5 Facts You Didn't Know About the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is seen as one of the most lovable and affectionate breeds the world has to offer. A breed that has been adopted by the royal family and loved by the masses for decades. Do you know much about this breed? If not, discover these 7 facts you didn't know about the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
1. Dates Back to the 10th Century
Some scholars believe that the Pembroke's lineage dates back to the 10th century when they were possibly brought over to Pembrokeshire, Wales by the Vikings. According to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, it is believed that they are descendants from the Swedish Vallhunds or ancestors of the Schipperkes and Pomeranians.
2. There Are Two Types of Corgis
Believe it or not, there are two types of Corgis. There is the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and of course, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. How do you know the difference? Well according to the American Kennel Club, a Cardigan has a long tail with rounded tipped ears while a Pembroke has a cropped tail and more pointed ears.
3. Pembroke Welsh Corgis Have Cropped Tails for A Reason
Ever wonder why a Pembroke Corgi have a cropped tail? While some Pembrokes are born without a tail, others have it docked to keep historical tradition. In the earlier days of the Pembroke timeline, these dogs were primarily used as herding dogs. Herding dogs and non-herding dogs were taxed differently. Since non-herding dogs were seen as a luxury in the United Kingdom, these dogs came with a tax. In order to demonstrate that the Pembroke was in fact a herding dog, owners ensured that their tails were cropped to distinguish between the two.
4. Legends Say Pembrokes are "Enchanted"
Legends spread across the country of Wales with word that Pembroke Welsh Corgis worked with fairys to pull coaches and work fairy cattle farms to serve the supposed fairy warriors. If you look on the back of a Pembroke today, you can see a large black spot in resemblance to a saddle. They call this the "fairy saddle".
5. Corgis Make Amazing Herding Dogs
If you didn't already know, this dog is one of the most impressive herding dogs of the dog world. They may be small, but their bark packs a punch to be reckoned with even the much bigger dogs in the herding community.
We hope you have learned something and takeaway some keen knowledge on the subject.