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Pembroke Welsh Corgi |Wales|

Pembroke Welsh Corgi |Wales|

The fox-like Pembroke Welsh Corgi, or “Pem,” was, like its relative the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, used for droving cattle and general duties on small farms. These dogs were indispensable in keeping farms free from vermin, in guarding them against intruders, and for watching over the livestock and poultry. Once the day’s work was done, however, the Pem loved to head inside and curl up by the fire! These are cheeky, intelligent dogs that are still worked in some areas, but are primarily used as companions now. They make excellent watchdogs and will protect property and vehicles noisily.

History

The Pem’s history is believed to date back to around the ninth or tenth century when Viking raiders began invading Wales, bringing their spitz-type dogs, which bred with native dogs. In particular historians believe that the Swedish Vallhund, Norwegian Buhund, Schipperke, and early Pomeranian could all have influenced the development of the Pem. Pems became extremely popular in the twentieth century when the British Royal Family began to keep them. The first was Dookie, a gift from the Duke of York (later King George VI) to his daughter Margaret. Dookie was followed by Jane, Crackers, and Susan. Queen Elizabeth II still keeps Corgis, with all of them tracing back to Susan. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America was established in 1936, and the breed ranks among the top thirty most popular breeds in the United States.

Pems are natural herding dogs that tend to nip at people’s heels. This behavior should be discouraged when they are puppies to prevent problems when they grow up.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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