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Corgi Facts

Corgi Facts

Discover the intriguing world of Corgis with two distinctive breeds, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, each boasting unique characteristics that set them apart.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi, affectionately known as the "Cardi," not only thrives as a delightful companion but also has a rich history as a working farm dog. Renowned for their endurance, tenacity, and boldness, Cardigans were instrumental in herding cattle by deftly nipping at their heels while being agile enough to evade kicks. Exhibiting exceptional toughness, these low-riding canines are equipped to work tirelessly in any weather. With enormous personalities packed into their compact frames, Cardigans are lively, intelligent, and thrive on both physical and mental challenges. Despite their companion role, they remain vigilant and effective watchdogs, ensuring a perfect blend of charm and utility.

On the other paw, the foxlike Pembroke Welsh Corgi, or "Pem," shares a historical connection with the Cardi, having been utilized for cattle driving and various farm-related tasks. Invaluable in keeping farms free from vermin, guarding against intruders, and overseeing livestock and poultry, Pembrokes are cheeky and intelligent companions. While some Pembrokes still engage in work activities in certain areas, they have primarily transitioned to becoming cherished companions. Nevertheless, their innate qualities as excellent watchdogs persist, as they energetically protect property and vehicles with their unmistakable noise.

Unravel the delightful tales of these two Corgi breeds, where history, intelligence, and companionship converge to create a truly captivating canine experience.

Corgi History

Corgi History

The Enchanting Tale of Corgis: A Pint-Sized Journey Through History

Embark on a journey through history with the enchanting Corgis, those adorable, short-legged bundles of energy, whose captivating story unfolds across the ages. Originating from Wales, these delightful canines come in two breeds that share a common past – the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

Ancient Origins

The history of Corgis traces back over a thousand years, weaving through the fabric of Welsh folklore. Legends suggest that fairies and elves bestowed these charismatic creatures upon Welsh farmers, gracing them with good fortune. Myth or reality, one thing is certain – Corgis swiftly became integral to Welsh farm life, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of the people.

Pembrokes: Fox-like Companions on the Farm

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, with its fox-like appearance, emerged as a steadfast companion to farmers during the 9th or 10th-century Viking invasions. Bringing their spitz-type dogs, Viking raiders intermingled with native breeds, possibly including the Swedish Vallhund, Norwegian Buhund, Schipperke, and early Pomeranian. Pembrokes, cheeky and intelligent, played a crucial role in driving cattle, keeping farms free from vermin, and safeguarding against intruders. Their popularity soared in the 20th century, especially within the British Royal Family, further cementing their place in history.

Cardigans: The Versatile Farm Dogs

On the flip side, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, or "Cardi," has an ancient lineage dating back at least 3,000 years. Believed to have developed from the Teckel family of dogs, which also includes the Dachshund, Cardigans adapted and evolved in relative geographic isolation. Their roles were diverse – herding cattle with endurance, tenacity, and boldness. These low-riding companions showcased huge personalities, making them beloved not just as working dogs but as cherished companions. The British Kennel Club recognized the Cardigan separately in 1934, marking a distinction from their Pembroke relatives.

Modern Era: From Farm to Worldwide Fame

In the modern era, Corgis have transcended their farm origins to become global icons of charm and companionship. Their presence extends beyond homes to the silver screen, with appearances in movies and television shows. Even royalty, including Queen Elizabeth II, keeps Corgis, with all Pembroke Welsh Corgis tracing their lineage back to Susan. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America was established in 1936, solidifying its position among the top thirty most popular breeds in the United States.

As the wagging tails and playful bounces continue to tell the tale of resilience, loyalty, and undying charm, Corgis persists in capturing the hearts of all who have the privilege of sharing their lives with these extraordinary canine companions. From folklore to farms, from palaces to living rooms, the legacy of Corgis endures, leaving an everlasting imprint on the tapestry of history.

Corgi means "dwarf dog" in Welsh.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, 

cor means dwarf and 

gi means dog.  

Corgi Health

Corgi Health

Both the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi are generally robust breeds, but like any other, they are not immune to hereditary health issues. Understanding and addressing these concerns proactively can contribute to the well-being of our cherished furry friends.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Health Issues:

  1. Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD): IVDD is a common condition characterized by the degeneration of spinal discs, leading to pain in the back, neck, and limbs. These discs, responsible for cushioning vertebrae and absorbing spinal pressure, can pose challenges for Cardigans.

  2. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): PRA encompasses a group of degenerative diseases affecting photoreceptor cells in the eyes. Over time, these cells deteriorate, eventually resulting in blindness for the affected Cardigan.

  3. Urolithiasis: Urolithiasis, akin to kidney stones in their fur parents, may manifest suddenly or gradually over days or weeks. Symptoms may include frequent attempts to urinate with only a fine stream or minimal output.


Pembroke Welsh Corgi Health Issues:

  1. Degenerative Myelopathy (DM): DM, also known as chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy, impacts the spinal cord, leading to gradually progressive hind limb weakness and paralysis. This degeneration primarily affects the white matter of the spinal cord, drawing parallels to Lou Gehrig's disease.

  2. Hip Dysplasia: Hip Dysplasia involves an abnormal formation of the hip socket, which, in severe cases, can lead to crippling lameness. Regular veterinary check-ups and proactive measures are vital for managing this condition in Pembrokes.

  3. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): Similar to Cardigans, Pembrokes can also face issues with PRA, resulting in the gradual deterioration of photoreceptor cells and eventual blindness.

Understanding these health concerns empowers Corgi owners to take proactive steps in maintaining their pets' health. Regular veterinary check-ups, a balanced diet, appropriate exercise, and early intervention are essential in ensuring that our lovable companions live happy, healthy lives. As responsible fur parents, staying informed about breed-specific health issues equips us to provide the best possible care for our Corgis.

Corgi Myths or Are They

Corgi Myths Or Are They?

Corgi Chronicles: Unraveling Myths and Legends of the Enchanting Breed

Corgis, those charismatic and short-legged wonders, have carved a place not only in our hearts but also in the tapestry of myths and legends that surround these enchanting creatures. From mystical origins to royal connections, the world of Corgis is steeped in captivating tales that add an extra layer of charm to this beloved breed.

1. Mythical Beginnings: Gift from the Fairies

One enduring myth that weaves through the history of Corgis suggests that they were a gift from fairies and elves to Welsh farmers. According to folklore, these mythical beings bestowed Corgis upon farmers, bringing with them good fortune and blessings. While the truth of this tale remains shrouded in mystery, the idea of Corgis as magical companions adds an extra touch of whimsy to their origin story.

2. Corgis as Steeds for Fairy Warriors

In Welsh folklore, there's another enchanting tale that paints Corgis as steeds for fairy warriors. Legends tell of fairy warriors riding these small, sturdy dogs into battle, showcasing the bravery and resilience associated with Corgis. The image of these pint-sized companions alongside mythical warriors adds a dash of fantasy to the breed's history.

3. Corgis as Guardian Spirits of the Home

Beyond mythical tales, Corgis have earned a reputation as guardian spirits of the home. Some legends suggest that Corgis possess an innate ability to protect their families from harm, making them loyal and vigilant companions. While their small stature might not intimidate intruders, their alertness and spirited nature make them effective watchdogs, contributing to the folklore of Corgis as protective spirits.

4. Royal Companions: Corgis and the British Monarchy

While not a myth, the connection between Corgis and the British monarchy has reached legendary status. Queen Elizabeth II has been a devoted owner of Pembroke Welsh Corgis throughout her reign, starting with Dookie, a gift from the Duke of York. The subsequent generations of Corgis, including Susan, Jane, Crackers, and others, have become iconic figures, showcasing the regal and affectionate nature of the breed.

5. Corgis as Fairy Mounts in Modern Culture

In contemporary storytelling, Corgis continue to captivate imaginations. In popular culture, they have been portrayed as fairy mounts, appearing in fantasy literature, art, and animated films. These depictions carry forward the whimsical notion of Corgis as magical companions, adding a touch of fantasy to the real-world charm they bring to our lives.

While myths and legends may embellish the history of Corgis, the undeniable truth is the joy and companionship these delightful dogs bring to families worldwide. Whether galloping alongside fairy warriors or lounging in royal palaces, Corgis continue to enchant us with their unique blend of charm, loyalty, and a touch of mythical allure.

Are you familiar with the ancient corgi legends?

Not many know that corgis and fairies have a history together, but their bond goes way back. In fact, Welsh legend says that corgis, or “dwarf dogs”, were created as sly, fast pets for fairies as a means to help them get around. In fact, it’s even said that only those who have a kind heart and sharp eyes can see the harness marks and fairy saddle on the back of a Welsh corgi.

Above photo is credited to Shiba-Aku deviantart


The legend of the fairies and corgis goes back to ancient times in the woodlands of Wales. Fairies lived in harmony with their surroundings, wandering the forest; however, their wings weren’t strong enough to take them long distances. Over time, this resulted in fairies becoming lazy about long-distance travel.

In that moment, the fairies decided they would create a companion traveler whom they could ride upon, allowing them to travel farther and wider than they’d be able to on their own wings. They created the corgi or the “dwarf dog” in Welsh. This dog looked like a fox but was fast, loyal, and kind. In the night, when the fairies weren’t riding their corgis, they would send them into towns to play with children or even watch over them.

But one day, while riding corgis, the Queen and King of the fairies felt pity for the humans they encountered doing hard, laborious work just to keep themselves alive. These farm hands and poor families seemed to work more and more without ever being able to rest. Distracted by the scene, the King fell off his corgi and the Queen abandoned hers to help save him.

While the two were tending to one another, the corgis continued to race off, not knowing their owners had fallen off and were left behind. The King worried that the two dwarf dogs would get lost, and immediately called for a search party to bring them back home, but the Queen declined. She said the King’s worrying was futile, as they had only lost two dogs they mainly used for pleasure. The dogs will no longer be lost, she said, because they will be found by mortals more needing of them than us.

It’s true the two corgis got lost, wandering further into mortal territory. They played with each other, not knowing they were lost in the first place and sparked the interest and amusement of nearby human children. After a while, the children picked them up and brought them home to their farm, happy to show their farm families what they’d found. Their father explained to the children that these dogs, the “dwarf dogs”, were gifts from the fairies. From that point on, the corgis worked on the farm and became loved by the people of Wales.

Posted by Ronna Moore on 7th Feb 2018 on FAIRIES, CORGIS, AND THEIR ANCIENT BOND

How The Corgi Lost His Tail



Long, long ago back in the days when the land was new and the pixies still tied knots in the sheep's tails and tangled the manes of the horses at night, the Corgi was the steed of choice for the nightly rides of the Queen of the Fairies. Both Pembrokes and Cardigans had long, flowing tails and would wag them brightly as they trotted along. One night though, after a long day of herding, a Pembroke Corgi decided that enough was enough and that he would rather sleep than be bedecked with flowers and carry the Queen. When she arrived, he snuggled deeper into his bed sack and refused to open his eyes. The fairies poked him and prodded him until he heaved a great sigh and sat up.

"I don't WANT to go out tonight" he complained. "I am tired and grumpy and want to sleep. Find another steed for your evening ride." And with that, he sat down and put his ears back and, with a steely glint in his eye, refused to move.


The fairies cajoled, they pleaded, they ordered, they threatened, they bribed, they yelled, but all to no avail. The Pemmie had made up his mind and nothing was going to change it.

Finally, in anger, the Queen stomped her tiny feet and tossed her beautiful hair, and shouted out a terrible curse, "I will bind your tail to the ground with my magic so that you are trapped. You will never be free until you agree to become my be ridden whenever I desire!!"

Now, this did not please the Corgi one bit!!!


He swore a mighty oath to never give in to threats and began to tug and pull. But alas, his tail was stuck fast to the ground! And HE was stuck to his tail!!!


He pulled and pulled and heaved and FINALLY pulled loose..................

But his tail was stuck fast to the ground and remained there. He had pulled his tail RIGHT OFF!!!


And so, to this day, the Pembroke Corgi has no tail as a reminder of the dog who defied the Queen of the Fairies. And, like any other good Welshman, he is still proud, willful, and unintimidated by threats or cursing.


This is the tale of the tail as my grandmother told me.......Betsy Copeland

By Betsy Copeland published on0

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