9 Fun Facts About the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Have you been thinking about getting a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, but you weren’t sure? Did you know there’s more to the Corgi than just them looking cute and sweet?

Here are nine fun facts about the Pembroke Welsh Corgi you may not know but might want to.

Famous fan

Yes, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a very famous fan! She’s none other than Queen Elizabeth II herself! The English monarch got her first Corgi back in 1933 when she was just a little girl, and she has never been without at least one ever since!

King Henry I, was the reason the Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s ancestor was brought to England. They came over with the weavers the king had invited over from Wales back in 1107.

To date, Queen Elizabeth II has owned 33 Corgis and has two with her right now. She loves the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Bred to herd

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was bred to herd sheep, cattle, and horses! It has a small yet strong body perfect for the speed and agility needed to work with the much bigger animals.

The Corgi is highly intelligent, attentive, and motivated when trained properly. This makes it the ideal herder as it learns the behaviors of the animals its set to herd and/or guard quickly and can adapt to new ways of herding.

Just like its cousins, the Samoyed, the Corgi can also protect the herd by chasing off would-be predators. It’s very brave for a small dog.

13th in popularity with the AKC

AKC or American Kennel Club has rated the Pembroke Welsh Corgi 13th in overall popularity with dog owners as of 2018. Higher ranked dogs include the Rottweiler, Bulldog, and top of the list, the Labrador Retriever.

The American Kennel Club first recognized the Pembroke Welsh Corgi as being a separate breed from the Cardigan Welsh Corgi in 1934. Before this, both breeds were thought to be the same because they so closely resemble each other.

It is the smallest dog in the Herding Group of the AKC. The English Kennel Club also recognizes it.

Directly related to Siberian Husky.

The small dog has its lineage spitz-type dogs such as the Siberian Husky, the Akita, and the Canaan. It has the same characteristics, including the double coat, and pointed the muzzle of the other dogs.

They all are from the same areas of the North. This means the little dog can handle cold better than heat. It also sheds daily, especially during warm months.

Other dogs in this category are the Chow-Chow, the Norwegian Buhund, and the Dachshund. Who knew such a small breed has such illustrious, and big, cousins?

Great with kids

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are high energy dogs who love to play. They are very friendly and loving. Also, they will play all day if allowed, which makes them great with kids. They are not prone to barking, but they do have a “big dog” bark.

They are also not prone to wandering, preferring to be with their humans. These dogs aren’t inherently aggressive, so biting won’t be a worry when they’re left with small children.

They’re more apt to guard and “herd” small children to keep them safe. They’re also pretty tolerant of other pets but are best introduced when they’re young.

Easy to train

It’s recommended training begin with the Corgi at seven weeks of age, especially socialization and puppy training. Being sensitive, training should be done gently and gradually.

Treats are also recommended during training and then, later, only on occasion because they tend to get fat. Praise and attention are the best rewards the little dog can get as they are very social animals. Corgis excel at agility, herding, obedience, and tracking exercises.

Many owners take them to show where they perform very well in these events. Due to their high intelligence, Corgis don’t take as much work to train as others.

Loves exercise but not all kinds

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a high energy dog. This means you can take it with you when you exercise. Still, you have to keep in mind the dog has short legs. This means it’s more than happy with long walks and slow jogs.

Bike riding, however, is a different story altogether – unless it’s riding the bike with you. Still, if you’re training for sprinting or the 10-yard dash, this breed of dog will love to train with you. Just make sure to give it plenty of water after, just like you.


As was said earlier, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is related to other dogs from Northern climes. It has a double coat to help it handle the cold. It doesn’t do as well in warmer climates, but it can adapt, within reason.

This breed doesn’t mind being indoors most of the time. This means it won’t mind living in an apartment as opposed to a house with a yard. It doesn’t like being alone, but it can handle living with just one person. As long as it has attention and exercise, the Corgi can live almost anywhere in the world.

California boasts huge Corgi meet-up!

Despite the heat, owners of Pembroke Welsh Corgis meet up in Southern California three times a year!! Back in 2012, SoCal Corgi Beach Day became a thing. It started small. Only 15 dogs attended that first meet up.

The last one, held in 2019, boasted a record-breaking 1200 Corgis!! Held on Huntington Beach, the event is organized and hosted by So Cal Corgi Nation and welcomes both breeds of Corgi. The next event is planned for October 24, 2o2o.

Events will include the 3rd Annual Corgi Nationals, a huge race that’s a big hit with dogs and people alike!

So there you have it, 9 Fun Facts About the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I hope you enjoyed this short article and will think about getting a Corgi of your own.

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