The Welsh Corgi: History of the breed
The Welsh Corgi Pembroke belongs to FCI Group 1 "Shepherd and Herding Dogs".
Originally, they were bred as fearless shepherd's helpers, who would throw themselves at the feet of steers and make them change their trajectory. Of course, it is worth noting that under ‘bulls’ we mean small Welsh calves, not the massive cows we are used to seeing these days. Corgis were also used as guards of farmyards, protecting it against the encroachments of various birds of prey and rodents. Always on the alert, the Welsh Corgi roamed with poultry on the free range, protecting them from predators. They also helped to corral chickens and geese in the evenings.
In those days, huge flocks of geese were raised in Wales, which was the main source of income for many farmyards. It was commonplace to ferry these goose flocks to market. The geese would be herded along the road, and the corgis did an excellent job of stopping any attempts to escape.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was also known as a badger hound. Moreover, in America Pembrokes were exhibited in the group of terriers until 1934.
These days, Pembrokes can still be used to control all kinds of pets, from feathered animals to calves and piglets. Corgis are also very effective rat catchers.