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Cardigan Welsh corgi
Other names Welsh corgi
Country of origin Wales
Weight Male 27 lbs (12¼ Kg)
Female 25 lbs (11⅓ Kg)
Height Male 10-12.5" (25.5-30.5 cm)
Female 10-12.5" (25.5-30.5 cm)
Coat Short or medium length
Color Any color
Life span 11.7 years

The corgi (or Welsh corgi) is a small breed of dog. It comes from Wales.

There are two breeds: the Pembroke Welsh corgi and the Cardigan Welsh corgi. Queen Elizabeth II has kept pet Pembroke Welsh corgis since she was seven years old.

Corgis have a long torso and short legs, large bones, and a very short tail. Corgis were originally bred as herding dogs. They are very active and like exercise. They are intelligent and have good memories.


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Pembroke Welsh corgi: the breed Queen Elizabeth II keeps

Outside Wales, corgis have been made popular by Queen Elizabeth II. She usually had at least four as pets and once as many as thirteen. Her first corgi was named Susan. She mated Susan and her current dogs are still offspring of that breeding. She now has two corgis who are about twelve years old. Some portraits of Queen Elizabeth II show her holding a corgi or a few around her.

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