Pembroke Corgi is a short, stocky dog with short legs and a fox face. Their straight fur, of medium length, is water-resistant and can be red, sable black, brown, black with brown, with or without white spots. An adult Pembroke measures 10-12 inches, males weighing 22-27 pounds, and females 20-24 pounds.
Records show that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog breed has existed since 920 BC. It is believed that they were created by Flemish weavers and were very popular in the 14th and 18th centuries as herd dogs. Corgi Cardigan and Pembroke were recognized as separate breeds in 1934.
How much does it cost a Pembroke Welsh Corgi?
If you are planning to own a Pembroke Welsh Corgi be prepared to pay anywhere between $760 and $1,850 for a puppy, with an average cost of $1,100. In the first year of life of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, you will spend around $3,800 and after that almost $1,150 per year (or $96 per month). During the lifetime of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, you will spend around $17,500.
At this price, you’ll get the essentials like the food, licenses, training, medical costs, grooming, microchipping, and treats. The extra costs like pet insurance, spaying and neutering, or dog walking services are not included. Taking into consideration these additional costs as well, you will spend anywhere between $64,000 and $125,500 for owning a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
In order to have a better understanding of what costs are involved in owning a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, we split them into more categories as you can see below.
According to most online ads, the average cost of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi under 6 months old is anywhere between $755 and $1,850, with an average cost of $1,100. However, the most expensive purebred puppies may cost even $3,550.
The cost of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy will depend on some factors such as:
– age: expect to pay a higher price for a younger puppy;
– purebred or mixed: purebred dogs will be always more expensive than mixed breeds;
– coat color and markings: puppies with a specific fur color or a certain color combination will cost more;
– training and socialization: expect to pay more for a trained and socialized dog;
– breeder’s reputation and bloodline: the cost will increase if the puppy’s parents are purebred show quality dogs from a reputable breeder;
– medical expenses and health screening: reputable breeders will maintain their dogs healthy by testing/evaluating them periodically for any medical conditions, resulting in a higher cost;
– breed popularity in the buyer’s location: the cost will be affected by the local supply and demand;
– registration paper/pedigree: if your puppy is registered in a kennel club such as the American Kennel Club (AKC) it will cost more.
In the first year you should plan on spending anywhere between $155 and $655 for supplies and after that $60 to $265 per year, depending on the quality of the products, the place you purchase them from, the brand, and the location. In the table below you will find the average costs of the supplies needed in order to own a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
|Supplies Prices||Range||Average Cost|
|Toenail Clippers||$5 – $20||$10|
|Tooth-brushing Kit||$5 – $15||$10|
|Shampoo||$5 – $20||$10|
|Brush||$5 – $45||$15|
|Dog Bed (24″ or 30″)||$15 – $65||$35|
|Dog Crate (24″ or 30″)||$20 – $80||$40|
|Plastic Poop Bags (900-1080)||$15 – $110||$55|
|Pooper Scooper||$10 – $30||$20|
|House Training Pads (75-100)||$15 – $45||$25|
|Stains and Odors Removal Spray||$5 – $20||$10|
|Toys||$15 – $50||$30|
|ID Tag with Phone Number||$5 – $20||$10|
|Leash||$5 – $20||$10|
|Dog Collars (x2)||$5 – $40||$20|
|Food & Water Bowls||$5 – $20||$15|
Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs have a strong will of their own, they like to be in charge and will stand heroically in front of any trainer. He prefers to do things his way, which is why it takes a lot of patience to train these dogs. Positive rewards and goodies will capture his attention and make him respond to commands. Once the command line has been established, and the dog has understood who the boss is, Corgi will respond excellently to the training and will enjoy learning new commands. Once the initial listening training is complete, these dogs should be advanced to special skills training classes. This is a dog who likes to learn new games and who needs training all his life.
However, expect to spend anywhere between $1,100 and $1, 450 for basic dog training.
According to Leslie Brooks, DVM, a licensed veterinarian, you will spend anywhere between $400 and $800 in the first year of owning a Corgi puppy and anywhere between $340 and $740 per year in the following period.
Also, you should plan on spending anywhere between $55 to $310 as a one-time fee for neutering/spaying your Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy.
It is recommended to have at least three vet visits in the first year of a Corgi’s life and one visit will cost anywhere between $70 and $175. These estimates will cover the essential vaccines, fecal exam, and the first three doses of flea and heartworm prevention. Also, you will have to spend $15 to $20 per month on flea and heartworm prevention.
Depending on the owner’s lifestyle and activities, a Corgi will need some more vaccines against some diseases such as:
- influenza, which cost anywhere between $75 and $95;
- leptospirosis, which cost anywhere between $17 and $28;
- Lyme, which costs anywhere between $65 and $85 including a booster shot.
For each optional booster of these vaccines, you will have to pay $17 to $50 each.
Adult Pembroke Welsh Corgis are recommended to have at least one vet check-up per year. Expect to pay anywhere between $130 and $270 for a vet visit, where a general examination will be done, along with all the needed vaccines and a heartworm test. For flea and heartworm prevention you will spend $70 to $200 each per year.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed is a breed that has quite a few health risks compared to other breeds. Among the diseases that can occur in this breed are the following:
- Hip dysplasia and shoulder dysplasia, most often occur with the aging of dogs of this breed. It is best to find out if the dog’s parents have suffered or are suffering from such a disease;
- Disc herniation is a condition in which the intervertebral disc degenerates and no longer absorbs intervertebral shocks. This causes the disc to push into the spinal cord, causing severe pain, paralysis, and lack of control over the bladder.
- Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive degeneration of the spinal cord nerve tissue in the back area. May cause paralysis, weakening of the body and slowing of the hind legs.
In the table below you will find the costs associated with some of the most common diseases a Pembroke Welsh Corgi may have during its life.
|Health Problem||Likelihood||Treatment Cost Estimate|
|Allergies||Medium||$100 – $2,200 per year|
|Intervertebral Disc Disease||High||$300 – $4,300|
|Degenerative Myelopathy||Medium||$550 – $3,200|
|Dental Disease||High||$440 – $900|
Pet insurance cost
According to the latest North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s State of the Industry report, you will have to pay around $200 per year only for accident coverage and around $570 for the illness and accident coverage plans.
An adult Corgi usually weighs between 22 and 27 pounds, and the maximum weight it can reach is 30 pounds. For a dog with such a body mass, it will not only count how much it weighs but also the level of activity sustained to determine the right amount of food.
For a less active Corgi, 614 calories a day are enough. For a Corgi who maintains a moderate level of physical activity, the caloric index is close to 767 calories per day while a working/very active specimen will require between 1074 and 1535 calories per day to maintain its required caloric intake.
Obesity is one of the predispositions of this breed, but a very active Corgi needs a high enough caloric level to be able to sustain its activity.
You should plan on spending anywhere between $80 and $180 per year for a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy and anywhere between $75 and $230 per year for an adult dog. In the table below you will find the average cost of dog food for some of the most common brands.
|Puppy Food Brands||Quantity per Bag||Number of Bags / Year||Unit Price||Total Price|
|Purina One – Smart Blend Puppy||16.5 lb.||7||$30||$90|
|Purina – Puppy Chow||36 lb.||3||$25||$175|
|Blue Buffalo – Puppy||30 lb.||4||$30||$85|
|Pedigree – Puppy||36 lb.||3||$50||$185|
Depending on the size of the dog, health and age, coat condition, behavior of the dog, and the services you are going to purchase, expect to pay anywhere between $45 and $60 for a dog grooming session at a salon.
If you prefer to groom your dog at home plan on spending anywhere between $28 and $300 for a grooming kit.
What are the extra costs?
There are some extra costs involved in owning a Pembroke Welsh Corgi such as microchipping, dog walking and boarding, and licensing. In the table below you will find the average costs of these addons.
|Additional Costs||Range||Average Cost|
|Microchip||$25 – $60||$40|
|License||$10 – $30||$20|
|Dog Boarding (per day)||$25 – $95||$45|
|Dog Walking (per walk)||$15 – $35||$25|
Important things to consider
Like all breeds, early socializing and training classes for puppies are highly recommended. Exposing puppies to a wide variety of people, places, and situations between the ages of 7 weeks and 4 months will help them develop as well-mannered adult dogs.
Pembroke dogs are generally easy to care for, but the biggest problem with them is the changing of their fur. You need to brush it every day and more often during the period when it sheds its fur completely. You only have to bathe them when they really need to, but if you can do it more often, you’ll notice that this helps prevent the fur from shedding.
Like all breeds, the nails of a Corgi should be trimmed regularly and the ears should be checked to make sure they are clean and healthy.
He is an energetic, active, brave, and intelligent dog, but sometimes quite stubborn. Hardworking and alert, he attaches himself to his master. He also accepts children if they do not tease him.
How can I save money?
A more affordable option when thinking about owning a Pembroke Welsh Corgi would be adoption. Depending on the location, the rehoming fees would be anywhere between $55 and $510.