The Corgi, or Welsh Corgi as it is also known is a small type of herding dog that originated in Wales. There are two varieties of the Welsh Corgi breed.  These are the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. It is thought the Pembroke breed is the more popular of the two and are made famous because they are the favoured dogs of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Corgis were bred as working dogs, specialising in herding. Corgis were also employed as guard dogs for children and as family pets. The dog is recognisable by its fox-like appearance and its low to the ground and elongated body.


The Welsh Corgi is a loyal and alert little dog who makes an excellent watch dog. They are energetic, even-tempered and highly confident. Corgis are very intelligent dogs and as such are easy to train. Loving, affectionate and fun-loving, the Corgi has all the hallmarks of a fantastic family pet. Corgis bond well with children and other dogs and pets if properly socialized. Quite vocal, the Corgi's barking can become a nuisance if it is ignored or neglected by its owner. Corgis need plenty of attention from their master and daily physical and mental stimulation.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 10-12 inches (25-30cm) Bitches 10-12 inches (25-30cm)

    Weight: Dogs 25-30 pounds (11-14kg) Bitches 24-28 pounds (11-13kg)

  • Health Problems

    This breed is prone to back disorders. It also gains weight quite easily so it is critical to ensure you do not overfeed it. The Corgi can also suffer from PRA and glaucoma.

  • Living Conditions

    Corgis will do fine in apartments if they are given the correct amount of exercise. With daily walks, the Corgi will be generally inactive while indoors and will do fine without a yard.

  • Exercise

    The Corgi is very active and needs to be taken on a long, daily walk. They also enjoy play with their owners, which will satisfy much of their exercise needs.

  • Life Expectancy

    About 12-15 years.

  • Litter Size

    On average, the litter size is around 6

  • Grooming

    The medium-length coat is quite easy to groom. Brushing and combing the coat once a week will suffice and keep it in good condition. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary.

  • Group

    Herding, AKC Herding

  • Recognition