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About Corgis

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a “big dog in a small body”. The official AKC Standard describes a Corgi as “Outlook bold, but kindly. Expression intelligent and interested. Never shy nor vicious.” This is a herding dog, a general all around farm dog and a great family pet and protector. They were used in Wales to drive cattle to market, herd the farm animals, catch vermin and alert the farmer when strangers appeared.
The corgi is highly intelligent, learning quickly, but due to its intelligence, can become bored easily. They thrive on a routine and a job to do whether it is fetching the morning paper, alerting their people to the phone when it rings or keeping strangers out of your yard. While not necessarily easy to train, they learn quickly when they know what it is you want them to do and decide it is important. For this reason, some people call them stubborn, however, a working dog must be self-reliant and able to think for themselves in emergencies. Even if your Corgi no longer works on the farm this trait is still apparent and desirable. When training your Corgi, it is important to vary the exercises and make training fun.

Though small, they are not what one thinks of a small dog. They are not yappy, but will bark to alert you to the doorbell, the phone ringing, or a car pulling into the driveway. They make excellent hearing dogs for the deaf, therapy dogs, and of course family companions as well as obedience and agility dogs.

Corgis can endlessly amuse themselves and will devise many ways of having fun. You will surely have a laugh a day with a Corgi.

Since they are highly intelligent a Corgi needs early training to know where he stands in the pack (your household). You must be firm, but gentle and once the Corgi knows the rules of the house they are happy to oblige. However, left to their own devises without direction from the top dog (you) they will take the lead and rule the house, causing all kinds of havoc. Also, the Corgi is not happy in this role, but knows that someone must take charge and if you don’t seem to be doing the job he will take it upon himself.

 

Some legends say that Corgis were the working dogs for fairies. The magical creatures used Corgis to pull their coaches and carry the fairy queen. If you keep your mind open and your eyes clear, you can see the saddle marks between the shoulders of the Corgis. The fairies set the Corgis free to join the real world in exchange for their loyal work.
According to the legend, two young farm children were playing outside in the Welsh hills when they came upon two puppies which they took to be foxes due to their foxy faces and erect ears. When the children took the puppies home, they were told that the little dogs were a gift from the fairies. As the puppies grew, they learned to help the farmers watch over the cattle, which they still do today.
The head of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi appears foxy in shape. The length is moderately low and long with the distance from the whiskers to the base of the tail approximately 40 percent greater than the distance from the ground to the top of the whithers. The ears are erect, firm and of medium size, tapering slightly to a rounded point.



The Corgi is double coated and sheds twice a year. Weekly brushing will help this shedding process. If done regularly you should not notice much under coat floating around the house. The outer coat is coarse and weather-resistant while the under coat is soft and downy. The outer coat should be of medium length with length varying overall. The neck ruff will be longer than that on the body. The coat can be red, sable, fawn and black and tan or without while markings. White is acceptable on the legs, chest, neck (either in part or as a collar), muzzle, and underparts and as a narrow blaze on the head between the eyes.

Where’s the tail? This is a docked breed, with the docking done at 2-3 days old. There are many legends to explain why the tail is docked, one being that the farmers were taxed on all animals and length was used as a guideline. So since no one wants to pay more taxes than necessary and the dog had no use for it’s tail, the farmers began docking the tails. Mostly, the reason is given that since some dogs are born with natural tail bobs, the tails are docked for uniformity of appearance. A tail up to two inches is allowed according to the standard.

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