Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

A brief history of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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Corgis have always been cute, but it seems like nowadays you can’t click a few links online without stumbling over an adorable YouTube video or picture compilation of these super popular dogs. One of the things that adds to the Corgi’s outsized character is the breed’s posh-sounding full name: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Curious where this title came from and what the Internet’s current favorite BuzzFeed breed was up to once upon a time? Read on!

Flemish beginnings

Corgis are older than you might expect. With their youthful smiles and small stature, there’s something inherently puppy-like and wide-eyed about Corgis, but the fact of the matter is that this breed dates back to 1107 A.D. According to the American Kennel Club, Pembroke Welsh Corgi ancestors came across the English Channel from the modern day Netherlands. As the story goes, King Henry I of England brought Flemish weavers from Europe to Wales, where they settled and began breeding dogs, which were an ideal match for the communities’ agrarian lifestyles. As the weavers turned to farming for their livelihoods, the swift and small Corgis worked as herders and guard dogs. Over the years, the breed came to be known for the Welsh countryside where the stocky, short-legged dogs were raised.

According to the AKC, even today the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a loving and affectionate small house dog, with both an affable nature and ancient instincts. As the news source put it, even today the Corgi remains an “ever-vigilant guard of the fireside” It’s also important to note that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a slightly different breed than the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Raised in different parts of the Welsh hills, there are slight differences in appearance that historians say lessened even more after some interbreeding in earlier centuries. Specifically, Pembrokes are shorter in the body, giving them a more iconically Corgi-like appearance. Furthermore, while Cardigan Corgis’ ears are rounded, the Pembrokes have pointed tips and tend to stand erect more often, according to the AKC. The Pembroke also has a shorter tail – and is reportedly a bit more easily excited.

While you may be a fan of the Cardigan or the Pembroke, it’s important to remember that Corgi adoption is always a great route to go when it comes to finding a dog. There are plenty of pets both young and old looking for homes all around the country. Do some research online or head to your local animal shelter to find a good match for you. This content post is provided by the pet experts at Hartz.