In this Dog Breed Corner, we cast a discerning eye at the Queen’s favoured breed of canine: the Welsh Corgi. Learn about the Welsh Corgi’s personality traits, history, trainability, living needs, and more!
Quick Facts ✔
Height – 25 – 30cm
Lifespan – 12 – 15 years
Country of origin – Wales
Breed type – Herding Dog
- Families with children
- Apartment living
- Active Owners
Breed History ♜
While most people simply call them “Corgis”, the Welsh Corgi breed actually features two sub-breeds: the Pembroke and the Cardigan. As their name suggests, both sub-breeds hail from Wales, and both function as herding dogs. Where they differ is in their history. The Cardigan has been scampering around Welsh fields for over 3,000 years, while the Pembroke began their life more recently. Records exist of the Pembroke from the 10th century, when they were used by farmers to herd livestock.
It was only in 1928 that the two sub-breeds received recognition, when the UK Kennel classed them as “Welsh Corgis”. After making their way to the USA in 1933, they began to spread across the world. Now, the Welsh Corgi enjoys a reputation as a fiesty but lovable mini-sized companion.
Personality, Traits, & Trainability ★
They’re a pint-sized pooch with the heart of a lion! Due in part to their herding heritage, the Welsh Corgi is full of energy. They love to zip around your home and feel an urge to protect their Owners, making them brilliant guard dogs. However, provided you socialise them from an early age, they shouldn’t be aggressive towards humans or other dogs. Just be mindful that if they start trying to herd you, they may give your heels a light nip!
Despite their high-octane pep, the Welsh Corgi can adapt to apartment living if they receive their long daily walk. Do remember, though, that their herding instincts can prompt them to bark loudly, which can disturb apartment neighbours.
Compared to some other small breeds, the Welsh Corgi is a simple dog to groom. Simply brush them and their famously fluffy backside a few times a week and you’ll be set!
Fun Fact ♥
Queen Elizabeth II has owned over 30 Corgis during her rule. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of facts about the Queen’s Corgis!