CONTRIBUTIONS FROM KIM WARNER, GARETH CROSS AND SUZANNA VAN EEGHAN.
‘Corgis are personality plus and are always ready to join in whatever fun their human family may suggest’.
This quote from a book by Susan M. Ewing clearly demonstrates why Pembroke Corgis are so well suited to almost any canine discipline whether as a competitor or just for fun.
In addition, a quote from the breed standard (below) can leave us in no doubt about the qualities inherent in this intelligent, active breed and why Corgis are such a joy to train and compete.
Low set, strong, sturdily built, alert and active, giving impression of substance and stamina in a small space.
Bold in outlook, workmanlike.
Outgoing and friendly, never nervous, or aggressive.
Yes, Pembroke Corgis can be (endearingly) stubborn and strong willed with their own ideas, but this is exactly why they so enjoy being kept active and delight in learning new things. A bored corgi can be, well let’s say a challenge!!
Developing a partnership with your corgi through training and competing in any of the many canine disciplines can, for owner and corgi alike, be a hugely rewarding thing to do.
This section of the website provides a brief introduction to 3 of the most popular canine disciplines e.g. agility, obedience and showing and includes signposting to sources of more detailed information.
Pembroke Corgis are currently competing in all of these disciplines, but they also participate in many others such as Rally (rallynews.co.uk), Scent Work (scentworkuk.com), Canicross (canifit.com) and Herding. Of course herding was the historical ‘job’ of the Pembroke Corgi and many still work cattle and sheep on farms. In the UK Herding is not a specific corgi sport, however it is much more prevalent in other countries such as USA and Australia.
In the past there was even a corgi that was a very proficient gun dog!
To compete in Kennel Club registered competitions your dog must be registered on the Kennel Club's Breed Register or Activity Register (depending on your chosen activity).
The Kennel Club website has information about all canine activities/sports. Visit the Kennel Club website