Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are some long pooches. Just like the Dachshund and the Basset Hound, this dog's body stretches out a pretty long way. If there had to be some foods in the dog world, Pembroke Welsh Corgis would have to be the sausage!

In fact, the name of the home town for this sausage is as long as its body! It's called "Pembrokeshire," and that is how the breed's history started. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi would herd cattle and sheep, nipping at their ankles to guide them to the right animal pen.

And for a placid-looking small dog, you'd never think that THIS pooch can do such an amazing job. But guess again! The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is so good, that like the Sheltie and Old English Sheepdog, they have a habit of sometimes herding different objects. It can be funny with clothes and dog toys, but then, Pembroke Welsh Corgis start to herd children and toddlers, so you must train them out this habit. Some reasons these dogs are always judged and make people think they can't herd at all, are the short legs, giving the Welsh Corgi a sort of awkward gait at first, but it keeps their muzzles closer to the ankles of cattle, so it can nip them, part of the process of herding cattle. Pembroke Welsh Corgis also have a lack of a tail, some have no tails at all. Breeders decided they weren't a good idea because cows or sheep may accidentally step on the tail, if it was longer, by mistake, maybe leading to some damage. One last characteristic is the pair of ears on the Corgi. They are bat-like, and partially tilted and they stay alert so the Pembroke Welsh Corgi can warn the farmer in case a coyote tries to eat some livestock.

Cardigan Welsh Corgis, different Corgi breeds, are a little different from Pembrokes. They have different eyes, longer tails, and taller heights. Plus, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi isn't as popular as the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

But Cardigan or Pembroke, both are still cool dogs. Pembrokes, however, are the main subject, so let's go back onto them. They are healthy herders, living maybe up to 15 years! But they require daily exercise, and are happiest at the farm. However, they actually don't care where they do live. But like I said: Wherever you keep them, give them daily exercise, for these dogs are not placid! Grooming requirements are little, unlike the exercise requirements. So on the bright side, grooming bills are low. Now, if you leave them with older children or adults, Pembroke Welsh Corgis are fine, but you shouldn't have toddlers in your household. They may be herded, and that is too much for a toddler. But too much affection, however, is never a such thing, and you'll find it out if you get a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. They are the best!

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