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.

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  • Jean Edwards
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    I am interested in purchasing a female Corgi. I am in Belen New Mexico. I am having trouble finding real Pembroke Corgis.

    • Kris
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      Hi, that’s great news about your forthcoming corgi! We are based in the UK so have no idea about breeders in the states sorry!

  • anna
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    Hi!
    I am interested in buying a pembroke welsh corgi in the future, and now I am collecting as much information as i can 🙂 If I live in Hungary, and would like to buy a corgi from a real breeder, can I travel to the UK and buy it there? Or does it have some legal objectives? Thanks 🙂

    • A.Four
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      HI Anna,
      We would definitely recommend trying for a more local breeder first to make sure you know where the puppy is coming from – it IS possible to get a puppy from another country but there is a lot of paperworks and fees involved and corgis are actually not much more available in the UK these days – have you tried contacting a corgi club in Hungary or countries nearby? Best of luck!

    • Kris
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      Hi Anna, you should get in touch with the Welsh Corgi League – they are a group of breeders and will be able to answer all your questions

  • Kez
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    Hi, I’m very interested in getting a Pembroke corgi, I live in the east of England, but I’m having trouble trying to find breeders, I understand that I will have to travel but I can’t travel to the other side of England, I check the kennel club but still nothing, would you be able to help?

    • A.Four
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      Hi Lez, the UK Corgi Club is unfortunately not able to help with people wanting to adopt a corgi, puppy or adult – best is to contact the Welsh Corgi League and the breeders listed on the “Find a Puppy” website of the Kennel Club UK for this – travel is highly likely to be involved, most of us did a few hundred miles to pick up their pup, this will ensure you can check where the puppies were brought up and that they are coming from a genuine, serious and caring breeder – good luck with your search!

  • Gloria andreani
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    Good afternoon I love cardigan corgie, and I and my husband would have One. Do you have? We love a male. Is it possibile? We live in Italy. Thanks for all information. Gloria

    • A.Four
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      Hi Gloria,

      Best is to contact local corgi clubs in Italy to get breeders names – we are based in the UK so sorry we cannot help with Italy. Good Luck with your quest!

    • Kris
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      Hi, the CWCA has a list of available puppies. You’d have to speak to the individual breeders to see if they’d be happy for the pup to go to Italy though, it is a long way!

  • Robyn
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    I am traveling to England 1-15 August. Any suggestions on corgi-related sites worth visiting? Museums, breeders, etc….,My 7 year old LOvEs corgis!

    • Kris
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      Oooh great stuff Robyn. I’m not really sure about any corgi related sites, they are very rare here! Hamleys toy shop in Regent Street does have a giant lego model of the queen and a corgi as well as lots of corgi stuffed toys (also lots of other things a 7 year old would love!) Enjoy your trip 🙂

  • Natalie
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    Hi. I am living in Germany. It is Hard to find a corgi here. I have no Problem with travelling to the uk. Can you help me finding a breeder for pembroke corgis? Thank you

    • Kris
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      Hi Natalie you should get in touch with the Welsh Corgi League – they are a group of breeders and will be able to answer all your questions. Otherwise – corgis are quite popular in the Netherlands which would be a bit easier for you logistically

  • Stefanie Latham
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    I am looking for a long time for a female Pembroke Welsh Corgi with bobtail . I would very much appriciate if someone would give me an advise where I could be lucky to find one ! Thank you very much .

    • A.Four
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      Hi Stefanie, the best thing to do is contact breeders with available litters via the Kennel Club’s “Find a Puppy” page, and/or contact the Welsh Corgi League for a list of breeders – please be aware though that the bobtail gene is I believe lost in the UK with some breeders trying to reintroduce it via imported dogs but they will be able to give you more details on this 🙂 Good luck!

  • Jayne
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    Hi,

    My family and I are considering getting a corgi, because they’re a good size for us, and we want a dog that will be trainable. Are they good with children? Can I ask how much exercise they need? And what are their grooming requirements? I assume they shed quite a bit too. Sorry for all the questions!

    Thank you.

    • A.Four
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      Hi Jayne, corgis are trainable yes, like every dog, as for the children it really depends on early socialising – some of their traits include them being rather stubborn and with a selective hearing though so we recommend you do a lot of research (books to complement the info on our website). They are highly intelligent dogs so need to be kept busy, as much physically (think big dog on short legs) as mentally (or they can get quite barky and bossy) that do indeed shed a lot – as a result of the shedding grooming is actually fairly simple: brushing a couple of times a week should suffice (but you’ll need a GOOD vacuum cleaner!). They were originally bred for herding so can have a tendency to nip at heels, but that can be trained out with time, patience and positive reinforcement. Best of luck!

  • Jayne
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    Thank you for the reply, that’s great! I think I need to get some more advice on training. I’ll get hold of a book or two. We have a busy household, and already have one dog. I worry that we won’t be able to offer a corgi enough stimulation, and I wouldn’t want a puppy going crazy (and destructive!) in the house. Thanks again for the advice.

    • Kris
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      The good thing is that Corgis are super easy to train. They are very smart and most are highly food motivated so you can get them to do a lot. I think the main thing for a corgi is they want to be part of the family, so you don’t need to be doing anything exciting, they just want to be with you as much as they can. Good luck!

      • Jayne
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        Thanks Kris! Is there really that much difference between the Pems and Cardis? In terms of temperament, I mean? (I realise I’m probably committing corgi heresy here, so apologies!)

        • Mia
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          In terms of temperament, I think (having only owned x1 pem) that pems are a little more outgoing and people loving while cardis are only interested in their family, not new people. Feel free to join our Facebook group Jayne, lots of people on there and all happy to help answer questions 🙂

  • Jayne Manfredi
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    Hi, thanks Mia. I’ll do that. Can I ask how much I can expect to pay for a KC registered corgi?

    • Mia
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      It does vary quite a bit. I know people who have paid £700 and the highest I’ve heard of was £1,500

  • Joe
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    I am currently in the UK and we are trying really hard to add a fourth member to the family! Two days ago someone tried to scam me for £350 to ship hip pup (who he no longer had time for) to a loving home. Something did’t seem right to me and iIve found that it also happened to a friend of mine. So, that being said… can anyone recommend a trusted breeder? I’m located at RAF Lakenheath and willing to drive a couple hundred miles. Thanks

    • A.Four
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      Hi Joe, Sorry about this experience – as said on our website we highly recommend to avoid third party selling websites, and “breeders” who ship the pups or deliver them to your door (without seeing the dam, sire and puppy in their environment) and also offer pups for less than the average price, this cries puppy farming which sadly is still much present in the UK. We recommend checking the Kennel Club’s find a puppy website and or Champdog website to see which breeders have litters available. Best Wishes

  • Lucy Evans
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    Please please add Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) to your risk of complications. Corgis are deep chested and our beautiful boy of 7 years died of this condition in 16 hours on Monday despite rushing him in as soon as he got bloat and every procedure and surgery. It was so short and shocking, the vet had never seen a Corgi with GDV and this needs to be made aware to all Corgi owners, even through my great sadness I still want to make people aware of this as it was totally and utterly heart breaking. So please add this to your list.

    Thank you

    • A.Four
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      Hi Lucy, so sorry for the loss of your boy.

  • YB
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    Hello everyone! I am inlove with Pembroke Corgis. They are the most adorable dogs and definitely the most suitable for me. Does anyone know where I can find breeders for Pembrokes, as I am keen to have my first corgi now! Thanks!

    • A.Four
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      Hi There, if you’re based in the UK we recommend checking out the “Find a Puppy” website of the Kennel Club, be prepared to wait to get a healthy puppy from a serious breeder. If you’re located outside the UK then the best thing to do is to contact a local league. Best Woofs

    • Mia
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      Have a look at the Kennel Club for a list of breeders

  • A.Four
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    Hi Catherine, get in touch with the corgi rescue (Telephone: 01892 723401) and also contact the corgi league to obtain the details of breeders that may know of ex show dogs to be rehomed. Best Woofs

  • Martin Quinn
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    Hi can you please tell me why some corgis have a tail and some don’t? thanks Martin

    • A.Four
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      Hi Martin, sure!

      The Cardigan corgis always have a tail.
      The Pembroke corgis are either born with a tail or with a bobbed tail. Back when they were used in farms the tail would be docked to prevent injuries (if a cow bit it especially) but nowadays the docking is illegal in some countries (including the UK) whereas in others it is still done for aesthetic reasons (including North America) mostly as most corgis nowadays are pets rather than working dogs.

      Best

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