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Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi originated in Wales as a herding breed. The breed might have descended from Swedish Vallhund dogs which came to Wales with the Vikings, or it might have been a cross between the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and a spitz-type dog. The Corgi is the smallest dog in the Herding Group and makes an excellent sheep and cattle herder as well as a great companion. The breed has been a favorite of British royalty for over 70 years.

The breed stands 10 to 12 inches tall and weighs 25 to 27 pounds. The coat of the breed is double layered; it has a short undercoat and a long, thick outer coat. It is generally red, sable, fawn, or black and tan, sometimes with white markings. It also has a “fairly saddle” marking which is caused by differences in the direction of hair growth. The breed also generally has a bob tail.

The breed can live for 12 to 14 years, but it may experience some health problems. The breed may have trouble with its spine, especially if it is overweight. They are also prone to degenerative myelopathy.

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Pembroke Welsh Corgi