Corgi literally translates as ‘dwarf dog’ in Welsh, and these spirited little fighters are certainly that! Standing just three to four inches in height, the Corgi is one of the smallest breeds of dog on Earth. Originally bred to herd rats back onto ships bound for the Continent during an outbreak of Bubonic Plague in seventeenth century Londoncorgi, the Corgi has gone on to become one of the world’s most beloved canine friends. Favoured by Queen Elizabeth II of England, the dogs are often to be seen accompanying her on her duties. The Royal Corgies (named Huey, Dewey and Louie after Her Majesty’s favourite Disney characters) have become well-known fixtures on the world stage and, indeed, appear to some to have developed ideas above their station! It is important to remember, however, that arrogance is not, generally speaking, a characteristic of the breed and the Corgi is actually a very humble creature.


15 responses to this post.

  1. […] and I adopted Stanford in 2008.  We wanted a Pembroke Welsh Corgi so badly and was having no luck in finding one in the Bay Area until we came across Stanford’s […]

  2. Posted by markuspretzel on September 7, 2009 at 09:47

    I am sorry, I do not understand this comment. Perhaps you could contact Melissa, my new assistant – she knows lots about dogs (see her comment under the Great Dane post). Thank you, Markus x

  3. Posted by Dennis on August 17, 2010 at 14:46

    “Standing just three to four inches in height, the Corgi is one of the smallest breeds of dog on Earth.”

    What a load of nonsence! Have you ever seen a Corgi? They weigh about 25 pounds (11+ kilos)

    “Originally bred to herd rats back onto ships bound for the Continent during an outbreak of Bubonic Plague in seventeenth century London”

    They are Welsh cattle herding dogs. Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire are both a long way from London, also they are mentioned in Wales at least 600 years before.

    Never mind at least the picture was right, the text was a load of drivel. What an idiot.

    • Posted by markuspretzel on September 2, 2010 at 12:13

      Please, there is no need for abuse. We try to do our best but I understand that our best will never be good enough for some people. In answer to your question: yes, I have seen a Corgi. They are very small. In future, I hope you will be able to control your anger. If we all try to smile rather than be angry with each other we can make this world a better place. Take care, my friend! Markus x

      • Posted by pocketmouse on May 22, 2012 at 02:46

        You must admit he makes a very valid point. If you are associated with this site, then perhaps instead of posting a silly comment over internet rage (which is unavoidable), you ought to correct the obvious mistake before some poor soul, new to the breed is misled. If you are not associated with the site, but care about it enough, perhaps you should contact them in hopes that they correct it and this problem doesn’t happen again. Either way.

  4. Creative.

  5. Posted by Patty on February 9, 2011 at 21:47

    I am not sure if your entry about corgis was supposed to be humorous or not. Pembroke Welsh corgis stand 12 to 13 inches at the shoulder and weigh 25-30 pounds (I just measured my two). They are an ancient breed that were used in Wales as herders and drovers. There are two types of corgis: the Pembroke (tailless) and the Cardigan (with a tail). For more information on the breed check the AKC website.

    • Posted by markuspretzel on February 10, 2011 at 12:35

      Wow, you mean there are giant corgis as well? That’s great news. I never knew that. I will have to do a separate post about them as this one is just about the standard Corgi. Thanks for the contribution, Patty. Kind regards, Markus x

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