The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America wants to help you in
your search for the perfect companion by giving you some basic
background information about Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
Legend has it that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an "enchanted" dog,
and certainly this must be true! 'Tis said he was used by the fairies
and elves of Wales to pull fairy coaches, work fairy cattle, and
serve as a steed for the fairy warriors. Even today those people
with keen eyes and understanding hearts may see the marks of the "fairy
saddle" in the coat over the shoulders.
Pembrokes have been used by the Welsh as herding dogs, family
companions, and guardians of the farm. They continue today to be
workers and companions for their owners. It is believed that their
ancestry dates back to at least the tenth century. It is unknown
whether they are descended from the Vallhunds (Swedish cattle dogs
possibly brought to Pembrokeshire by the Vikings) or from the ancestors
of the present-day Schipperkes and Pomeranians that were brought
to Wales by Flemish weavers.
In the 1920's Corgis were recognized as purebred dogs in the United
Kingdom. In 1934 the Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis were recognized
by the English Kennel Club as separate breeds. American Kennel
Club recognition of the two distinct breeds also occurred in that
Pembrokes are sensitive and intelligent dogs. They are easily
trained as long as training is done with gentle handling and without
severe physical correction. They are healthy and long-lived dogs
and are excellent companions for either rural or urban families.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America for this history of