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Welsh Corgi

A Cardigan Welsh Corgi

A Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Welsh Corgi is a dog breed that originated in Wales. They are believed to be descended from Swedish Vallhund dogs that came to Wales with the Vikings. The word "corgi" roughly translates to "dwarf dog" in Old Welsh. An average Welsh Corgi is around 10-12 inches tall from the tallest point in the shoulders and weighs approximately 30 lbs. Corgis are said to be very intelligent and active dogs. Originally bred for herding sheep and cattle, they have proven themselves as excellent companion animals.

Beginning in 1934, the American Kennel Club recognized the Welsh Corgi as two distinct breeds, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi The Cardigan is characterized as the larger of the two, with more pointed ears and a foxy, flowing tail The Pembroke features rounder ears and is somewhat smaller in stature. The Pembroke was made popular by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and remains the more common variety to this date.