These compact dogs have a long history of valiant dairy farm work.
While the earliest history of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is difficult to trace, there is substantial evidence that the breed’s ancestors were brought to Wales in the 12th century by Flemish weavers who were encouraged by King Edward III to settle in Britain. When the weavers established farmsteads, the dogs were quickly put to work herding cattle, sheep, and ducks. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi we know today was developed in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and first appeared in the show ring in 1925. The Pembroke probably existed in its current form well before 1925, but since it was known primarily as a farm dog, it was slow to attract the interest of breeders.