The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a herding dog breed, which originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is one of two breeds known as Welsh Corgi: the other is the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the younger of the two Corgi breeds and is a separate and distinct breed from the Cardigan. The corgi is one of the smallest dogs in the Herding Group. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are famed for being the preferred breed of Queen Elizabeth II, who has owned more than 30 during her reign.These dogs have been favoured by British royalty for more than seventy years.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has been ranked at #11 in Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs, and is thus considered an excellent working dog. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was ranked as the 25th most popular dog in 2011.
It is fair to say that life could never be dull with a Pembroke. His prick ears and his lovely sharp face give him an appearance of being interested in everything that is happening. The breed has known periods when occasional characters gave it a bad name by nipping people as well as the heels of cattle, but a clause in the standard states that he is outgoing and friendly and this is a very good description of a dog that is born busy and stays busy throughout its long life.
He is possessed of a bark that belies his small stature, and his lungs are clearly built to give him the stamina he needs to do a day’s work as a farm dog. In addition, he is nimble enough to duck away from the retaliatory kick of the cow should his herding instincts cause him to lose patience with his charges.