Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed: Congrats Duncan and Bella Pembroke Welsh Corgi
We always love getting emails from our customers & readers asking us to feature their dog or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series every Thursday. As always we are honored to oblige. Thanks Karen for submitting your good looking pack of Pembroke Welsh Corgi to be featured in our series. Say "Hi" to Duncan and Bella!
Words From Their Loving Dog Owner Karen:
The first picture is Duncan, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. He will be soon be 10 years young. He was around 10 weeks old when he was surrendered at a Humane Society in MN for "herding" their children. It was love at first sight. He is allergic to almost everything, but luckily BBS carries a wide variety of treats he can actually eat! He is still patiently waiting for the time that his favorite ostrich ears make another appearance. His favorite pastime is chasing anything bigger than a rabbit. Bella is the second picture. She will be 1 year old on June 2. Her favorite thing to do is run up and down the many streams on the property. She is the exact opposite of Duncan, in that she loves to chase anything smaller than a rabbit..... chipmunks being her favorite.
Height: 10 to 12 inches tall
Weight: Males 26 to 30 lbs , Female 24 to 28 lbs
Coat: Pembroke Welsh Corgi's should have a "fairy saddle" marking on the side of their shoulders caused by changes in the thickness, length and direction of hair growth. The phrase "fairy saddle" arises from the legend that Pembroke Welsh Corgis were harnessed and used as steeds by fairies. The white markings can be on the feet, chest, nose, stripe on the head, and as white partly or fully around the neck. Pembroke Welsh corgwn have an undercoat of fine soft fur and an overcoat of coarse hair, which makes their coat water resistant. Their coat should be medium length with a little extra on the chest plate.
Color: There are five allowed colors for Pembroke Welsh Corgis:
*Red with or without white markings which may appear on the feet and legs, muzzle, between the eyes and over the head as a small blaze, and around the neck as a full or partial collar. Red is the most commonly seen color as it is the genetically most dominant of the colors.
*Sable with white markings, which is like a red but with a light peppering of black.
*Fawn with white markings as described above, which is a lighter red (the red can be from a fawn to a deep red)
*Red-headed tricolor, which is a black dog with a red head, red spots above the eyes, on the sides of the muzzle on the legs and in the ears and around the anal area they also have white markings as described above and the white markings can often obscure some of the red markings of the muzzle and legs. A dog would be considered a mismark if they were black and white with no tan present.
*Black-headed tricolor, (the most recessive color genetically) which is a black and red dogs with red markings (in the same places you would see red on a black doberman) and white markings as described under Red above. A dog would be considered a mismark if they were black and white with no tan present.
Appearance: Corgis are one of the chondrodystrophic dwarf breeds in the canine family, being proportional to larger breeds but with shorter legs. Despite short legs, Pembrokes have a strong, sturdy appearance and an athletic body that helps them herd livestock including poultry, sheep, horses, and cattle. Their bodies are long, tails are a naturally short bob or docked, and their ears stand erect. They may be short in stature, but their sturdy bodies and boldness give them the power needed to control livestock or do just about any task asked of them by their owners.
Temperament: Pembroke Welsh Corgis are very affectionate, love to be involved in the family, and tend to follow wherever their owners go. The dogs are easy to train and are ranked as the 11th smartest dog in "The World's Smartest Breeds." Besides herding, they also function as watchdogs due to their alertness and tendency to only bark as needed. Most Pembrokes will seek the attention of everyone they meet and behave well around children and other pets. Due to their herding instinct, they love to chase anything that moves, so it is best to keep them inside fenced areas. The herding instinct will also cause some younger Pembrokes to nip at their owner's ankles to get attention, but this behavior can be stopped through training and maturity. Quick and quick-witted, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has an active mind and body. They need daily physical and mental exercise to be at their best in the house. Pembroke Welsh Corgi's are devoted and willing to please, fun-loving, amiable and companionable. They are very good with children and can be reserved with strangers. Many bark a lot.
Health: Pembrokes Welsh Corgi have an average life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, similar to most dogs. Like people, every animal can be susceptible to certain physical problems as they get older. Pembroke owners must not indulge their dogs by feeding them too much which can be a hard task to accomplish. Other health problems may include degenerative myelopathy, hip dysplasia, and Von Willebrand's disease if their parents suffered from the same problems.
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