Catch the wind

Catch the wind

Thursday, August 02, 2018

...enchanted dogs?

Have you ever heard of ENCHANTED DOGS ? Well, amazingly enough, it’s true. They really do exist. Of all the dogs in the world, only this small breed of super pups has the distinction of being enchanted.


Legend has they were born in the lairs of fairies and given to mankind as a gift.  These happy hounds slip away to play among the fairies and elves in the Welsh countryside of England. They pull tiny coaches and herd miniature cattle. The fairy and elf warriors are carried into battle on these swift and fearless steedsIf you have a keen eye, you can see the "fairy saddle" across the  shoulders of their coat. 
Drawing by: Ruth Sanderson
goldenwoodstudio.com

                                 
Who are these charmed canines? Pembroke Welsh Corgis! Friendly, loving, energetic, playful, agile, intelligent, bold and incredibly loyal, these cool little critters have all the traits that make for a welcome addition to the family. And, if you just happen to be raising cattle, sheep or goats, they are world class herding dog. They might even herd your kids. Lol

Photo credit: AKC












The Corgi is at home on land and in the water. He is a tenacious competitor and goes all out to win. He ranks consistently in the top percent in agility competitions and obedience trials. He’s a small dog with a big heart. If you want to see a short YouTube video of a Corgi in competitive action at the AKC National Agility Championship Finals, click here

Photos: AKC archives

There are two distinct breeds of Corgi, the Pembroke and the Cardigan. They were recognized as separate in 1934 by the EKC (English Kennel Club) and in 1935 by the AKC (American Kennel Club). The Cardigan originated in Cardiganshire while the Pembroke in Pembrokeshire. The Cardigan has a tail, while the Pembroke is docked close to the body. The Pembroke has a shorter body and pointed ears. The Cardigan’s ears are rounded at the tips. 

The name has no definite origin. It may be a combination of cor and gi which in Welsh means dwarf dog. Other theories suggest it may be the Celtic word for “dog,” or might have come from the English words "cur dog" or "cur." Also, there are references to Corgwin, the plural of Corgi, in songs of praise from the 14th and 15th centuries. 

Corgi history dates back beyond the 10th century. There are several theories about how they came to Wales. They might have been brought by the Vikings in the 800s, or perhaps by Flemish weavers in the 1100s.  

Originally, they were bred to run in front of cattle and chase off predators or neighboring herds. Later they became herding dogs, running behind the cattle and nipping at their feet to keep them moving. Their ability to perform many tasks was a welcome trait for the farmers. They could herd any animal in the field or drive them to the market. They were excellent pets and served as watch dog for both family and stock. 

The most well known owner of this delightful breed of dog is Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. She has owned and bred them since she was a child. It's reported, over the years, she has had more than 30 of them. The "Royal Corgis" have helped popularize the breed. Sadly, the last of the original line came to an end. 

Photo credit: Left - Press archives     Right -Vanity Fair Magazine August 2015


Corgi info:
Temperament: Tenacious, Outgoing , Friendly, Bold, Playful, Protective
Lifespan: 12 - 14 years
Weight: Male: 22-31 lbs (10-14 kg) Female: 22-29 lbs (10-13 kg)
Colors: Fawn, Black & Gold, Blue Belton, Tan, Blue, Sable 

If you’d like a Pembroke Corgi of your own, it might be helpful to read the following article: Pembroke Welsh Corgi Temperament: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em. Click here.

This enchanted, lovable pooch will win your heart. 
…happy dog days from Lenny

20 comments:

  1. Hi Lenny - you got a post up - that's wonderful ... I think that Prince William mentioned the Queen's Corgis are always yapping and underfoot! While apparently when they met Meghan Markle ... she beguiled them and they're as docile as anything - lying on her feet when she was having tea with the Queen. As we know the Queen loves her Welsh corgis ...

    Seems like the 'Suits' American has used her obvious natural charm and won the Queen of Corgis over?!

    I didn't know anything about the myths that the Corgis have garnered over the millennia - fascinating ... so much to draw on from this kind of creative writing ... clever - and I loved the post - thanks for putting another up ...

    Cheers and big hugs - GrandBlogMom

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  2. Great post about a great dog, Lenny! I’ve always loved Corgis, but I didn’t know any of their history or that they could be so athletic!

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  3. I always think of the Queen when I see a Corgi - they are such happy looking dogs!!
    I probably could have used one to herd up my kids when they were little :)

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  4. So nice to hear from you, Lenny. Thank you for such an informative post. One of my blogger friends loves dogs and I shall direct her to read your post.
    I hope that all is well with you . Take care of yourself. Hugs 😊

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  5. I've missed hearing from you, Lenny! I have always loved Corgi's. :-) There is another enchanted dog: the Foo dog. Harry Dresden, the private detective wizard, has one called Mouse though he is bigger than a Great Dane! http://dresdenfiles.wikia.com/wiki/Mouse

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  6. What a great article, Lenny! I can tell you’ done a lot of research. Walt would like a working dog like a corgi if he retires to cattle ranching.

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  7. Hello Lenny. It's a long time since I've been to your blog. I love dogs and this was a wonderful article about dogs. So many different types of these gorgeous creatures. Personally, I have a little chihuahua who is utterly adorable.
    (You might want to update my URL. I have moved to : dencovey.blogspot.com

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  8. Corgis are adorable! But I didn't know they were good working dogs, too. Great post!

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  9. Wonderfully written, Lenny! And lots of awesome information. I've always loved watching Corgis run because they seem to prance around like they're dancing. Haha! Really great to see you writing here again! xx

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  10. How lovely Lenny - I didn't know they were enchanted dogs although I do know they are enchanting. I have know several people who owned one or more corgis and always found them delightful.

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  11. How nice to enjoy your blog with this well thought out, informative and delightful post! They are cute dogs, but I'm sure most people, like myself, don't know much about them other than the queen having them. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. What an interesting post! I had no idea of their long and rich history. Thank you, Lenny. Have a great week! :)

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  13. Hey Lenny! I've missed you. I love corgis. They are so fun!

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  14. When I get another dog, I want a small one like a Corgi. Hope you are doing well.

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  15. I kinda think all dogs are enchanted. No matter what the breed. Corgis are lovely dogs, and like a lot of other people, I associate them with the queen. However, they aren't the best breed to have around young children. At least, that's what the vet told my friend when her Corgi attacked my son many years ago when he was lying on the floor watching TV with her children. They found a new home for their dog after that... with an older couple with no children.

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  16. Hey Lenny!

    Young dude, apologies for my taking so darned long in actually getting here and leaving a comment.

    Of course, as you well know, I live with an enchanted dog! Thanks for that info of Corgis. Penny wants to go to Buckingham Palace and sort out the Queen's corgis 😀🐶

    You take good care and a delight to see a blog post from you, Lenny.

    Penny's human dad,

    Gary

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  17. Super post! I didn't know half of this about Corgis. Gary put up a link on Twitter, so I came over to see what it was about. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Oh, and I lived in Georgia for 13 years, just moved to Ohio!

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