The Pembroke Corgi were original working dogs who were used to herd cattle. They are smaller than the Cardigan's, however they are still a busy dog who like plenty of exercise, and adapt well to family life.
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.
His coat is truly dense in its undercoat and it would be difficult to imagine a Pembroke feeling the cold, even though he is very happy to share the ‘mod cons’ of his owners if he is living the life of a companion dog. Grooming is therefore not a hard task, although his propensity to plough his way through the muck and the mire of a long country walk means that he does not always come home in a state suitable for immediate contact with the best carpet or sofa!
Being small in size, he does not need a great deal of food, but that does not mean that he won’t eat more than he needs if he’s given the chance to indulge himself.
All in all, this is a thoroughly practical breed that can live with all sorts of households and add a lot to the fun.
At this time we have no Pembroke corgi;s at our kennel.
Low set, strong, sturdily built, alert and active, giving impression of substance and stamina in small space.
Bold in outlook, workmanlike.
Outgoing and friendly, never nervous or aggressive.
Head and Skull
Head foxy in shape and appearance, with alert, intelligent expression, skull fairly wide and flat between ears, moderate amount of stop. Length of foreface to be in proportion to skull 3 : 5. Muzzle slightly tapering. Nose black.
Well set, round, medium size, brown, blending with colour of coat.
Pricked, medium-sized, slightly rounded. Line drawn from tip of nose through eye should, if extended, pass through, or close to tip of ear.
Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Lower legs short and as straight as possible, forearm moulded round chest. Ample bone, carried right down to feet. Elbows fitting closely to sides, neither loose nor tied. Shoulders well laid, and angulated at 90 degrees to the upper arm.
Medium length, well sprung ribs, not short coupled, slightly tapering, when viewed from above. Level topline. Chest broad and deep, well let down between forelegs.
Strong and flexible, well angulated stifle. Legs short. Ample bone carried right down to feet. Hocks straight when viewed from behind.
Oval, toes strong, well arched, and tight, two centre toes slightly advance of two outer, pads strong and well arched. Nails short.
Short, preferably natural.
Undocked: Set in line with topline. Natural carriage above topline when moving or alert.
Free and active, neither loose nor tied. Forelegs move well forward, without too much lift, in unison with thrusting action of hindlegs.
Medium length, straight with dense undercoat, never soft, wavy or wiry.
Self colours in Red, Sable, Fawn, Black and Tan, with or without white markings on legs, brisket and neck. Some white on head and foreface permissible.
Height: approximately 25-30 cms (10-12 ins) at shoulder. Weight: dogs: 10-12 kgs (22-26 lbs); bitches: 9-11 kgs (20-24 lbs).
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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