The Welsh Corgi is a small herding dog that originated in Wales. Corgi in Welsh actually means dwarf! There are two separate recognize types: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a The Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The Pembroke and Cardigan regions are both close to each other in Wales, however the different varieties have been attributed to two different histories.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi can be slightly bigger than the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, weighing in about 10 pounds heavier at 30-40 pounds. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi should weigh no more then 30 pounds. Both types are herding dogs known as “heelers.’ They would nip the ankles of large livestock to keep them moving.
Both Welsh Corgi types are considered very affectionate and loving. Some of them particularly enjoy small children. Welsh Corgis are known for being huge attention seekers, and they love to be pet and caressed. It’s important that this breed is well socialized as a puppy to avoid antisocial behavior as an adult. Welsh Corgis love to chase anything that moves which is typical for their herding heritage. They can sometimes not do well with small animals for this reason. But proper socialization can help avoid any prey drive behavior in adult dogs.
Welsh Corgis are very friendly and love people. They make fantastic family dogs and do especially well in homes with small children. At one point in their history, they were actually bred to watch and care for children. Welsh Corgis of either variety can do well is smaller living spaces provided they get out for walks regularly. Many people have made fortunes off of photographing and chronicling the life of their Welsh Corgi. These dogs are extremely photogenic, and they have no problem accosting anyone within range for some pets and attention. This makes them very endearing and charming.