Pembroke Welsh Corgi Temperament
What's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016
Spirited and athletic, yet steady and dependable, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a true "big dog on short legs."
Herding, obedience, agility, or chasing balls (with surprising speed) are enjoyable outlets (both physical and mental) for his enthusiasm and desire to work.
If his days include such moderate exercise, along with the loving companionship of his family, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is adaptable and easy to live with.
He is polite with guests, reserved with strangers, and makes a sensible watchdog.
Most Pembroke Welsh Corgis are fine with other family pets, though territorial with strange dogs and cats -- one of his responsibilities was to chase strays away from his own farm. He is wonderful with livestock, including horses.
This attentive breed learns quickly and responds well to obedience training. Yet he has the independent judgment and problem-solving abilities of a true herding breed, so you must have the confidence to establish and consistently enforce rules, or he may make up his own.
Like most herding breeds, Pembroke Welsh Corgis prefer their flock (family members and other pets) to be gathered together and may try to accomplish this by circling and nipping. Barking can be a problem.
If you want a dog who...
- Is a "big dog" with short legs, i.e. built long and low to the ground, but with a robust body, heavy bone, and a working dog temperament
- Is spirited and athletic, but needs only moderate exercise to maintain his muscle tone
- Has a short easy-care coat in a variety of colors
- Is steady and dependable
- Is polite with guests and makes a sensible watchdog
- Is usually fine with other family pets, and especially good with livestock
A Pembroke Welsh Corgi may be right for you.
If you don't want to deal with...
- Providing enough mental stimulation to fulfill his desire to work and give him something productive to do
- Destructiveness when bored or left alone too much
- Territorial aggression toward dogs and cats he doesn't know
- Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
- Chasing and nipping at things that move: children, joggers, other animals, bikes, cars
- Potential for excessive barking
- Heavy shedding
A Pembroke Welsh Corgi may not be right for you.
- choosing the RIGHT breeder and the RIGHT puppy
- or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group – a dog who has already proven that he doesn't have negative traits
- training your dog to respect you
- avoiding health problems by following my daily care program in 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy
More traits and characteristics of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
If I was considering a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, I would be most concerned about...
- Providing enough exercise and mental stimulation. With their short legs and long body, Pembroke Welsh Corgis don't need or want miles of running exercise, but they must have several daily walks and a fenced yard in which to stretch their legs and romp.
I strongly recommend that you get your Pembroke Welsh Corgi involved in obedience classes at the intermediate or advanced level, agility (an obstacle course for dogs), tracking, or herding. Corgis were never intended to be simply household pets. Their working behaviors (chasing, nipping, poking, barking) can be a nuisance in a normal household setting. Trying to suppress these "hardwired" behaviors, without providing alternate outlets for their energy, can be difficult.
- Chasing other animals. One of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi's responsibilities was to drive away strange dogs from their owner's farm and flock. Many Pembroke Welsh Corgis are dominant and a bit pushy toward dogs and cats they don't know.
- Mind of their own. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are versatile working dogs, capable of learning a great deal, but they do have an independent mind of their own (as do most herding breeds) and are not pushovers to raise and train. They can be manipulative or willful. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
To teach your Corgi to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. My Pembroke Welsh Corgi Training Page discusses the program you need.
- Barking. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop them. If you work all day and have close neighbors, Pembroke Welsh Corgis are not a good choice for you. For the same reason, Corgis should NEVER be left outside in your yard, unsupervised. To make matters worse, some Corgis have intense, high-pitched barks that can set your teeth on edge.
- Heavy shedding. Pembroke Welsh Corgis shed a lot. You'll find hair and fur deposited all over your clothing, upholstery, carpeting, under your furniture, on your countertops -- even in your food. Frequent vacuuming will become a way of life.
To learn more about training Pembroke Welsh Corgis to be calm and well-behaved, consider my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.
It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your Pembroke Welsh Corgi the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.
Teaches your dog to listen to you, to pay attention to you, and to do whatever you ask him to do.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a healthy Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Health problems have become so widespread in dogs today that this book is required reading for ANYONE who is thinking of getting a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog.
If you'd like to consult with me personally about whether the Pembroke Welsh Corgi might be a good dog breed for your family, I offer a Dog Breed Consulting Service.
Once you have your Pembroke Welsh Corgi home, you need to KEEP him healthy -- or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need.
Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.
Please consider adopting an ADULT Pembroke Welsh Corgi...
When you're acquiring a Pembroke Welsh Corgi PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.
But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult Pembroke Welsh Corgis who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoy!
Save a life. Adopt a dog.
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