- 01 of 08
Everything You Need to Know About Pembroke Corgis
The Queen of England. Betty White. The entire Internet as we know it. It's no secret: There are a lot of Pembroke Welsh Corgi lovers out there! And for good reason—these sweet dogs may be short in stature, but they certainly aren't short in personality, intelligence, or cuteness.
And speaking of cuteness, the only thing cuter than a Corgi is a baby Corgi—and we've rounded up the pictures to prove it. Whether you're already a Corgi parent or considering adding one to the family, read on for some absolutely adorable pictures of baby Corgis, and fascinating facts about one of the world's most beloved dog breeds.
- 02 of 08
There Are Two Types of Corgis (From Different Ancestors)
Although Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Pembroke Corgis look alike, they're actually considered two totally different breeds from two different ancestors. It's believed that their similar (and adorable) appearances are the result of crossbreeding at some time during the 19th century. You're more likely to see a Pembroke Welsh Corgi cruising down your street or gracing your Instagram feed, as they've become incredibly popular.
If you're ever surrounded by a huge gang of Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke Corgis (lucky) there are two easy ways to tell the breeds apart: Cardigan Welsh Corgis have long, bushy tails and pointed ears, while Pembroke Corgis have docked tails and rounded ears.
- 03 of 08
They're the Stuff of Welsh Legends
According to Welsh legends, Pembroke Corgis were the workhorses for the fairies and elves residing all over Wales. Not only did they used to pull fairy coaches, but they helped herd fairy cattle and carry fairy warriors into battle, too. Need a little bit of proof? Some say—if you look very closely—you can still see the marks of a fairy's saddle around the shoulders in a Pembroke Corgi's coat.
- 04 of 08
Corgi Translates to "Dwarf Dog"—Maybe
There's some debate around the meaning of "Corgi," but there are two main theories out there:
- The Welsh word "cor" means "to gather," while "gi" translates to "dog." Makes a lot of sense for a breed that's known for its champion herding skills, right?
- Alternately, the word "cor" translates to "dwarf" in Welsh—and, again, "gi" translates to "dog."
The actual translation really depends on the Welshman or Welshwoman you're talking to—and their understanding of the word "cor." But considering their backgrounds as herd dogs and service dogs to fairies and elves, we think both translations work!
- 05 of 08
They're Champion Herd Dogs
Corgis have a long, long history as herding dogs. In fact, they were used as herders as early as the 10th century.
But why Corgis? Their small stature gave them a huge advantage in the cattle-herding game. Not only did their shortness give them easy access to cows' lower legs and ankles—they'd nip at cattle to send them in the right directions—but it protected them from the cow's retaliatory kicks, too. Plus, Corgis are known to be incredibly athletic and quick dogs.
Although there may not be as many herding Corgis today, many compete in herding competitions—some of which are actually hosted by the American Kennel Club.
- 06 of 08
Pembroke Corgis Make Perfect Family Dogs
Known for their sweet personalities, high intelligence, and athleticism, Corgis can be super loyal, loving pets for families. What's more, their smaller stature makes them ideal for an apartment- or small-space living. (If you live in a smaller space, however, be sure to give your Corgi plenty of exercise—they're susceptible to unhealthy weight gain if they're not exercised regularly.)
The ever-popular Pembroke Corgis are currently the 15th most popular dog breed in America, but they're gaining more and more attention as TV and film stars, and those Instagram famous doggos you see all over your feed.
- 07 of 08
They're Loved by the Royal Family
If you ever visit Buckingham Palace, be on the lookout for the royal family's massive Corgi crew.
Queen Elizabeth II has owned a whopping 30 Corgis in her lifetime, but currently has two—named Holly and Willow. The Queen met her first Corgi—and developed her lifelong love for the breed—when King George VI brought a Corgi named Dookie home to the palace in 1933. Shortly after, the royal family added a second Corgi, named Jane, to the family. After Dookie and Jane had a litter of puppies, the number of Corgis in the royal palace only compounded.
- 08 of 08
California's First Dog Was a Corgi
When Jerry Brown was elected as California's governor, he adopted a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Sutter—and deemed him California's First Dog. Sutter became a permanent fixture in the governor's conference room, often helping then-Governor Brown reach agreements with his Republican counterparts.