Pembrokes are the smaller of the two corgi breeds. They are affectionate, highly intelligent and playful dogs who love being part of the family.
They have big dog personalities in a small body but by no means are they are small dogs.
According to legend Pembrokes were the steeds of Welsh Fairy warriors and the markings on their backs are the warriors saddles. Most UK Pembrokes are typically red coloured but also can come in sable, fawn or black and tan varieties. The breed traditionally was shown with a docked tail but since tail docking was banned in the UK Pems generally have tails though some lines also have natural bob tails.
Pembrokes have a life expectancy of between 12-15 years and are generally pretty healthy, though can be prone to becoming overweight. There are some inherited issues which can occur with Pems such as monorchidism, Von Willebrand’s disease, hip dysplasia and patellar luxation. And some diseases they can be predisposed to, including IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) and DM (Degenerative Myelopathy). Talk to a breeder for more details on these.
As Pembrokes were bred for herding they enjoy being active and will happily spend all day walking. That said, they are also happy to spend their time at home and love being together with their family. They are highly intelligent and can be easily trained in obedience, agility, flyball and even heel-work to music.