Tail or No Tail?
So every single day, Mom visits Frankie & Tucker, and takes them for a walk, feeds them lunch, gives them a treat and kisses them on the nose. Frankie & Tucker are Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
Then, four days a week but twice a day, Mom visits Merlin & Raz and takes them for a LONG walk, gives them a little cup of goat's milk, and kisses them on the nose. Merlin & Raz are Cardigan Welsh Corgis.
So what is the difference you might want to know? I know you want to know because I want to know, but Mom suggested I take a look at some photo graphs of everyone and see if I could guess without resorting to dragging my Mouse Person out of bed.
This is Frankie (who is a girl, by the way)
This is Raz
This is Tucker
This is Merlin..............
Frankie, on the left, Tucker on the right.
"So?", Mom asked me. "What's the difference in these breeds?" Oh Boy, I hate tests.
Well lets see: Frankie and Tucker are always outside, and Raz & Merlin are always inside? WRONG
..... O.K. then..... Frankie and Tucker are brown and Raz & Merlin are Black/Brindle? WRONG
--------- so my final guess. Frankie and Tucker have NO TAILS, and Raz & Merlin have TAILS???????
Since I passed the test on my third try, Mom said we could fly over to our friends at Wikipedia and see what they had to say.
The Cardigan (Raz & Merlin for example) is one of the oldest breeds of dog in Britain and has been employed for centuries by Welsh farmers to herd cattle, herding the owner's livestock to grazing areas and driving the neighbor's cattle out of gardens and open pastures. In early settlements these dogs were prized family members, helping hunt game and guarding children. Cardigans are the larger of the two breeds, with large rounded ears and a foxy, flowing tail of moderate length set in line with the body. Though it is allowed more colors than the Pembroke, white should not predominate the coat. The Cardigan is a double-coated dog where the outer coat is dense, slightly harsh in texture, and of medium length. The dog's undercoat is short, soft, and thick. The breed stands about 12 inches (30 cm) at the shoulder and weighs about 30 pounds (14 kg). The Cardigan is sturdy, tough, mobile, alert, active, intelligent, steady, and neither shy nor aggressive.
Mom says that is a pretty good example of Merlin and Raz
The Pembroke is believed to have been introduced to Wales by Flemish weavers about 1100, though 920 is also a suggested date. Another possibility for this corgi's origin is breeding between Cardigans and the Swedish Vallhund, a spitz-type dog closely resembling the Pembroke and brought to Wales by Norse invaders.The breed features pointed ears and is somewhat smaller in stature than the Cardigan. Considered a practical little dog, they are low-set, strong and sturdy with sufficient stamina to work a day on the farm, but friendly and out-going as well. The dog's head is fox-like and the tail short, which can be accomplished through breeding or docking. Historically, the Pembroke was a breed with a natural bob tail (a very short tail), and today, if the Pembroke has a tail at all, it is usually curly. Due to the advent of tail docking in dogs, the bob tail was not aggressively pursued, with breeders focusing instead on other characteristics, and the tail artificially shortened if need be. Given that some countries now ban docking, breeders are again attempting to select dogs with the genes for natural bob tails. Pembrokes stand from 10 inches (25 cm) to 12 inches (30 cm) and weigh approximately 28 pounds (13 kg).
Because I am never satisfied with just plain old facts, I wanted to find out some "fun facts" about Corgi's and HERE they are:
Outside Wales, corgis have been made popular by Queen Elizabeth II who has at least four in her retinue at all times. Her first corgi was called Susan. She currently keeps five corgis and four Dorgis (corgi/dachshund cross). Some portraits of Queen Elizabeth II include a corgi.
Corgis as characters were incorporated into the storybook fantasies Corgiville Fair, The Great Corgiville Kidnapping, and Corgiville Christmas of American author and illustrator Tasha Tudor. In 1961, the Walt Disney film, Little Dog Lost, brought the Pembroke Corgi widespread publicity. In the anime Cowboy Bebop, the main characters have a super-intelligent Pembroke Welsh corgi, Ein, on their ship.
A series of American mystery novels by author Rita Mae Brown, ostensibly written with the assistance of her cat Sneaky Pie, features a pet corgi named Tee Tucker. The dog collaborates with a fellow pet cat named Pewter and other animals in their Virginia community to assist postmistress "Harry" Hairisteen without her knowledge in solving murders.
The Top Shelf graphic novel Korgi plays on the folklore tradition of the corgi as a faerie draft animal. It features the "Mollies" (fairy-like beings) who live in close relationship with the land and their Korgi friends, who are based on and resemble the Pembroke Welsh corgi.
And if you want to know what a Dorgi looks like..........
here is one, complete with THE QUEEN
and here are some more
Frankly, I think the Queen should have left well enough alone, but I guess I don't want her to know that.
So..... tail or no tail? That seems to be the solution to the Pembroke/Cardigan question, but Mom says she doesn't care at all. She says they are all sweet and all different in their own ways, and that has nothing to do with a tail or the absence of a tail. She says it is all about THE HEART.
Love and Licks,
------- please don't tell my bro Rusty about Dorgi's.
---------------- he will want to have one move in with us. Yipes
Oh and guess what?....... Mom says that occasionally she gets to visit THREE other Cardigan Welsh Corgi's named Romeo, Julietta and Gabriella. We are going to ask their Mom and Dad to send us some photo graphs of those three, so you can meet them for yourself.