In my never ending quest to assimilate more Corgi knowledge and then, in turn, disseminate it to the millions of readers of this website, I have gathered all the relevant/pertinent information from Susan Ewing’s masterpiece, “The Pembroke Welsh Corgi – Family Friend and Farmhand” and condensed down to book report size. I’ve already covered the highlights of chapter 1. Now onto the meaty portion of the book:
Chapter 2 discusses the origins of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Breed. First, notice the capitalization! Thank you Chapter 1. Interestingly, a theory proposed by W. Lloyd Thomas in 1935 suggested that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and Pembroke Welsh Corgi originated as two entirely unrelated breeds. Thomas was undoubtedly a founding member of ilovecorgis.com. He only decided to publish his work in the American Kennel Club Gazette as most people did not have internet access in 1935 and he wanted his theory spread widely.
Further history on the origins of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was postulated by Clifford Hubbard, another fine Corgi historian. His theory traces the Pembroke to an original Welsh Corgi herding dog that mixed with a Swedish cattle dog, the Vallhund, with the Viking invasions. Looking at the pictures of Vallhunds, I undoubtedly see Bling’s face, and the lovable features of all Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
The stances and poses of the Vallhund look Corgi-esque and the body shape and lack of a tail are identical. Heck, the Corgi silhouette that is our logo could actually have been a Vallhund. I think Hubbard was spot on!
Another, more disconcerting theory that Ewing mentions states that Corgis come from the Nordic dog breed the Lundehund. I won’t even show pictures of this breed on this post for a few reasons:
1. The pictures look nothing like a Corgi. Google it yourself if you must, but the idea is preposterous! Trust me, I’m saving you some time. That’s what this site is all about. In fairness, the color patterns of the Lundehund are similar, but the face, ears and even body look nothing like the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
2. Apparently Lundehunds were bred to hunt Puffins. Only my
most second favorite animal (Corgis are now #1 duh). Still, it would be too much of a contradiction to learn that ancestors of my favorite animal were used to hunt my second favorite animal. My universe just can’t handle such a contradiction.
3. Vallhund is a cooler sounding name, and the fact that Corgis may have come from a Viking breed makes them seem even tougher, and more awesome (if that was possible). I’ve always maintained the toughness and grit of Pembroke Welsh Corgis. They must have Viking ancestry!
So I’m sticking with the Vallhund theory as the truth.
Next time: Chapter 3 and beyond!