Since we are pondering on all things to do with the Olympics, here’s a very British breed, the Welsh Corgi.
According to the Embrace breed profile for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi:
The Cardigan is the Corgi with the tail but he stands out from his cousin, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, in other ways, including his larger, more rounded ears and wide variety of colors. His weight ranges from 25 to 38 pounds, making him a little larger than the Pembroke as well.
Although the Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis were both developed in Wales and share the name Corgi, they have different ancestry: twin sons of different mothers, you might say. The Cardigan, nick-named the yard-long dog in his home shire of Cardigan, shares ancestors with another long breed, the Dachshund. Unlike the Dachshund, the Cardi was used to drive cattle by nipping at their heels. Today he’s a companion and show dog, but he still has strong herding instincts.
And from Wikipedia about Pembroke Welsh Corgis:
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi lineage has been traced back as far as 1107 AD. It is said that the Vikings and Flemish weavers brought the dogs with them as they traveled to reside in Wales. As far back as the 10th century, Corgis were herding sheep, geese, ducks, horses and cattle as one of the oldest herding breed of dogs. Pembrokes have proven themselves as excellent companions and are outstanding competitors in sheepdog trials and dog agility.
And you probably already know that the Queen of England is a longtime owner and breeder of Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
Both Welsh Corgis are pretty healthy breeds in general. Some health conditions that have been seen in the breed are hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease and eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
One of the fun dog blogs that I love is The Daily Corgi. If you are a corgi fan, you can immerse yourself in all things Corgi there.
And finally, for me, the highlight of the 2012 Olympic Games Opening ceremonies was James Bond and the Queen making their entrance with special guests, the Queen’s corgis playing themselves. No stunt doubles required. Enjoy!