An introduction to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi


Just how or when the Corgi came to be, no-one knows for sure. Welsh people know the sturdy little Corgi has been a familiar sight watching over cattle and guarding the homesteads in Wales for many centuries.

It is generally believed that their ancestry dates back to at least the tenth century. It is unknown whether they are descended from the Swedish Vallhund or from the ancestors of the present-day Schipperkes and Pomeranians that were brought to Wales by the Flemish weavers.

Corgis were recognised in the 1920s in the UK and, in 1934, the Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis were recognised by the English Kennel Club as separate breeds.

Daily care

Corgis require a proper diet and responsible medical care to ensure that they have a long and happy life. Proper care also includes regular exercise, grooming, and routine care of teeth and nails.

Please do not allow your Corgi to become overweight. A correctly-proportioned dog will live a longer, happier, healthier life. Pembrokes are great con artists. Don't believe them when they tell you they're starving immediately after a meal! Always feed a premium dog food in the breeder's recommended amounts and avoid table scraps and extra treats.

Your Corgi will accept any amount of exercise - he is built to work all day. He is an energetic dog and too much inactivity may cause him to dream up unacceptable activities to amuse himself!


Corgis aim to please and like to be busy. With active, intelligent minds, they quickly learn and eagerly approach a job that brings them praise.

A Corgi must be handled with clear, consistent commands, gentle firmness and lavish praise.

Training sessions should be brief, interesting and fun for the dog. The result will be a happier dog and one that is bonded to you and your family for the rest of his life.

To spay or neuter?

The breeding of dogs is a serious responsibility. Pembroke Corgis are not easy to breed and it is an old wives tale to believe that it is in the Corgi's interest to have puppies. Breeders and vets alike will tell you emphatically that it is not at all helpful or fulfilling for the bitch to have puppies. Whelping is a major event for the bitch and, even under the most careful conditions, it can lead to serious physical problems. Neutered animals are normally healthier and usually live longer than those not spayed or neutered.

Spaying a bitch while she is still young greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumours later in life and she will not suffer the danger of life-threatening uterine infections as she grows older.

Neutering a male removes the possibility of testicular cancer and it also lowers the risk of prostrate problems. A neutered male will generally be more tolerant of other males and if done when young, is far less likely to mark his territory.

The basic disposition of your Corgi will not be changed by spaying or neutering. Neither of these procedures turn your pet into a "fat and lazy couch potato". Overweight dogs are that way through incorrect feeding, too many snacks and not enough exercise.

Of the two breeds, Pembrokes have become the more popular and some owners have been tempted to breed them in a misguided effort to make a profit. If you are able to make a profit breeding and selling Corgis, you are not doing it with the care and concern you should be exercising!

Only quality Corgis should be bred by knowledgeable breeders in an effort to improve the breed.

And most important - remember to buy from a reputable breeder.

Breed Clubs

If you would like to join a group og breed enthusiasts who offer advice, have meetings, fun shows, Corgi walks, Christmas parties, etc. then please write to us and we will send you all the details of Corgi Clubs in your area and particularly, the Corgi Club of Gauteng.

See also:

~ Questions to ask a breeder
~ Questions a responsible breeder will ask you