of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America wants to help you in your search for the perfect companion by giving you some basic background information about Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
Legend has it that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an "enchanted"
dog, and certainly this must be true! 'Tis said he was used by
the fairies and elves of Wales to pull fairy coaches, work fairy
cattle, and serve as a steed for the fairy warriors. Even today
those people with keen eyes and understanding hearts may see the
marks of the "fairy saddle" in the coat over the shoulders.
Pembrokes have been used by the Welsh as herding dogs, family
companions, and guardians of the farm. They continue today to
be workers and companions for their owners. It is believed that
their ancestry dates back to at least the tenth century. It is
unknown whether they are descended from the Vallhunds (Swedish
cattle dogs possibly brought to Pembrokeshire by the Vikings)
or from the ancestors of the present-day Schipperkes and Pomeranians
that were brought to Wales by Flemish weavers.
In the 1920's Corgis were recognized as purebred dogs in the
United Kingdom. In 1934 the Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis were
recognized by the English Kennel Club as separate breeds. American
Kennel Club recognition of the two distinct breeds also occurred
in that same year.
Pembrokes are sensitive and intelligent dogs. They are easily
trained as long as training is done with gentle handling and without
severe physical correction. They are healthy and long-lived dogs
and are excellent companions for either rural or urban families.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America for this history of the