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• Energy level - Very active: The AKC describes a strong and athletic little dog who loves physical activity and is happiest when he has a job to do.
• Barks when necessary
Despite being Queen Elizabeth ll’s favoured companion, the Corgi’s roots lie not in marble halls and gilded bedchambers but in the mud-and-manure-caked corrals and dirt-floored huts of 12th-century Wales. One theory is that the name corgi derives from cur; another that the name was a blending of the Welsh cor (dwarf) and ci (dog). At any rate, dwarf dogs they were, bred low but fast to work cattle and other livestock, and to kill rats in homes and stables. Many Corgis will show a tendency to herd and guard—not surprising considering their heritage. Their lively disposition and winning personalities in a compact package have won them many fans, royal and otherwise. Deborah S. Harper, author of The New Complete Pembroke Welsh Corgi, praises this “energetic dog, full of life, quick in movement and mind,” noting that the Corgi, while always ready for the task at hand, “does not indulge in tiresome perpetual motion.” Stanley Coren includes Corgis in the “Clever Dogs” group, writing, “These intelligent dogs have a work ethic and willingness to learn that make them among the easiest breeds to train…they are most often successful when complex activities have to be learned.” These active, trainable dogs excel at an array of canine sports. As for their good looks, they possess a thick double coat (yes, they shed) and weigh up to 30 pounds.