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Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Group: Working Dogs (Group 5)
Club: Welsh Corgi Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Miss Fiona Baird
Phone: 0409 177 828

Brief History
The Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) is a cattle herding dog. It is believed they were brought into Wales by invading Vikings and the Flemish weavers around 11th century. The Pembroke was initially made popular by being the chosen breed of Queen Elizabeth II. She received her first Pembroke from her father in 1933. They have become the ideal family dog because of their good nature and desire to please.

Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.
The average life span is 12 to 14 years.

The Pembroke is active and intelligent with an outgoing and friendly nature. As with all breeds, socialisation and training should start at an early age.

General Breed Description
Pembrokes are a strong, robust breed. He is low set, sturdily built, and gives the impression of substance and stamina in a small dog. They will adapt to almost any lifestyle but thrive being part of the family. When it comes to their tail, Pembrokes can have anything from a natural bob tail to a full-length tail.  Colours are red and white, sable and tricolour.

Coat and Care Requirements
The coat is a medium length, weather resistant, double coat, with a harsh but not wiry outer coat and soft undercoat for protection against weather conditions. Pembrokes do shed coat, so a weekly comb and brush, with an occasional bath, will keep the coat in good condition.

Height: 25 to 30cms, (10 to 12ins).

Weight: Males 10 to 12kgs, Females 9 to 11kgs.

All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Pembroke is generally a healthy breedhowever health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include hereditary diseases.

As well as being ideal as a family pet, the breed is well suited to obedience and agility, as they are highly trainable. A daily walk is advisable. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together.

In Conclusion
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

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