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

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


  1. Hi Lenny - I hadn't realised I hadn't commented ... probably when I was having a bad time in Canada ... but Corgis are definitely the Queen's favourite - though not Prince William's!!

    They are beloved by many ... and you've written a wonderful evocation to them ... personally not my favourite - but we all have our quirks!! Cheers and all the best with your writing and poetry ... Hilary

  2. Hmm ... I wonder if Lenny owns a Corgi. :-)


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