Health Of The Pembroke


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a relatively healthy breed with fewer health issues than a lot of other breeds.

Health problems that can occur in the Pembroke Corgi fall into two categories, environment and genetic. The environmental problem is obesity and as like humans this can be reduced by regular exercise and cutting down on titbits.

Information taken from the Welsh Corgi League’s Health Surveys conducted over a number of years and results of the Kennel Club Health Survey carried out in 2004, cancer was the most common cause of health issues. Other conditions we know exist in the breed are Von Willibrands Disease (vWD), which is a blood clotting disorder and Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) a progressive disease of the spinal cord causing weakness in the hind limbs. This disease typically starts between 8 and 12 years. Both these conditions are under extensive research in the U.S.A.

The Welsh Corgi League in conjunction with a majority of the Dual Breed Clubs has set up a Health Committee to look into the Health and Welfare of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. This committee has been in contact with the Animal Health Trust (AHT) to ask for their help identifying any health issues it feels we need to address.

We will soon provide links to organisations that provide Tests for vWD (type 1) and Degenerative Myelopathy (DM).