The Welsh Corgi, a royal dog

Very appreciated by the royal family of England, the Welsh Corgi is a very friendly and dynamic little dog. Intelligent, a good hunter, courageous and sociable, he nevertheless needs regular activity to be fully happy.

Trois Welsh Corgi Pembroke
Trois Welsh Corgi Pembroke

Origins of the Welsh Corgi

There are two varieties of Welsh Corgi: the cardigan and le Pembroke, companion of the Queen of England. Originally from Wales, the Cardigan is a very old breed (3000 years old) which would have been used by the Celts and then the Welsh for its ability to lead herds.

The Cardigan is a bit bigger and heavier than the Pembroke, variety appeared in the 10th century, therefore more recent. The exact origins of these two breeds remain disputed and vary between breeders.

Standard of the Welsh Corgi

The Welsh Corgi is a small dog whose size does not exceed 30 cm for a weight of 10 to 17 kg. His coat is short, hard, straight, with a dense undercoat. Black, tan, charred, merle, red and fawn with some white variegation allowed, however the coat color should never be predominantly white.

The head has large erect ears, slightly rounded, round eyes, usually brown, can be blue if they accompany a ‘Merle’ dress.

the prominent muzzle and lying down recalls that of the fox.

The body, longer than it is high, is carried by short legs. the Cardigan features a plumed tail while the Pembroke has a very short tail.

Behavior of the Welsh Corgi

Dog very active, the Welsh Corgi needs to let off steam during long walks and play sessions.

Very attached to his master, affectionate, loyal and cuddly, this dog needs presence in order not to be unhappy and to develop behavioral problems.

Sociable, he tolerates other animals and loves to play with children.

His strong character, his curiosity pushing him to run away and his need to spend often imply a very early education.


The Welsh Corgi, by its morphology, is subject to back problems. Sports involving jumping should be avoided as well as large stair climbs.

Robust and cold resistant thanks to its undercoat, it has more difficulty adapting in very hot regions. This little dog is a glutton, beware of excess which is very harmful to his health!

Son life expectancy is 12 to 15 years in good conditions.

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