Do you have a Corgi? Get your pup a special treat! Today, March 1, is National Welsh Corgi Day! Fun, lovable, and affectionate, the Welsh Corgi is a truly wonderful pet, and definitely one worth celebrating. Read on as a local vet discusses these lovable, fluffy pooches.
The Corgi is a small dog with a really big heart. As you probably guessed, Fido is originally from Wales. The breed name is taken from the words Cor, which means dwarf, and Ci, which means dog. Like many other herding dogs, these guys are extremely smart. They’re also loyal, lovable, and playful, and just have a way of melting the hearts of pretty much everyone they meet.
There are two strains of Welsh Corgis: Cardigan and Pembroke. Both were named for the specific Welsh counties that these lines originated in. They are very similar in appearance and personality, though the Cardigan does have a slightly longer body, as well as a bigger head. However, there are some key differences between them. For instance, eye problems are much more prevalent in the Pembroke Welsh Corgi than the Cardigan. The Pembroke is also the more popular of the two, in good part because of the visibility and status they achieved as beloved pets of England’s Queen Elizabeth II.
As mentioned above, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II had a huge soft spot for these dogs. This love story started back in the 30’s, when Prince Albert purchased a Corgi named Rozavel Golden Eagle, or Dookie for short. In true Corgi fashion, Dookie immediately charmed the socks off the royal family. Princess Elizabeth soon got her own Pembroke Corgi, which was named Susan. (Fun fact: Susan was in the royal carriage with the Queen at her marriage to Prince Phillip, hidden under some rugs.) Susan had puppies, and their descendants have been charming the royals ever since. Between 1933 and 2018, the Queen always had at least one Corgi. However, she stopped breeding the dogs back in 2015, so as not to leave any bereaved pups behind after her death.
The Queen might be the Corgi’s most widely-known fan, but she isn’t the only one. Other celebrities that have picked these sweet, charming dogs as pets include Steven King, Keifer Sutherland, and the recently-deceased (and much beloved) Betty White.
These lovable pups have featured in several books, plays, and movies. Fido had a starring role in The Queen’s Corgi. He’s also appeared in Little Dog Lost and, more recently, Cowboy Bebop and the animated Infinity Train.
Do you have questions about Corgi care? Contact us, your animal clinic, anytime!