Pembroke Welsh Corgi – Dog Breed Information

Quick Pembroke Welsh Corgi Facts 

  • Weight:  

  • Up to 30 pounds (male) 

  • Up to 28 pounds (female) 

  • Height:  

  • 10-12 inches 

  • Life Span: 

  • 12-13 years 

  • Nature: 

  • Alert, Sweet, Intelligent 

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, famously known as the Corgi, is the American Kennel Club’s 18th most popular dog breed. A lively and independent dog, this bite-sized companion is among the world’s most popular of herding dogs. If you think a Corgi might be right for you, here’s what you need to know

A Little History: Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Many believe the Corgi is one of the oldest breeds, with roots that date back to the Welsh cattle dogs of the 11th century. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi likely descended from these short-legged herders and share a similar history with the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. While many breeds began to make appearances at formal dog shows, the Corgi pressed forward, working on farms to earn their keep. It wasn’t until around 1920 that Corgi owners began entering their pups in competitions, and by 1926, a collection of owners formed the Cardigan Club. Today, they are most popular in Britain, where Queen Elizabeth has raised more than 30 Royal Corgis during her tenure.  

What are Corgis Like? 

Ask any Corgi owner and they’ll tell you that their canine is loyal, eager to please, and a whole lot of fun. Despite their stout appearance, they are quite active and strong. They are generally reserved with new people, and may bark more than other dogs; however, they do well with other pets and children. They love to play fetch, romp around in the yard, or do just about anything else to keep their mind and body active. With a soft undercoat covered by a course outercoat, the Corgi’s hair is thick and multicolored. Their fur can be black and tan, fawn, red, or sable, with any arrangement of white accents. They have low, broad bodies and short, stocky legs. One of the breed’s most identifiable physical characteristics is its disproportionately short tail.  

Caring for Corgis 

Corgi’s require a significant amount of mental and physical stimulation. While they are certainly durable dogs, capable of withstanding the elements, they prefer to live indoors. Their coats shed daily and are best maintained with a daily brushing. Routine baths help to remove dead and loose hair from their coats, but make sure your Corgi is dry before attempting to brush them. Check their ears regularly for debris and trim their nails to avoid painful splitting and cracking. Of course, remember to clean your Corgi’s teeth routinely to avoid dental disease. 

Corgis are prone to conditions such as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)canine hip dysplasia (CHD), and degenerative myelopathy1. Visit with your veterinarian routinely to monitor and maintain your Corgi’s health.  

The Cost 

Most Corgis cost between $600 and $1,000. However, it isn’t uncommon for breeders to charge up to $2,000. You will also need to purchase supplies and pay for initial veterinary expenses, which can cost up to $500. Maintenance care with your veterinarian can cost another $500 each year.  

The imaging necessary to properly treat and diagnosis IVDD can cost as much as $3,000, and surgery can cost another $4,000. CHD is no different, which can cost pet parents several thousand dollars to treat. Pet parents with a dog insurance policy from 4Paws Insurance can focus more on what’s important for their companions and worry less about the cost. 

Sandy Says: Comments from the Chief Pet Officer

Fun fact: you may have seen this breed first on the NCIS TV Series, as Ducky’s Mother, Mrs. Mallard, had Corgis as her beloved pets. There is no doubt that Corgis are some of the most unique dogs today. This breed loves to herd, and as a result they tend to nip at heels. If possible, it’s a good idea to allow your Corgi to herd routinely such as to satisfy his or her natural instincts.