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The Welsh Corgi may have gotten its name from the Welsh word, corrci, which means dwarf dog. There are two closely related varieties, the Pembroke and the Cardigan (see Cardigan Welsh Corgis). The Pembroke is easily distinguished from the Cardigan because of Pembroke's short tail and it's shorter length than the Cardigan. The belief is that the Pembroke came to Pembrokeshire, Wales, with Flemish weavers in the early 12th century. The Pembroke was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936.
The Welsh Corgi is affectionate, loyal, friendly, and good with children. They are natural herders who herd by nipping the heels of cattle. Because of their stamina and efficiency in working, they became a popular working dog for driving cattle to market. The Pembroke is well known because of their long-time popularity with the British Royal family. It is loyal, loving and a good obedience dog.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi head is fox-like with medium-sized erect ears that are slightly rounded at the tip. Their eyes are medium in size, round and brown in color. The Pembroke's coat is medium length and may be red, sable, fawn or black and tan in color. They have a distinctive white bib, as well as white paws, white around the muzzle and often a white blaze between the eyes. The Pembroke is sometimes born tailless but may have tails of varying lengths. These are left natural in Britain but are docked in the United States. The legs are short and strong. The average height of the Pembroke is between ten and twelve inches and weigh between 24 and 28 pounds.
The topline is straight. They have a smooth and free gait with the legs tending toward converging as the dog moves at a faster pace.
firstname.lastname@example.org of Giddings, TX writes:
Intelligent and loving versatility.
I've owned different large breeds over the years (including show-quality Great Danes), and worked for a large and small animal veterinarian for over four years, so I've been exposed to a wide variety of dog breeds. I had been interested in Pembrokes for twenty years before I finally broke down and got my first one. She was the perfect addition to my household, with all the horses, Danes and cats. She made herself at home immediately and charmed us all. She was very easy to housebreak and never chewed on anything she shouldn't, and she became the perfect indoor/outdoor pet. She never met a stranger (except for my one anti-social housecat) and even won over my father, who has been extremely sick and can't be around large or active dogs. My brother's Terriers were too hyper, energetic and yippy, but my Corgi always had her halo on when she was around my frail father. Everyone who met this dog commented on how sweet, smart and wonderfully well-behaved she was, and everyone wanted to keep her. She was a fantastic housepet, walking partner, barn dog, and traveling companion. She even "imprinted" my 2002 colt by spending all of her time with it, and licking it's face every time it laid down. I only had her for a year before she managed to get out of the backyard and disappeared. I'm sure whoever found her, got attached instantly and hasn't given her back. There is now a huge void in my life even though she wasn't with me as long as my other pets. I am getting another Corgi pup soon. Life is much more colorful and entertaining with a Corgi in it. I can only hope this new pup is half the character the first Pembroke was. I'm convinced that Corgis are one of the most versatile and easy to train dogs available, not to mention intelligent and comical. If anyone finds my black-headed, tri-colored girl, I'd love to get her back.
Name withheld by request of Burlington, WI writes:
The sweetest, smartest dog I have ever owned.
My Corgi baby is now nine months old. She is very intelligent. She responds very well to verbal commands. In my family of three she is most definitely my dog. She would jump through fire if I asked her to. She plays very well with my four-year-old son. She is his best friend. He won't go from room to room in my house without her. They play very hard for hours every day. She is also very affectionate. She loves to cuddle and snuggle. She will jump up on my lap and push her cheek against mine in the sweetest little hug.
The only negative thing I have found is she can be very verbal when there is too much action in the house. If my husband and son start to wrestle she will bark non-stop until they stop. And she will nip at my husband in her very valiant attempt to protect my son. She always protects him, even when I get involved with the wrestling. She is my dog, but she protects my son, always. It's very endearing. However the barking does get to be annoying. She never barks at cars or neighbors or garbage trucks ... the usual offenders with verbal dogs. So if your household is calmer than ours is you may never hear yours bark. If you are looking for a great companion dog who is smart and loving, a Corgi may be the dog you are looking for.
Hallielynn01@hotmail.com of Largo, FL writes:
My husband and I had been doing our research, finding every thing we could to read on Corgis, going to the shows, and talking to breeders. Finally, the day came and we had our perfect little baby. He's eleven weeks old today, and came to school with me. I'm going to school to learn dog grooming. He had his first experience on the grooming table and was the quick little trooper. He spent the rest of the day playing with some Whippets, not understanding they were bigger and faster than he is. All eight pounds of him! I would recomend a Corgi to anyone who wants a fun dog with a big heart but not the size of a larger dog. They are a beautiful and unique breed. Good luck to those thinking of buying, and like this website says, buy ONLY from a GOOD and EXPERIENCED breeder, and please, don't breed to just breed or make money. Do it ONLY for the betterment of the breed!
Turtelo002@aol.com of Pompano Beach, FL writes:
I adopted my Pembroke Welsh Corgi two years ago. She is the most intelligent, fun, loving, happy companion anyone could ever own. I will always have a Corgi in my family!
JoKaldyCooper@aol.com of Maryland writes:
Find a reputable breeder or you could be sorry.
I got my first Corgi several years ago. She was so great that I soon got a second ­p; a male. I'm sorry to say that I didn't check out the breeder or the dog's history. The dog was five months old, very cute and sweet, so I took him home. Within a month, he was picking fights with my female Corgi, often bloodying her ears. He was sweet and loving with me but very shy with strangers, especially children. At six months, he lunged at a little girl who tried to pet him. I had him neutered and took him to obedience school (he did terribly). He just got increasingly aggressive as he got older. I had to keep him on a leash in the house when there were visitors. He terrified my ten-year-old nephew, snarling and lunging at him. I had to keep him on a short leash in public ­p; he would snarl and lunge at people indiscriminately. I just couldn't trust him. Earlier this year, he bit a friend and attacked my cat, almost killing him. I finally was forced to find a new home for him. Fortunately, I found a wonderful retired couple who live in the country, have experience with Corgis, and were willing to take him despite his problems. They love him, even though he continues to be a handful. I still have my other Corgi ­p; she is sweet and loving. I miss the male. I loved him dearly, and he was never anything but sweet and loving with me and my elderly mother who lives with me. But I live in a neighborhood with lots of children and he was just too dangerous and unpredictable. I love Corgis and would get one again. But I strongly suggest that for this breed or any other, research, visit, and interview breeders. Insist on meeting a puppy's parents, and look for signs of aggression. I saw the signs early and thought that I could handle them through training and love. I was wrong, and I lost one of the best friends I ever had. So, please, know what you're getting and be realistic about what you can handle.
email@example.com of Kentucky writes:
Friendly, obedient and self-training
Our family bought a Pembroke Welsh Corgi when we went to just look at a litter. We have a 37-pound male that is friendly, loves kids, won't leave the yard, and can be walked (under verbal commands) without a leash. Kids in the neighborhood won't walk their own dogs, but come by to walk their buddy Marley. If you want a smaller dog with a big dog attitude look no further. The only drawback I can see is that they shed. A weekly brushing will help keep the loose hair down.
firstname.lastname@example.org of Chicago, IL writes:
So much fun, like potato chips, one isn't enough!
What can I say? I wanted a big dog, but living in a big city, in a condo, it wasn't feasible or fair to the dog. Small dogs annoy me - too yippy and prissy. The Pembroke was a perfect match - he's on the smaller side (about 25 pounds) but has a big dog attitude. Mine is super sweet, and was a bit shy at first. I think he might have been bullied by his littermates. Within a week of coming home with me, he was NOT shy at all. I was quite strict with him and very consistent with potty training (he went out at 6am, 8am, 12pm, 5pm, 7pm, 10pm) and after about three weeks I have to say he was perfectly trained. No accidents in over two months - very good in my book. Much credit to my fantastic breeder; she won't allow puppies to go home until at least twelve weeks, which gives them a great start on potty training and gets them very well socialized with their littermates. I must say this made a world of difference. The first night he came home, he went right into his crate (she crated him a week before I picked him up) and slept through the entire night without a peep. Nobody believes me, but he's NEVER had an accident in his crate. I have two cats, and he pretty much left them alone for the first few weeks; gradually, one cat began to approach him to play and now they play all the time, he still leaves the other cat alone. He takes his cues from them - very fantastic. He LOVES to run and play, and while I have no yard, one longer walk daily or trip to the park seems to do the trick. If the weather is nasty he's equally satisfied with just running around my place like a crazy dog for about ten minutes. All in all, everyone who sees him falls in love. They are truly a one of a kind dog.
email@example.com of Ohio writes:
A compact bundle of fun.
I did a lot of research before I got my Corgi. I wanted a smart dog that was good with kids and other dogs, one that would listen, and I didn't care what it looked like, but I did NOT want a lap dog. I chose the Corgi because it fit my criteria and it was a cattle dog , which saved her from lap dog status ­p; it's a nice bonus that she's as cute as dogs get. At first she was a bit hyper, and she still is when we get going on the playing, but when she sees that I'm tired she gives me my space ­p; very intuitive dog. In the yard she barks at anything and everything that comes near, but when I take her for a walk she is quiet and reserved. She isn't perfect on walks, but she does not bark outside of her territory. That pleasantly surprised me, as I did not take her on walks around people for awhile because I figured she would bark at everything she saw. Everyone will tell you how smart these dogs are, and I have to echo it. At first I didn't think so, because she took awhile to potty train ­p; I was lazy and she
as stubborn AT FIRST. Once we got to be good friends though, she took off on the learning and now she picks up on things quickly. I think that's the trick to Corgis. You make friends with them, get to know them and let them know you, and they will do anything for you. A lot of people say they need a lot of space, but we play fine in my small house. That, and two walks a day, seems fine for her. You don't need the room, but you do need to take the time if you don't have the room.
I'll try to think of some bad for you tweeners: They shed more then some people on the internet seem to admit. They DO bark, which is good for a guard dog, but buggy for a quiet person. I wouldn't go so far as to call them yippy. I like having an energetic dog, but some don't. They're small and cute, but they are working dogs and need some exercise. They follow you everywhere in the house, and sometimes get in your way. She can't do much about the shedding, but she is improving in every way she can. Like I said, they're smart dogs. In closing, the way they lay on their backs and play is simply hilarious! Once you see that you'll want one, but please don't buy one if you're not going to let them have fun. They are FUN dogs with a sweet side, friendly to all, and a damn good friend.
Name withheld by request of Texas writes:
The greatest dog you could ever own.
I have a male that I have owned for three years and he has been a wonderful companion to me and my family. He is just like one of the children, yet better. He is great at obeying and is very sensitive to everyone's feelings. He does require a walk or a game of catch at least three times a day and he sheds quite a bit, but you couldn't ask for a better dog!
Name withheld by request of USA writes:
An amazing dog.
I have always been a cat person but decided at the age of 40 it was time for a dog. I picked a PWC because it was a big dog in a small package. From the day I met my pup, I fell madly in love. He loves everyone he meets, but he shows his Napoleon complex when he meets a new dog. Easy to train, not too clingy, he is the perfect companion. I sometimes think about getting a second dog, but I can't imagine a better dog than the one I have ­p; even if it were another PWC. I've learned to live with the fuzz bunnies and to ignore his big brown eyes trying to convince me he is starving! His favorite activities are chasing the cat and playing in the water hose. A smart, sturdy, intelligent dog.
Name withheld by request of New Jersey writes:
The best dog you'll ever meet.
I have owned my dog for four years. She is the best dog I have ever owned. She is very intelligent, very loyal, and very amusing at any time. They do need exercise and love walks around the neighborhood. This is a good dog for someone who wants a very loyal and lovable companion.
Name withheld by request writes:
Best dog for a family with kids.
I didn't even know about this breed. But now I would never live without one. Housebroke easy, good with kids, good with other dogs and cats, happy all the time, good health, small, short hair, sweet and easy to take a bath (loves water). I took mine to a local training class and would recommend this, as I learned more than the dog. I can understand why people love them so, like the Queen and Princess Di. This little dog is also really tough, like they say, "A big dog in a little dog's suit." I would highly recommend this dog to a family with kids, as you do not have to have such a big backyard to have this breed. Also, guys, it is not prissy or fe-fe, just a tough little dog.
firstname.lastname@example.org of San Diego, CA writes:
Most intelligent dog in the world.
When my partner and I were discussing which breed of dog we wanted to bring into our lives, we did a lot of research, including visiting some different breeders and actually seeing dogs. Our decision to go with a Corgi was a good one. Once we decided on a breed though it was a little more difficult to actually find one. Corgis are very much in demand. Luckily we found a wonderful kennel, and they had an eleven-month-old male that they had originally intended to keep to show, but he simply didn't want to be a show dog. They told us that if we were interested, they would be willing to place him with us. Of course once we met him, we had to have him in our life. This is our first experience with a Corgi and it certainly will not be the last. I have never had the experience of ever having such an intelligent dog to share life with. He is so smart. We swear he speaks English. He really wants to please, but he would love to run the household if he were allowed to do so. He's very much an alpha dog and sometimes he has to be redirected. He does talk, but it's not that loud and my partner and I think it sounds a lot like Wookie talk from Star Wars. He's actually very quiet and barks only when someone is around who doesn't belong here. He loves the ocean, the first time we took him to Dog Beach, he ran into the surf. He swims on a daily basis. He literally jumps into the water and goes for a swim. He is very loyal and does want to please us. We have never formally obedience trained him, but he does whatever we tell him to do. We can tell him to go sit by the stairs and wait for us and he will. We have never had any problems with him, no health problems, no training problems, no housebreaking problems. If you aren't comfortable being the boss, however, an alpha Corgi may not be the dog for you. Plus they need a lot of attention, they want to be an active member of the pack and they simply aren't happy without interaction. The other drawback is that Corgis are completely and totally food motivated. They will eat absolutely anything and everything they come across. You cannot be weak-willed and own a Corgi. You have to be able to keep their caloric intake limited, otherwise they will blow up like a balloon. All in all I can't imagine a better dog. He just wants to be with us wherever we go and whatever we do. He's a great companion!
email@example.com of Georgia writes:
Clever, loyal, loving, and stubborn with a sense of humor.
We have two Pembroke Welsh Corgis in our home and there is never a dull moment. I adopted one two years ago when he was four months old. He has always been a gentle little soul. He goes to work with me everyday at our store. His job is to greet all customers when they enter through the door. He is an excellent employee as he is friendly and never aggressive. When children are a little wild he quietly comes behind the counter and lays down. His favorite sport is swimming. Would you believe a dog with such short legs loves the water? Well, it is true! Every morning and evening we walk down by our creek and he just has to jump in to chase dragonflies or butterflies or even an occasional stick drifting downstream. This breed needs exercise not only for fun but to maintain a good figure as they love to eat! He is so clever that he has figured out what time to visit next door to steal a little food from his neighbor dog on our way to the creek if I am not looking.
We adopted another Corgi this past June. He was nine months old and a real wild man. His previous owner said he was just too much dog to handle. When we first got home he tried his best to run the household and almost succeeded. With help from a kind and wonderful trainer he graduated from obedience school! He is extremely intelligent and intuitive. He can sense what you are going to do before you act on it. He is very loving and loyal. He reacts wonderfully to positive reinforcement and a lot of attention. Occasionally, he acts like a rebellious teenager and will talk back and see if perhaps he might be able to get away with something. We just remain firm and calm when reprimanding him, and then he responds positively. Praising him over and over for his good behavior always seems to bring a smile on that darling little face ­p; he really does want to please.
This is a wonderful breed and I am convinced that I will always have Corgis. They are so intelligent, a bit headstrong or stubborn, loving and unbeliveably loyal and funny. They both on a regular basis will take turns "herding" me along, and if not herding they are doing their best to make me laugh.
Name withheld by requst of Anchorage, AK writes on 8/17/01:
Got to be part of the pack.
My Corgi is well socialized because he went to work with me every day until he was 11 months old. We always keep the dog with us when at home now; we never lock him in the backyard while we are in the house; we do not keep him behind a fence that he cannot see through. We reprimanded him with a water pistol when he barked at passerbys; now he no longer barks at our neighbors and they notice that and like it. He still verbalizes during play and when he wants to go out and has a wide variety of remarkable little noises. We also trained him to pee on command, which makes standing in the snow less of a chore. This breed is a great dog for people who really like living with a dog close at hand.
firstname.lastname@example.org of New Jersey writes on 3/11/01:
This dog can be very good, but we got a dummy.
I have a 10 month old Corgi. He is dumb. We had relatives over for a week, and he was scared of them and barked at them every 10 seconds. We let him have the run of the house, then he chewed a hole through two of our carpets. Two months later we came home from being out to dinner and gave him a bone from a steak, i went to throw it away after he chewed on it for 2 hours, and he growled and nipped at me. Wanna trade dogs?
Name withheld by request of Washington, DC writes on 11/30/00:
Stubborn but lovable,
We have 7 year old female Pem who came to us just a year ago. She was a country dog and is now a city dog and has made the transition well. She does like to herd the other dogs in the neighborhood is she gets a chance. She also tries to keep our 2 cats in line which can lead to some middle of the night barking. She does need her exercise and gets a little excitable if she doesn't get it, and of course will eat anything (even picks tissues out of the trash and gobbles them up-gross). She makes a good city pet for our very small townhouse and does just fine as long as she gets 2 walks a day or on rainy days we play inside with her ball (a total of 30-45 minutes of walking and playing a day). Also, she doesn't like the rain or getting wet in general but loves to play on the beach in the sand which really surprised us.
email@example.com of Johnstown, OH writes on 11/6/00:
Easy to live with, loyal and amusing.
Our Corgi is one now, and we've had him since he was 10 weeks old. He is a little stubborn, but patience and kindness coupled with lots of positive reenforcement have combined to produce a fine dog. He is intensely loyal, but not needy or fawning. The morning greeting I get from him alone is worth having him for! Corgi's have a sense of humor. Sometimes, they "talk back" when you tell them something they don't like - don't give in to them - stand your ground, patiently and and they'll obey. They really do want to please you - I think sometimes they just need to vent. They are intelligent dogs, but ours was a little hard to housebreak - but I'm comparing him to a Doberman and a German Shepherd. He is friendly to everyone, not a barker but an ankle-nipper when excited. He is easily directed away from this. Corgi's are great fun to bring places- they get along with everyone and everything. Corgi's aren't lap dogs - they're "at your feet dogs." Contrary to what we've read, ours is very lazy! Ours is an easy keeper. Do your homework, and make sure the parents aren't hyper or barkers or of unsound temperment or health. The right Corgi is worth the trouble to find.
firstname.lastname@example.org of Tawas City, MI writes on 10/2/00:
The most willing dog...
My sister raises Pembroke Welch Corgis and for years, I could not understand her interest in these dogs ... until I started spending time with them. I now own one of her pups (a bouncing 2 year old now) and I am enamoured with the breed! I call him a "one timer," continually amazed that he only has to observe me do something once and he immediately mimicks the action. Corgis are loyal and very loving dogs, and it is rare to find one that does not get on well with children. A word to the wise ... their intelligence enables them to learn quickly, as I said, and therefore it requires some forethought when you interact with them - they will also pick up bad behavior as quickly as good behavior. This breed is a joy, despite the year 'round shedding, but they do require much attention. They enjoy learning new things and get bored quickly when your attention is diverted elsewhere. I own a small farm and my dog herds everything in sight, with great zeal! I recommend running room because these dogs have an abundance of energy wrapped in this small package. They love interaction, exercise, and affection ... and regular bathing and brushing.
Name withheld by request of Kona, Hawaii wrotes on 8/25/00:
The smartest dog in the world!
My Pembroke is 8 now and still going strong. She has been the best pet I have ever had, due to the fact that Corgi's are so intelligent. They will rule you, if you don't set them straight from the beginning. She has always been so good; never chewed on furniture, housebroke herself, has never been too agressive, although she is an excellent watchdog. She tends to put on weight if she gets too much table food; I only feed her once a day. No medical problems yet, which is also amazing. I will never be blessed with such a perfect dog again, so I'm going to appreciate her every single day! She is everyone's favorite dog; what a personality!
email@example.com of Florida writes on 6/16/00:
Don't let their size "stump" you!
I've had my stumpy pumpkin for about 5 years now. I got her from a Corgi rescue when she was 2 years old. She came home with me already housebroken, spayed, and afraid of loud noises and large sticks. She's over the sticks now, but still jumps at a loud noise. I couldn't have asked for a better dog! She's smart, has a huge personality, independant and loyal (unless the other somebody has something to eat). Corgi's are easily fattened up (as demonstrated when I lived with my dad, she became a cow and pondered how to herd herself) and will willingly let it happen. She loves everybody, even after enduring abuse from her previous home and my ex-stupid (when I wasn't home). If there weren't any physical scars (and cataracts and crooked legs from the ex) you'd never know that she'd ever been in a bad situation. She's great with kids, other dogs and finds cats to be great "tag" mates. I just wish I could do something about that food fetish! She eats dry prescription kibble, and carrots and apples as treats. She's lost weight since I've moved from my dad's (and in with 2 other dogs) but she added a couple of pounds when she went on "vacation" to my mom's house. She hasn't lost her ability to be the happiest hair covered Twinkie (or school bus, if you ask my roommate) in Florida though!
firstname.lastname@example.org of New York, NY writes on 6/14/00:
Can learn to be city dogs.
My little Pembroke is an amazing dog. He has definitely adapted to a city life. He loves to hop into yellow cabs, run through Central Park, chase after pigeons and horse-drawn carriages and even acquired the ability to keep pace with other New Yorkers with his short stubby legs. He loves people and where else can he just sit on a street corner and have dozens of people flock to him. Corgis are rated as one of the best apartment dogs, however the downside is that they do like to bark. I found that if you live in an apartment, it is extremely important to entertain the Corgi during the day. The Busta-Food Cube and the Kong are great "thinking" toys for them and having an enormous window for them to look out of helps a lot. He enjoys the Discovery channel (especially animal documentaries) and he would not be placated unless we leave it on for him during the day. Fabulously versatile, corgis are incredible dogs that could adapt to any environment given the proper emotional interaction and physical exercise.
email@example.com of Australia writes on 6/14/00:
We owned a female for the past ten years. This dog came from an excellent heritage and was a wonderful companion to us. An excellent watch dog but exceptionally friendly and loved everbody who came into the yard. Would eat almost anything given to her, fruit, vegetables, meat, dog biscuits. Never fed her cooked meat once she matured. Use to hate the weekly bath until you placed her in the tub, then she would stand or lay in the water until finished. She developed a tumor in her stomach which was removed, within four years another tumor formed in her nose and we had her humanly put down rather than have her exposed to unnecessary surgery which may not have been successful. Have just purchased another pup from another breeder, so life will recommence.
Penguin63@hotmail.com of North Dakota writes on 5/15/00:
My best friend,
I have a Pembroke Welsh Corgis that my family and I have loved ever since the day we got her. I must admit that she is a bit hyper but is to be expected. She's a beautiful dog and the best friend I've ever had. She knows whens something is up. She is right next to you when you cry. She protects us, she loves us, and she has a lot of fun with us. We wouldn't trade her for the world and I know she feels the same.
firstname.lastname@example.org of Noblesville, IN writes on 4/25/00:
Entertaining family dog that adapts easily.
I have had my Pembroke Welsh Corgi for two years, and I already know that I will never be without one. She keeps my husband and three young children entertained with her silly antics. She is very affectionate, but is not in constant need of attention. She loves everybody! Strangers, other dogs, and cats, are all her best friends. She is very adaptable too. She handles large crowds of people and lots of activity as well as when it's just her and me for the weekend. We have not been able to break her of herding the kids in the backyard or putting her mouth on them, which might startle someone who didn't know she wasn't trying to hurt them. She will do anything for food, and her food intake has to be carefully monitored. She was easily housebroken, rarely barks, and learned many tricks quickly. If allowed, I think many Pembrokes are smart enough to run the household, and is probably not a great dog for someone who can't say no. She is truly the love of my life, and would make a great dog for anyone who wants a flexible, loving, family dog that will keep them laughing all of the time.
email@example.com of Upper Bucks County, PA writes on 4/19/00:
Perfect big little dogs.
I'm a lifelong doglover and had my first Pembroke experience as a "sitter" for a Corgi whose family trusted her with me rather than boarding her in a kennel. What a wonderful opportunity to get to know and enjoy a small dog with a big dog sensibility. Bright, affectionate and playful, this bundle of energy determined immediately that a middle aged Shepherd was "her" playmate while the docile old Chocolate Lab was best left to napping. After carefully researching breeders, I became the proud parent of a redheaded tri Pembroke in 1995. In addition to her beautiful topline, she displays all the lovable traits of a sound and happy Corgi, including the distinguished (?) upsidedown pose of Corgi
cockroach, feet in the air. She still enjoys her older "sister" (that same Shepherd) as well as a Bichon for games of tag around the house and outside. Her distinctive 3-note "honk" is her way of telling us
1) I'm hungry 2) I need to do my business or 3) do something,anything, more interesting than what you're doing at the moment. Her bark is reserved for the neighbor's Rottweiler, a sweet but big dog. She allows me to care for her and repays us many times over. No "dumb" owners for these dogs; Pembroke Corgis demand and deserve intelligence.
SantaALA@aol.com of Louisiana writes on 3/30/00:
Nothing more than fun loving and playful.
We have owned a Pembroke Welch Corgi for 4 years. Prior to that we had wanted one but could not locate a breeder. He was the second dog in the house when we got him, our older dog was 10 years old. Our Corgi loves the whole family and is particularly watchful when my husband is not home. In addition, our 2 year old likes to play with him and he tolerates her roughness no matter how out of hand she gets with him. He does not like strangers getting too close to either my daughter or myself as he is our self-proclaimed guardian. He is very social and likes everyone(sometimes he is alittle overly friendly). He has brought lots of fun and love to our home and life would be less jolly without him. The only time he is ever aggressive is when dinner time rolls around. He becomes aggressive wiith our older dog gets too close to his food bowl. Other than that he has a very clam temperment and I would recommend a Corgi as a family pet. The only downside of the breed is the constant shedding of hair. However, regular grooming helps to minimize the dropping of hair.
firstname.lastname@example.org of the US writes on 3/10/00:
Talkative, friendly, and funny.
My Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one of the funniest dogs I have ever owned. She is 1 1/2 years old. She entertains herself by throwing her toys into the air, rolling her face on them or rolling her ball with her little legs. Her favorite toys are those which are the loudest ( in her case a rubber shoe squeeky). She is very friendly, sometimes too friendly and takes a little while to calm down. She is never aggressive. She is an excellent watch dog and is very protective of her turf. The only downside to the breed is the "talking." The size of the breed is excellent for a small home. I would not recommend the breed to an apartment dweller unless you know your neighbors very well and they won't mind the "talking."
email@example.com of Centereach, LI, NY writes on 1/11/00:
Have been owned by Irish Wolfhounds for more than thirty years. They are dear, loving, companions. Due to my age, and ability, or lack there of, I could no longer remain with this breed.
I did alot of searching for a smaller replacement. Into my life came a small in size, but big in attitude, dog. What a wonderful suprise to find out that I found a breed that I wish I had found many years ago. It is so versatile. A companion, bright, but not aggressive. Secure in his own self, he can play by himself or with us. If we are busy he can amuse himself by throwing his toys up in the air and catching them , or chase them. I couldn't be more pleased!
firstname.lastname@example.org of Seattle, WA writes on 12/14/99:
Life-long buddy and eternally happy companion.
Our Corgi came to us when she was 3, and very spoiled. She had previously ran a household of two adults and one child, and was adept at it. NOT A GOOD THING! The next 11 years we dealt with the repercussions of those first years. My experience with "Stella" taught me she was a brilliant dog, amazingly quick on her feet, loving, a very positive attitude (she always smiled), great traveler and explorer, great house dog, and funny! Things that were not so great: willing to eat just about anything (dirt, 5 lb.bag of birdseed, dinner salads, bird poop), she was wonderful with our children until they tried to touch her (she was also older by that time), needed to be on a leash at all times(would attack other dogs, or go home with other people). Overall, this dog was a friendly, big-hearted, happy dog. Plus, Corgis are really handsome, alert companions. Don't feed them too much, they easily become rotund, and that can cause problems with their back.
Name withheld by request of Canada writes on 11/7/99:
Better for farms.
My parents used to own a female Pembroke. It never wanted to housebreak. It would mess in the house constantly. She was a very headstrong do who really did not like children even though she was raised with kids. She loved being inside the yard and was a very good guard dog. She hated cates and tried to kill a few that got into "her" yard. She was a loved dog who saw to it that we were all safe and sound. She did of cancer and is still missed very much. We all have fond memories of her and we still get tears in our eyes when we talk about her. The are more suited to herding than to urban life.
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