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Royal Names, Working Blood - The Corgis

Updated on October 4, 2015
Sally, taken with my phone, not the broken camera. But she is the perfect example that looks are just that: superficial!
Sally, taken with my phone, not the broken camera. But she is the perfect example that looks are just that: superficial! | Source

So what is a Corgi?

So what is a Corgi... I asked myself when I saw her picture. She looked pathetic and scared out of her mind. She was marked down as a Sheltie/Corgi mix and the star mend that she had an 'issue'. The issue was/is a treatable skin issue and between that and her overweight she became the outcast nobody wanted!

Sometimes the superficial lack of character in people grosses me out!

What nobody cared to see was this beautiful creature that now graces my bed and follows me with the devotion and love only a dog can offer! She is beautiful! And while the 'outside' of the package may not be completely beautiful for a while, YOU, Oh foolish, self-centered and blind former owner or visitor that just walked pass her, will never get to know the beautiful creature she is on the inside! YOU will never touch those soft ears that promise how the rest of her will feel soon; surrounding those beautiful and so impressive eyes that seem to show the deepest of her soul! YOU will never feel her close when she knows you are feeling a little 'blue'! YOU will never know what you missed!

Sally is no 'true' Corgi. In fact her body and some features of her head are Corgi, but the baby-soft fur and the a little more longer face speak of the Shelties I love that much. Right now, with her condition, she is almost as wide as she is high. But who cares! Every pound of her is love freely given.

So what is a Corgi?

The dogs we know from pictures of Queens and Kings are not actually the lap and couch potatoes we expected. They are actually working dogs!

The Corgi originated as a herding dog in beautiful Wales. The two types of Corgis we know (or maybe we didn't know there were two!?) are named after the counties they came from; Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
The main differences between the two types are body length, size and bone structure. The Cardigan is a little larger and has the rounded ears. It is also allowed to have much more variations in color. The Pembroke has the pointed ears is smaller and low-set. It is suppose to have plenty of stamina to work on a farm.

Their tail became kind of a roller coaster during their breeding history. While the docked tail was accomplished 'artificially' if the pup was born with tail, breeding 'bobtails' wasn't important until some countries banned the procedure. Now the breeding is stirred towards naturally producing a 'bob-tailed' Corgi.

These herding dogs work by nipping the heels of the livestock they deal with. With their low bodies they skillfully avoid being kicked 'during work'. Since they are smaller, they have to use methods different to Collies circling their herds to gather them up. Corgis instead move forward and drive their herd by nipping at anything low enough to be nipped.

May it be their herding instincts or just a heart of gold, but Welsh Corgis tend to be VERY protective of their families; especially the children. It made them perfect for family pets and apparently favorites of many royal families.

They were first mentioned in the 11th century as a cattle dog. But there is no real evidence that it was a Corgi mentioned or maybe an ancestor. By Welsh folklore the Corgi was considered the "preferred mount of fairy warriors." (Wikipedia.org) Another calls them a gift from the fairies and that their markings were left by fairy saddles and harnesses.

Their first appearance in a show ring was in 1925 in Wales. These dogs were straight of the farm and didn't quite catch attention. Breeding efforts improved the (superficial) looks of the Corgis and made them much more popular. For the longest time they were shown as two types of the same breed.

It is interesting that the Cardigan is actually one of the oldest breeds of dogs in Great Britain. They were considered priced hunters, herding dogs, family members and guardians of their children. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi eventually followed around 1100-920 and it has been said that it was introduced by Flemish weavers. Possible ancestors are the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Spitz-type Swedish Vallhund. The Swedish Vallhund closely resembles the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and was brought to Wales by the Norseman during their invasions.

Reading up on the Corgi a lot of Sally's character trades make sense. She is very focused on her family and as gentle as a dog can be. But I do say, despite both the Corgis and the Shelties having the guardian instinct, she is a totally quiet dog. She does listen to everything and anything, but I have yet to hear a bark towards anybody! She is just an Angel on four legs. And when her baby-soft fur finally all grew back in, she will be as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Awesome hub here on the Corgi, I never really heard of that kind of dog actually, but I heard of a sheep herding dog though.

      I actually just watched an old Lassie film on Hulu.com with my wife, and it was about a sheep herding dog, and Lassie was helping to train a new younger dog on it all.

      This hub is cute, and if you wanna gain even more feedback, try using more images throughout the entire body, it can enhance the reading experience overall. Just a tip for ya, as I can see you are powerful with your words. Voted up for many reasons & sharing this one as well.

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      picklesandrufus 

      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      love reading about the different dogs you write about. I have a friend who has Corgis and they don't really bark either.They are such loving dogs and like you, it really angers me when people give up on their pets because they develop a problem. Nice hub!

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