We've wrangled up ten amazing facts about these fun little pooches that will surely put a smile on your face.
1. According to Pembroke Welsh Corgi club of America, it is believed that the Pembroke's ancestry dates back to at least the 10th century. It is unknown, however, whether they are descended from the Swedish Vallhounds that were possibly brought to Pembrokeshire by the Vikings, or from ancestory of the present-day Pomeranians brought to Whales by Finnish weavers.
Either way, from the beginning, the Welsh used Pembroke Welsh Corgis as herding dogs, family companions and guardians of the farm. Even today these dogs are still expert in herders and many Pembrokes compete in AKC Herding competitions.
2. Pemrokes are one of the smartest dog breeds as ranked by psychology professor Dr. Stanley Coren.
They're able to learn commands in 5-10 repetitions and 85% of the time they obey the command the first time.
3. The Pemroke is one of the two seperate breeds known as Welsh Corgi. In 1934, the AKC recognized the Pembroke and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi as two distinct breeds. What's different about these two dogs?
Firts, the Cardigan traces its origins to the Cardiganshire, and the Pembroke to Pembrokeshire. The dogs also have easily identifiable physical differences. The Cardigan has a tale, while the Pembroke's is docked close to his body. The Pembroke has a shorter body, and his ears are pointed, while the Cardigan's are more rounded at the tip.
4. According to the legend, the Pem is an "enchanted dog" favored by fairirs and elves. At night the magical creatures would use the dogs to pull their carriages and be their steeds in battle. Some say the markings on a Corgi's coat suggest the faint outline of a saddle and harness.
5. Corgi Beach Day started as a humble meet-up at Huntington Beach in 2012. At first it only had 12 attendees, but the last event had over 600. According to the SoCal Corgi Beach Day Facebook page, the event hapens four times a year. Some of the owners will dress up their Corgis in costumes, one woman dressed like Katy Perry and put her dog in Left and Right Shark costumes.
6. Speaking of Cali, several celebrities keep Pembroke Welsh Corgi companions.
Some include Jennifer Aniston, Hilary Swank and Stephen King, who also featured Pems in his books, Under the Sea and The Regulators. Also, Queen Elizabeth 2 is known to have owned more than 30 Pembrokes.
7. The Pembroke is fun, friendly, devoted and willing to please. It behaves well with children but it may nip at heels during play - a trade it keeps from its herding days. Many Pembroke Welsh Corgis are shy around strangers and some bark incessantly. But most of these traits can be quelched with early socialization and training.
8. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a "big dog" with short legs. He's build long and low to the ground, but with a robust body, heavy bones and working dog temperament. Don't expect the "little dog" from a Pembroke. This quick-qitted dog is spirited and athletic, yet a steady and dependable companion.
9. Like most double coated dogs, Pembroke Welsh Corgis shed a lot. You'll find hair and fur deposited all over your clothing, upholstery, carpeting, under your furniture, on your countertops - even in your food.Frequent vacuuming will become a way of life. Otherwise, he is fairly low maintenance.
10. While they may look different in a stature, Pembroke Welsh Corigs are closely related to Siberina Huskies. They are both in the Spitz family of dogs, characterized by their thick fur and pointed ears and muzzle.
Well, there you have it, a short list of facts about short but mighty dog.
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