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Welsh Corgi, Pembroke





The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has erect ears, and proportional to the equilateral triangle of the head. They should also be firm, medium in size, and tapered slightly to a rounded point. The head should be foxy in shape and appearance. Pembroke Welsh Corgis differ from the closely related Cardigan Welsh Corgi by being shorter in length, having smaller ears, and being slightly straighter of leg. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a "fairy saddle", somewhat lighter markings on each side of the withers caused by changes in the thickness, length and direction of hair growth. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi sheds mostly in the spring and fall and may shed annually, with intact females shedding during heat.

Many breed faults exist, some which may acknowledge genetic health conditions: "Fluffies" are Corgis which have very long coats, and "bluies," are a dilute color. In a "bluie," red coats seem to have a bluish cast.

Some Pembroke Welsh Corgis are born with a natural docked tail. Others may have their tails docked between 2–5 days old due to historical tradition or as a measure of confirmation to the Breed Standard . Artificial docking was born of necessity given the Pembroke's function as a herding dog in the United Kingdom. According to Tax Law any companion canine was considered a luxury. Thus, pet/companion owners were levied a tax. However, dog owners who kept dogs for working purposes such as herding were exempt from the tax. In order to claim the exemption, owners had to ensure that the dogs sported docked or bobbed tails. The Kennel Club, the United Kennel Club, and the FCI allow intact tails in Conformation shows. The AKC Standard states tails should be docked no longer than 2 inches (5 cm). In many countries, docking has been deemed illegal.

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