Pembroke Welsh corgi puppies come from a herding dog breed that started out in Pembrokeshire in Wales. One of two kinds of Welsh corgi breeds, with the other being Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Pembroke Welsh corgi puppies are famous for being preferred by Queen Elizabeth II. Probably the reason why the British royalty have preferred these dogs for over 70 years is because the Pembroke Welsh corgi is considered to be one of the most intelligent dogs around, ranking 11th in Stanley Cohen’s “The Intelligence of Dogs”. Their level of intelligence makes these dogs excellent as working dogs.
In terms of appearance, corgis in general are proportional to other dog breeds, with the exception of having shorter legs. Still, its short stature does not take anything away from its athletic build and sturdy appearance because it is still quick on its feet and is more than capable of herding livestock like cattle, sheep, and poultry. Along with a long body, Pembroke Welsh corgi puppies grow up to have naturally docked or bobbed tails and ears that are erect.
In terms of size, Pembroke Welsh corgis reach up to 12 inches tall from their feet up to the tops of their shoulders, with shoulder length pegged at about 40% longer compared to their height. When Pembroke Welsh corgi puppies reach between 26 and 30 pounds as adults, they are at the peak of their athletic condition for males, and between 24 and 28 pounds for females. By the time they are nine months, they reach their maximum height, but they will keep getting bigger until they fully mature at age two. Pembrokes are hearty eaters so they can reach weights of up to 40 pounds when you let them overeat. In order then to keep them in tip-top shape, exercise and portion control will truly help.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies and adults are very loving and affectionate and would gladly be involved in the family, having the tendency to follow their owners wherever they go. Since they are also eager to please their owners, they are easier to train, much of course to the joy of an owner. Aside from herding, Pembroke Welsh Corgis are also excellent as watchdogs because they are alert and yet they only bark when needed. To weed out aggression or anti-social behavior, it is important that your Pembroke corgi puppies be socialized as soon as possible. They like chasing anything that moves so best to keep your corgi behind fenced areas.
There are five allowable colors for a Pembroke Welsh Corgi to be categorized properly. These include:
- Red with/without white markings on legs and feet, between the eyes, muzzle, over the head, and around the neck like a partial or full collar.
- Red is the most common of the colors for Pembroke Welsh corgis as it is a dominant genetic trait.
- Sable plus white markings, like red but peppered lightly with black.
- Fawn plus white markings, like a lighter shade of red.
- Red-headed tricolor (black with a red head with white markings).
- Black-headed tricolor (black and red with red and white markings; also the most recessive of the colors).