WELSH CORGI PEMBROKE DOG

A small charming dog with a fox like face and midget body, the Welsh Corgi Pembroke keeps many secrets about its origins about one thousand years A.C. Own. Mrs. Alan R. Robson and Ruth L. Cooper.
The Welsh Corgi Pembroke is a small sized dog, strong, robust built, that is moderately long and short, it is from 25.4 to 30.5 cm., and its ideal weight is 12 kg, the female one kilo less. It is told apart from the Welsh Corgi Cardigan by its short tail, preferably natural. It attractive head is fox like, with an alert and intelligent expression, with the face slightly chiseled (not too much bone under the eyes and the cheekbones slightly rounded). The round eyes, medium sized, not prominent or deep; chestnut colored, in harmony with the coat, not yellow or blue, but not completely black either. The medium sized ears, erect with rounded tips; the neck moderately long, slightly arched and clean. The ribs well arched, with a deep chest, and not too close to the ground. The forelegs are short and as straight as possible with the forearm slightly twisted inwards; the elbows well close to the body, not loose or too close. The hind legs short, strong and flexible; well angled knees. The hocks seen from behind should be parallel; hindquarters with moderate angulations. Moderately long, smooth collar and with dense undercoat. It should never be soft, wavy or too hard (wiry). The Pembroke is uniform in color, red, sand, fawn, black and tan, with or without white spots. The white should not be predominant and seem background color, i.e. in reverse; incorrect and bluish spots (with blue shadowing in body parts) are highly undesirable.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
Pembroke puppies are energetic and creative. Begin their education soon to channel their time and talent. It doesn’t disguise affection, and is sensitive to moods and limitations: it is an ideal domestic dog by definition. 
As a working breed, the Welsh Corgi Pembroke stands out in challenges, for which it is excellent in obedience and other formal exercises such as agility, shepherding and trailing. Its herding instinct (biting the heels) make it somewhat of a biter if the family herd scatters too much. A smart owner begins training before it trains him. Its limbs are short, but this doesn’t decrease its need to exercise. It has plenty of energy and talent to share with a willing owner.
 
DEVELOPMENT             
Choose a sociable, extroverted puppy, before it chooses you! The Pembroke puppy displays livelihood and individuality. If you take two of them home, make sure they are opposite sex. 
The size of the litters varies considerably, and with it the size of the puppies, whose average weight is at about 280 g. Dewclaws and tail are docked (according to the length at birth) after a few days. Most puppies are born a grayish brown or tan and black; some have white spots. An eight week Pembroke male weighs about 4 kg, the female somewhat less. The ears are usually raised after four weeks, but can take up to four months. Tape could be necessary if the ears have not risen after three months. (Ears can temporarily drop during dentition). The Pembroke is slow to mature: although most growth has completed at six months, the breed might need three years to reach maturity. Growth is unlevel many times, and it seems that ears and feet grow first and the rest of the body later.
 
HEALTH 
            
The Pembroke has proven to be a strong, easy to care for companion, which enjoys a two digit life. Hair care is minimal, but the owner should ensure an appropriate diet and avoid excess – and overweight Pembroke is prone to back problems -. Climbing stairs and high impact exercise can also lead to back and joint problems. There is also hip dysplasia although its effects don’t seem to be important in the breed. Back and cervical problems have been mentioned as well as epilepsy.  Every breeder should perform a hip and eye check up (including retinal dysplasia). A rare and infrequent problem known as coetaneous asthenia (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome) has manifested in the breed; symptoms include loose skin with a velvety texture and skin injuries. For the rest, the future owner should carefully examine the specimen’s teeth, they should be healthy, complete and with scissor bite, since lower and upper overshot is frequent, as well as a more serious defect called “shark mouth” (the upper jaw is considerably overshot from the lower) occurs, although it is rare. Veterinarians report cases of Von Willenbrand, patent duct arteriosis (pulmonary affection) and kidney stones. The Pembroke lives an average of 14 years.
 
You might never see your puppy at this tender age since breeders are usually cautious with visitors until the puppies are five weeks or more.