Meet the Breed: Head of the Class

Though low in stature, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi ranks high in charisma and intelligence.


A reputation for inventiveness accompanies the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Breeder-judge Patty Gailey remembers when one of her Pembroke bitches barreled toward her in a utility obedience class in response to the recall command.

“I thought she was going to bounce off of me like she usually did, but instead she came to a sliding stop in an upright position, sitting up on her hindquarters and kind of swaying back and forth,” says Gailey, who has been in the breed for 30 years.

It was a situation not covered by the rule book. Gailey and the judge looked at each other, bemused. Finally, the judge said, “Finish,” meaning the dog should move to Gailey’s left.

“I told her, ‘Finish,’ and she bounced on her hindquarters into finish position, still sitting up,” Gailey says. “She had a smile on her face the whole time.”

Pembroke personality
Sometimes described as a combination of cruise-line social director and high-school hall monitor, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a bold-but-kind nature, a quality that makes it a popular companion and show dog.

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