Did you know that there are two breeds of Welsh Corgi? Some key facts about Queen Elizabeth II's favourite dog breed - the Welsh Corgi.
The Welsh Corgi, also known simply as the Corgi, is a long but small dog, stocky in build, and characterised by short legs. Its pointed ears and snout make it look rather similar to a fox.
While it's this appearance that people often associate with a Corgi, they are most famously known for being Queen Elizabeth II's favourite dog.
All about the Welsh Corgi
The Corgi is identified by two different breeds, namely the Cardigan and the Pembroke.
While the Pembroke can be traced back as far as the 10th century in the UK, other estimates suggest the Cardigan breed was introduced by Celtic tribes approximately 3,000 years ago.
The name Corgi has been widely accepted as deriving from the Welsh words cor (dwarf) and ci (dog), with other variations on this. Some also suggest it can be translated as 'working dog'.
A very energetic dog, the Corgi was and is still often used by Welsh farmers as a herding dog. In fact, they are known as multipurpose dogs despite their smaller size - they make excellent herding, gun, guard, and guide dogs. According to the Stanley Coren ranking, the Pembroke Corgi is ranked number 11 as an 'excellent working dog' while the Cardigan is ranked 31.
Corgis are typically about 30cm in height and weigh approximately 15kg. Coat colours vary broadly, although you won't typically find an all-white Corgi.
Corgis are friendly, affectionate and playful, and make wonderful companions for both adults and children. They are also bright, smart and very obedient, and will take to learning well.
While open spaces will suit them, Corgis can adapt well to apart living with daily walks and ample exercise.
It's important to remember that Corgis, like other short-legged dogs, should not climb up and down stairs or sofas regularly. This can put a lot of pressure on their backs. Their diet and weight should also be monitored carefully as Corgis can be quite greedy and may become overweight quickly.
Do you like Corgis as much as Queen Elizabeth II?