Queen Elizabeth II has transformed Welsh Corgis into royal apartment dogs (she keeps 3 of them). Welsh Corgis are herding dogs that were originally developed in Wales. There are two types of Welsh Corgis: the Pembroke and the Cardigan.
They are small dogs that use a different herding technique compared to other breeds. They have undertaken other activities such as guarding children and their good-natured demeanor makes them great family pets.
Most herding dogs, such as the Border Collie, control livestock by running around the flock in semi-circles. In the perspective of a Corgi a task both strenuous and clumsy. Their way is to nip at the animals heels and thus driving them forward.
If perchance an animal should turn and charge the Corgi stands his ground and bites his nose. Their preferred flock consists of cattle but they can also herd sheep, ponies and even geese. At first glance they way these small dogs herd livestock can seem dangerous, however their low stature allows them to deftly evade any nervous kicks.
Physique and stature of the different types of Welsh Corgis
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the popular of the two
Their popularity has taken them to the peaks of regality considering that Queen Elizabeth II keeps at least 3 Pembrokes. There are many differences between the two breeds that point to a different ancestry. The Pembroke is slightly smaller than it’s counterpart.
Apart from that the most obvious difference is the lack of a tail. In truth they have a very short tail called bob tail. Despite his more modest features the Pembroke has successfully undertaken all of the jobs of the Cardigan.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a jack of many trades
Some say the Cardigan has the same general origin as the Dachshund, because of their similarities in body types: long bodies, short legs and turned-out front paws. Regardless they have proven to be valuable allies to farmers time and time again.
They would help drive cattle to the area of choice and would also drive the neighbor’s cattle away from his herd. This would keep a farmers livestock intact and free of intruders, thwarting any potential misunderstandings with their neighbors.
Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis as apartment dogs
Today they are not used for herding anymore, except in herding trials where their prowess is proven once more. However their popularity as pets has increased. They are fun and well-mannered, alert and loyal.
Their confidence is reflectent in everything they do. They are highly energetic and require moderately-high amounts of exercise as well as a daily walk. Cardigans are even more energetic and need to be taken care of accordingly.
They will be either very calm or very agitated depending on the amount of physical and mental workout they get. So long as you keep them content they are more than happy to live in apartments.
Further differences can be seen in their coat. Both have a water resistant coat yet the Pembrokes enjoy a soft, easy to groom coat while the Cardigans have a wiry version. Both are average in length and scarcely require bathing.
Welsh Corgis are reliable, affectionate and energetic small dogs. They behave well in an apartment and are not aggressive towards strangers. One interesting thing to note is that if they feel they are above children in hierarchy they may attempt to herd them around which can be quite funny.