The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Breed Faces Extinction

22 November 2012 ~ 8 Comments

For the first time ever, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed has been placed on a list of endangered breeds in the United Kingdom, as a result of a small number of puppies being registered this year. Only between 300 and 450 Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies have been registered, even after registration increased by 10% after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, earlier this year.

Sharon Tolliday, an old English sheepdog breeder from Suffolk, said that this is happening because most people prefer to buy or adopt a smaller breed, and also there’s a misconception that Corgis are high maintenance.

Corgis and the Queen

Many English breeds face extinction due to the fact that the public prefers more exotic breeds like the Chihuahua or the Husky. Husky registrations have more than tripled in the last 10 year in the UK. Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club said: “Celebrities, popular culture and fashion play a big part in today’s society and, unfortunately, dogs are not immune from our fickle tastes. People often go for the most obvious or fashionable dog choice, which isn’t necessarily the right one for them.”

The good news is that Cardigan Welsh Corgi registrations have increased in 2012, compared to 2011.

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8 Responses to “The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Breed Faces Extinction”

  1. Joyce Lanthier 22 November 2012 at 7:47 pm Permalink

    This just will not do!!!!!!

  2. Beth Sullivan 1 December 2012 at 1:37 pm Permalink

    It would be aweful to see either corgi breed go extinct from the place they originally came from my mom has a Pembroke welsh corgi and my friend breeds Cardigan Welsh corgis and the funny thing is here in Canada and the United States they are much more popular go figure eh I prefer a bigger dog but like the short legged bigger dogs and no they are not high maintenance dogs just fun loving dogs

    • Debby 23 December 2012 at 11:45 am Permalink

      We had two and found them to be wounderful comfanions, we miss them very much and are now looking for a puppy but are having trouble finding one in Yorkshire.

  3. Nena 8 January 2013 at 9:26 pm Permalink

    I was hesitant in adopting my baby because everywhere I read said something about how badly they shed. I decided to suck it up, and rescue her anyway. After her first initial stress shedding, she grew all of that lovely fur back, and has kept it for the past 3 months with minimal shedding. When she blows her coat again, we will deal with it better than the first time (we’re prepared now)… The shedding isn’t bad at all, and she’s such a ham. My fiance’ wanted a bigger dog to pal around with, and she is that and then some… They play-wrestle, and then she sleeps at his feet at night. She’s also super-protective over us, and her dog-brother (in spite of him being stuck-up).

  4. Shavonne 24 January 2013 at 4:30 pm Permalink

    I just adopted a Pembroke Welsh 3 months ago (she’s nearly 8 months old now) and she has been the light of my life, and she isn’t high maintenance as some would fear, yes she needs lots of chances to roam and go on walks but its worth it because it keeps both of us healthy, and nothing puts a bigger smile on my face then to watch her bounce around outside with joy. My fiancee who was raised with much bigger dogs then her adores he because she can be played with just like a big dog, they rough house all the time, she truly is a big dog in a little dog coat as many would say

  5. maybrock1 2 March 2013 at 10:01 am Permalink

    We have 4 Pembroke Corgis with us and should be have a little dur at the end of April 2013

  6. Stacy M. 6 November 2013 at 12:16 pm Permalink

    I bought my Pembroke from a fabulous breeder in North Carolina, USA. From the day that I brought her home, she has been an absolute joy and a great addition to our family. She does shed quite a bit, but a good brushing eliminates much of the problem. She took to my other dog, a yellow Labrador Retriever, as if she were her mother. Scarlett O’Hara, because she is red with white and because I love Gone With the Wind, is now 9.5 years old. I would definitely get another Pembroke since we lost our Lab to renal failure, but we had to take my son’s Lab mix puppy. I highly recommend Corgi’s to anyone who wants a medium sized and quite sturdy dog.

  7. Anne M. 18 November 2014 at 4:26 pm Permalink

    My daughter has a very sweet Pembroke named Betty. Despite being a dog lover, and having had many dogs in the past, I knew nothing about Corgis. Was I surprised! Betty is well behaved, playful, fun loving, and just all round adorable! If I outlive my current dog, a Border Collie, I may consider getting a Corgi myself.

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