Pembroke Welsh Corgi | Dog Breed Guide

Pembroke Welsh Corgi | Dog Breed Guide

by Scritch

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is loads of fun in a small package. They are friendly, endlessly curious, protective and intelligent. Their herding instincts make them great for chasing the ball around the (fenced in) backyard. If you’re looking for a companion that follows you around everywhere you go and loves to chat, the PWC is your new bet friend.

Weight – Female: 22-29 pounds, Male: 21 pounds

Height: 10-12 inches

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Group: Herding group

Temperament: friendly, intelligent, bold, playful, feisty

Energy Level:

Ease of Training:

Grooming Requirements:

History and Personality 

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is perhaps the oldest herding breed in the world. They are thought to have originated in A.D. 1107, and brought to Wales by the Vikings. Bred to herd sheep, geese, horses, ducks, and cattle, these little dogs are all business. They need a lot of mental stimulation and a job to do. They were also the preferred breed of Queen Elizabeth of England, who fell in love with the breed and has owned over 30 Corgis.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is shorter in length than the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. They have triangular erect ears that sit atop a proportionate triangular head. Their faces resemble a fox. They have a long sturdy back, little stubby, sturdy legs, and they are famous for their big tush. They also have a very long coat that tends to shed.

Coupled with a flair for athletics and a drive for success, Pembroke Welsh Corgis are some of the most tenacious breeds around. They may be small, but on the inside, they feel like a big dog. They don’t stop short of herding other animals; they’ll be herding you and your family in no time. Even though they have small legs, they are a very fast breed and love to run around.

The PWC are natural born watchdogs, whether you want them to be or not. They don’t scare easily. They love to chat, too. Although they tend to get along great with animals in the home, they are wary of strangers (both on four legs and two legs).

These little companions are very loyal, love attention and affection, and will follow their owner around everywhere they go. They have a feisty side, too. Rough play is a favorite, which makes them not always suitable for families with small children. Young Corgis need to be trained out of nipping. 

Corgis aim to please and respond well to training, but like most working dogs, they need constant mental stimulation. They will get bored of regular “sit” and “stay” commands and are eager to learn more advanced tricks.


Pembroke Welsh Corgis need regular brushing. To look their best, they will need “blow outs” a couple of times a year. They do shed a lot, especially during the fall and spring seasons.

Energy Level

Corgis are herding dogs, bred to have energy that lasts all day. They can also be pushy with other animals and children. They need regular physical exercise, and regular mental exercise. They may fare better with a backyard where they can chase a ball and an opportunity for a mini obstacle course.

Health Concerns

  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Obesity

Pembroke Welsh Corgis can have quite a few genetic predispositions to the above diseases, so it’s very important to vet the bloodline of your potential future puppy. Remember to get regular check-ups and avoid letting your Corgi jump from high furniture, over eat, or under exercise. Pet insurance is recommended.