The Cardigan's ears (left) are somewhat larger than the Pembroke's.
The Cardigan Corgi's tail is never
The Pembroke Corgi's tail is often docked, and its ears are smaller.
The Welsh Corgi (IPA:
/ˈkɔ(r)ˌgi/) is a
that originated in
Wales. They are believed to be descended from
Swedish Vallhund dogs that came to Wales with the Vikings. Cor gi
means "dwarf dog" in
Welsh (and the
OED gives the Welsh plural corgwn as an alternative to corgis).
An average Welsh Corgi is around 10 to 12 in (250 to 300 mm) tall at the
tallest point in the shoulders and weighs approximately 30 lb (15 kg).
Originally bred for herding sheep and cattle, Corgis are active dogs, and
considered very intelligent. They have proven themselves excellent companion
animals and are outstanding competitors in
sheepdog trials and
Welsh Corgis are generally recognized as two distinct breeds: the
Cardigan and the
Pembroke. For example, beginning in
American Kennel Club recognized them as separate breeds. The Cardigan is the
larger of the two, with larger rounded ears and a foxy, flowing tail. The
Pembroke features rounded, pointed ears and is somewhat smaller in stature. The
tails of Pembrokes are traditionally
docked to a
flat-lying stub, making them appear tailless.The
of both breeds come in a variety of colors, although there are some differences
between the breeds.
Pembroke was made popular by Queen
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, who keeps four at all times, and remains
the more common variety. It is also the breed of dog of the character
Ein in the popular
For more details about each breed, see the breed-specific pages:
Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)
Corgis in movies and television
Little Dog Lost, a
movie, is centered on "Candy," who gets separated from his family,
and must go on a journey to find them
- "Edward", played by Bud, has a prominent role in the
The Accidental Tourist (Bud also appeared in the
Dharma & Greg and the feature film
1991 motion picture
Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead features "Elvis"
- Bud and Cody, brothers, are the best buddies of the First Lady "Ellen
Mitchell" (played by
Sigourney Weaver) in the
- Ein, the 'data dog' is a Welsh Corgi in the anime series
Corgi from Alachua has met many movie stars. You can see his website here:
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