About the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Queen Elizabeth II's Favorite Breed
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is famous for being the Royal Family's favorite breed. In the image pictured, Queen Elizabeth II (right) is holding a Pembroke Welsh Corgi in 1936. Nearly ten years later in 1945, she got her first Corgi. She has owned over 30 Corgis, breeding 8 generations herself.
Characteristics of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
According to AKC standard, a Corgi's "height (from ground to highest point on withers) should be 10 to 12 inches. Weight is in proportion to size, not exceeding 30 pounds for dogs and 28 pounds for bitches."
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is sometimes confused with the Cardigan Welsh Corgi - but aren't they basically the same breed? The answer is yes and no. Although they share many similarities like the big, triangular ears and short stubby legs, Cardigan Welsh Corgis differ from the Pembrokes in a few ways. The biggest difference is coat color. The chart (left) shows the acceptable coat colors of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. If the color doesn't match one of the colors in the chart, it's likely a Cardigan, although there is always room for genetic variations. The two breeds share similar early ancestors, but selective breeding took them into two separate breeds.