The general appearance of a corgi is one of low set, strong stature. His expression shows intelligence and interest in his surroundings.
Height is generally 10 to 12 inches at the shoulder with weight not exceeding 30 lbs. We do see quite a variance in our rescue dogs both to the larger and smaller side of the standard.
Proportions are moderately long and low.
Head should be foxy in shape and appearance. Eyes are oval, medium in size. Variation in eye color can be from light to dark brown. Ears are erect, firm and larger in size.
Coat and color can be light fawn to deep red in color with white markings. Tri-colored dogs are black, brown and white. Sable colored dogs have the general color of the red and white with a black overlay. This can be very light or very dark. Corgis have a double coat with longer, courser outer hair and a softer undercoat. The texture of the coat can vary from a shorter tight coat to a fluff coat.
Typically the tail is docked close to the body. Sometimes we do get corgis that still have their tail. Dew claws are generally removed as a pup but some have them when they enter our program.
Temperament should be bold but kindly. Corgis are by nature outgoing, friendly, curious and sometimes courageous to the point of courting danger.
For a complete look at the corgi standard please visit the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a herding dog and has been bred to be a bold working dog. To be a successful companion dog they need a moderate amount of exercise, a structured routine in the home, and a solid set of rules. Corgis that have obedience training are generally a pleasure to live with. They also do well to have little jobs or learn tricks to help their mind stay active. A bored corgi can be a destructive corgi.
Corgis are generally a happy-go-lucky breed that enjoys doing anything that includes their humans. There are times however that the corgi may not have had good socialization, or exposure to other dogs or children and received no training. This dog will often present more of a challenge but they generally come around just fine with love, patience, training, and rules. They are generally devoted family members but love meeting new people. Many adore watching TV in their human’s lap, assisting with the garden work, riding in the car, and going for long walks. Many are up for a game of ball or Frisbee at any given time.
Corgis are a sturdy and healthy breed that has a life span of about 14 years. Health problems are not widespread. The biggest problem we see in our organization is directly related to obesity. One must be very vigilant to closely monitor their food intake. The extra weight causes great stress on their joints, respiratory system, skin, and energy levels. Lesser health problems do include hip dysplasia and dry eyes. In recent years, Degenerative Myelopathy has become more prevalent due to breed popularity and backyard breeders. DM is a genetic disease and you can learn more about it here.
Corgis do need regular grooming to keep the shedding at a minimum. They have little to no odor so frequent bathing is not necessary. Nails should be kept short, ears kept clean and it would be good to establish a regular teeth brushing session.
Young corgis can be quite mischievous. We recommend crate training all of our dogs to keep them safe in our absence as well as protect the items in your home. It also is a good idea should your pet become injured or ill and need to be kept quiet. Many places are more apt to welcome the company of a dog that can be quietly confined.