Though they may look similar, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi are two separate breeds. You can distinguish the Pembroke Welsh Corgi by its shorter body, straighter legs and short tail. Pembroke Welsh Corgis hail from Pembrokeshire, a county in the UK, and were brought there in 1107 by Flemish weavers. They were primarily used for herding flocks of sheep and other livestock.
Although rarely used for herding now, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi makes an excellent companion dog. So much so that the current Queen of England, Elizabeth II, has several of her own. This breed of dog is both bold and friendly, and makes a great house dog as well as an apt competitor in sports. Obedience and herding are this breed’s strong suits, given its herding heritage and natural intelligence. While they thrive on farms, Pembroke Welsh Corgis are adaptable and make excellent companions in any setting. Their thick coats require regular brushing and daily exercise is needed to quell restlessness.
Although competitive and bold companions, Pembroke Welsh Corgis are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Pembroke Welsh Corgis are prone to include spinal problems such as degenerative myelopathy; blood disorders such as von Willebrand Disease; hip problems such as hip dysplasia; and eye issues such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Pembroke Welsh Corgi has the misfortune of inheriting his mother’s bad hips or his father’s cloudy eyes, you’re protected.