of the Corgis history is up for debate and both sides seldom agree. Especially on which breed is superior. One thing we do know is that Corgis have been around for thousands of years, and they make a great pet. In this article, we’ll look more in-depth at the unique characteristics of both Corgi breeds and address which variation would be a suitable choice as a pet.
Welsh Corgi Size
Welsh Corgi size varies between Cardigans and Pembrokes. Since both variations are recognized as distinct breeds, there are distinct standards for each.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are the smaller of the two Corgis. At the withers, both examples should stand approximately 11 inches. However, the weight of Pembrokes is expected to not exceed 30 pounds, with 27 pounds being the ideal show weight. While Cardigan Corgis can acceptably weigh as much as 38 pounds. Oversized and toy Corgis can be found, but are not recognized as good examples of the breed. In fact, care should be taken with toy specimens as they are at higher risk of health issues.
Welsh Corgi Temperament
The temperament of Corgis is where the breeds do vary. Neither breed should be shy or aggressive.
Pembroke Corgis tend to be more courageous and fearless, making them a better watchdog. They are more alert and active, stemming from their herding background. The Pembroke Corgi was a farmer’s greatest asset, working hard in the fields and often being trusted to guard children.
Cardigan Welsh Corgis, on the other hand, are more affectionate and devoted. Though they also come from herding lineage, they were bred to be gentler with meeker livestock. Their gentle disposition and affectionate nature make them the ideal choice, between the two, for families.
Welsh Corgi Personality
Every dog and every breed has a unique personality. The Welsh Corgi temperament is not a rule set in stone and it temperament characteristics don’t mean that Pembrokes aren’t a good family dog. The most important thing to look for when selecting a Welsh Corgi puppy is personality. Look for a puppy that exhibits the fundamental characteristics of the breed. Don’t take pity on the shy dog, or the runt. Find a lively, curious, outgoing, friendly, and inquisitive puppy. Remember it’s easy to train away bad behaviors, but a Corgis personality isn’t likely to change.
Do Welsh Corgis Shed?
Corgis do shed heavily twice a year as they prepare for summer heat and the winter chill. Outside the necessity of brushing during heavy shedding times, Welsh Corgi grooming is simple and straightforward. Regardless of the Corgi breed, grooming requirements are minimal. Regular brushing helps keep their coats soft and clean but isn’t mandatory. A bath is only necessary to remove odors or heavily soiling. So, unless a Corgi decides to roll in a mud puddle or gets sprayed by the neighborhood skunk, Corgis are relatively maintenance free.
Welsh Corgi Training
Regardless of the breed, whether Pembroke, Cardigan or Rottweiler; training is one of the most important parts of being a dog owner. Many owners think that because they select a breed with high intelligence they don’t have to train. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Intelligent dogs are often more destructive because they become bored easily. Corgis are no exception.
The breed is known for their will to learn, so owners should tap into that will sooner than later. Corgis require regular exercise and can do well in apartment life if adequately walked. When training, it’s important to avoid repetition. Corgis are easily bored and will lose interest in training if they fail to see the point of their owners requests.
The Welsh Corgi survived for thousands of years because of usefulness and companionship. They make great pets and are hard working dogs. At Hello Puppies we have Corgis for sale because we know they make great family pets. We also select our Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis from the best rescue partners in the US, so you know you’re going to get a healthy and happy Corgi. If you’re thinking about adding a Corgi to your life, take our perfect puppy quiz to see if they are a good fit for your unique lifestyle and personality. If you have any additional questions, contact us. We are always happy to help find the right dog for you, no matter what breed you’re looking for.