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National Welsh Corgi Day – March 1, 2023

National Welsh Corgi Day is celebrated on March 1 every year. This is a pet holiday, so dog lovers should not miss it. The Welsh Corgi originated in Wales and is a small type of herding dog. The name ‘corgi’ comes from the Welsh words ‘cor’ and ‘ci,’ meaning ‘dwarf’ and ‘dog,’ respectively. Two separate breeds of corgi are recognized: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. They have physical differences. According to the breed standards, overall the Cardigan is heavier and larger, and their tails are of different shapes.

History of National Welsh Corgi Day

National Welsh Corgi Day was celebrated for the first time by the Omaha Corgi Crew. The Omaha Corgi Crew was created in December 2011 by a group of friends who all shared a love of vertically-challenged herding dogs with big hearts. The Omaha Corgi Crew is based in Omaha, Nebraska and the surrounding area, as the name suggests.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi history seems to be untraceable. Corgis’ origins are mentioned in tales and folklore and even contain ties to the wee folk of the British Isles. According to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, Pembroke’s corgis are believed to have their ancestry date back to at least the 10th century. However, it is unknown whether they are descended from the Swedish Vallhunds that were possibly brought by the Vikings, or from the ancestors of the present-day Schipperkes and Pomeranians brought to Wales by Flemish weavers.

This breed of dog was known as ‘heelers’ because of their short stature and quick agility. They were used to maneuver large groups of bigger animals to make them move faster. These dogs are also known as the ‘dwarf’ dog or the ‘cur’ dog. The latter name comes from the Nordic word ‘kurra’ meaning ‘to growl.’ There are also some interesting stories about corgis. One ancient story suggests that corgis came to humans when two children stumbled upon a fairy funeral in the woods. The fairies gave two corgi puppies to the children. The rougher fur at the base of the corgi’s haunches is said to be the saddle line from when the fairies used them as war horses.

National Welsh Corgi Day timeline

1925
The First Corgis Appear in Wales

Captain J. P. Howell calls together a meeting of breeders of both the Pembroke and the Cardigan varieties and forms the Welsh Corgi Club.

1928
The First Corgi Championship

The first Championship is awarded at a Cardiff show to a red and white Pembroke female dog called Shan Fach.

1933
Welsh Corgis are Brought to the U.S.

Welsh Corgis are brought to the United States by American breeder Mrs. Lewis Roesler.

2011
The Omaha Corgi Crew is Created

The Omaha Corgi Crew is created in December.

National Welsh Corgi Day FAQs

How much is a corgi puppy?

Depending on the breeder, a corgi puppy can cost between $700 and $2,000 or more!

Are corgis easy to take care of?

Corgis are easy-to-train, smart, and have an easy-care, dirt-repelling coat.

Do corgis need a yard?

Corgis love to run and play but don’t need a huge yard to roam.

National Welsh Corgi Day Activities

  1. Host a corgi gathering

    This is a great opportunity to host a corgi gathering near you. You will be able to see a lot of corgis there.

  2. Check out photos of corgis

    There are plenty of corgi photos and videos on the internet. You can browse them to become even more familiar with this breed.

  3. Enjoy the day with your pet

    It doesn't matter if your best friend is a corgi or not. Enjoy the day with your pet in the park or wherever you like on this day.

5 Interesting Facts About Corgis

  1. Queen Elizabeth II loves corgis

    The Queen of Britain has four dogs, two of them corgis.

  2. The two breeds have similar average lifespans

    The median age of death is 12 years, three months for Pembrokes, and 12 years, two months for Cardigans.

  3. Pembrokes engage in ‘frapping’

    This dog may tire itself out by running around in circles, dashing from room to room.

  4. A Pembroke was the mascot for Amazon

    In the early years of “Amazon.com,” a Pembroke named Rufus, who belonged to the editor-in-chief and principal engineer, came with them to work every day.

  5. They are said to be ‘enchanted’ dogs

    Welsh legend says the fairies and elves of Wales used the Pembroke Welsh Corgi to work fairy cattle, serve as the steed for fairy warriors, and pull fairy coaches.

Why We Love National Welsh Corgi Day

  1. Everyone loves dogs

    It does not matter which breed a dog is, they are loved by everyone. Dogs are man’s best friend and corgis are something special.

  2. Corgis are adorable creatures

    The cuteness of corgis has led the world to be infatuated with them. Undying loyalty and unconditional love have become synonymous with corgis.

  3. Corgis are the perfect canine companions

    Corgis are known to be affectionate and obedient to their human families. This makes them the perfect choice for families who have children or stay-at-home folks.

National Welsh Corgi Day dates

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