The Corgi, a choice of queen… of England

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The history of the Corgi, Celtic in the blood

This breed of dog knows no Brexit: whether it has Celtic ancestors of the “Cardigan” or “Pembroke” category does not change the fact that it is a Celtic dog, with a family tree that would go back 3,000 years. Not everyone can say the same!

According to some, it was the barbarians who imported the breed to the British Isles. Unfortunately, as with many other breeds, we have no accurate information about their ancestry.

Its region of origin is Wales, and it is not by chance that the full name of this breed of sheepdog is Welsh Corgi.

Welsh Corgi Pembroke

It is distinguished into two types, indicating its origin:

Cardigan refers to the Welsh county of Cardigan.
Pembroke refers to the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire.
Welsh Corgi Cardigan
Some authors think that the Cardigan is older than the Pembroke. In particular, the Cardigan could be descended from a Welsh sheepdog crossed with the Viking Buhund and Vallhund, who arrived with these northern people after their raids in the British Isles.

corgi playing with a ball on the beach
Originally, the Welsh Corgi Cardigan was called Ci-llathed, which in Welsh means ‘dog as long as a yard’. In fact, the length, measured from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail, corresponds to the Welsh yard, which is slightly longer than the English yard.

Corgi is a compound word from ‘cor’, which means to gather or collect, and ‘gi’ which means dog.

Corgi: a sheepdog

Corgis are called “heelers” because as a good sheepdog and even as a cowherd, they would nip at the calves of cattle. A “cur ci”, a working dog.

The appearance of the Corgi, with or without tail
By its head, it singularly evokes the fox:

a pointed muzzle
a broad skull topped by a pair of bright, hazel-colored eyes
ears on the lookout
Short on legs, which is often a sign of longevity in dogs, the Corgi can weigh up to 10 kilos. And because the devil is in the details, the Cardigan has a tail while the Pembroke does not. The Queen of England’s Corgi are therefore tailless.

No worries about the color of the coat, everything is allowed, except pure white for the Cardigan.

What breed of dog has the Queen of England?
Who knows if he doesn’t bark “British” at the English court? Queen Elizabeth II herself is very fond of this typically Celtic dog, to the point of having had about thirty of them throughout her life.

The Queen has a soft spot for the Pembroke branch of the Corgi breed, which is the most popular in British homes.

Why choose a Corgi?

Apart from this small point of stewardship, this quasi-royal dog is cheerful, very clean and totally adapted to indoor life, if not a castle.

Forget his origins as a sheepdog, he loves your company and that of the children. A watchdog on occasion, he prefers to play and enjoy himself with you.

They are very intelligent and sensitive, with a great balance, and able to impose their authority in a herd with a lot of calm and phlegm.

As far as health is concerned, it is necessary to pay attention to the back, which should not be subjected to great stress. They are very fond of elevators: with their short legs, they hate climbing stairs. For the rest, they are very robust dogs.

A problem to give a name? Hesitate between Willow and Holly, the two Corgi of Elizabeth II who started the dynasty of dogs of Buckingham Palace.

How to care for a Corgi?

Its nature as a sheepdog and its tendency to “nibble” on livestock present many challenges in its training. However, these are challenges that any experienced dog walker can overcome if you are willing to (critically) question the consistency of your own behavior and enforce the established rules.

Of course, this also applies to the rest of the family, if your dog has more than one person to refer to.

This breed is also very sensitive to praise, which means that if you don’t praise his behavior, an intelligent dog like him will not be motivated to behave the way you want him to.

They have an independent character, but if they receive recognition, they will strengthen their bond with their owner and their desire to make them happy.

Raising a Corgi

Finding the Corgi of your dreams may take some patience. The breed is relatively rare and, depending on where you live, you may have to travel a long way to the nearest breeder and wait for a puppy.

But don’t let these obstacles discourage you: a competent breeder is essential for a happy, healthy dog. Breed characteristics, temperament and health are not the only things he will pay attention to. A good breeder will also make sure that the puppy is sufficiently socialized and educated to become a well-rounded member of the family.

It is a good idea to visit the breeder before adopting the puppy, to talk with them about the breed and also to get to know the parents.

It is important that they make you feel good and happy. The puppy will move in with you at the age of eight weeks, after having been dewormed several times, having received his microchip, his pedigree certificate and his European vaccination booklet. Make sure you don’t forget the necessary booster shots.

If you are having trouble finding the right breeder, or if you want to get an adult Corgi, the English Shepherd Dog Associations can help you find the right dog.