Despite being the Queen’s favorite breed, the Corgi or the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, to give it its full title, is a relatively rare dog these days. So much so that the breed is set to be classified as an endangered breed in the UK. There are just 241 currently registered with the Kennel Club, who say if it cannot get more than 300 officially registered then it will be entered on to the vulnerable breeds list.
Despite huge demand for puppies it is believed that the ban on tail docking is what may have caused so many breeders to give-up, believing it has spoilt the look of the dog. However, the Corgi remains a versatile dog that suits many households.
The Corgi has short legs and a comparatively large, long body. He has erect, fox-like ears and a short tail that as discussed, has traditionally been docked. The coat is either red and white or tri-coloured and is usually short, but long variations can occur. He is a strong, loyal and highly intelligent dog that was originally bred for herding cattle as he was able to nip at their heels and avoid being kicked, being so low to the ground.
Generally good with children they excel at obedience and can make excellent guard dogs as they are prone to a lot of barking. A naturally active dog the Corgi can live in the town or the country, providing it is given daily exercise. The coat needs the minimum amount of grooming and benefits from the occasional bath, moulting just twice a year. The Corgi is a relatively healthy dog who has a life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years.