Pembroke welsh corgi colors come in several different shades. The most popular/common color is red, probably due to the originating likeness to a fox. However, if you want something a little more “wild,” you do have options, while still adhering to the breed standard of course!
The following is a list of acceptable Pembroke welsh corgi colors:
- Black & Tan (either red or black headed)
You’ll note that I did NOT include any kind of merle! There are several “corgi breeders” who are selling what they call Pembroke Welsh Corgis in a loud blue or red merle coat color. These dogs will have come about by crossing the Pembroke’s larger cousin, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, with a Pembroke. Some breed registries, like the CKC (Continental Kennel Club) will register these dogs as Pembrokes, when in fact, they come from a mixed heritage. The true Pembroke welsh corgi colors are ONLY those that are listed above!
What about the white? Is that an acceptable Pembroke Welsh Corgi color?
Absolutely! White is acceptable on your corgis legs, chest, neck (either in part or as a collar), muzzle, underparts and as a narrow blaze on head. What you DON’T want is a whitelie, which is a corgi that has body color white, often with red or dark markings. Bluies are similar to whitelies in that the color is frowned upon, only they have a coat that is bluish gray in color. Bluies are often associated with extremely light or blue eyes, liver or gray eye rims, nose and lip pigment.
The final color fault in the list of acceptable Pembroke Welsh Corgi colors is called a mismark. Mismark’s are self colors with any area of white on the back between withers and tail, on sides between elbows and back of hindquarters, or on ears. Black with white markings and no tan present are also considered a mismark.
What happens to these poor mismarked Pembroke Welsh Corgis?
Not every puppy can be a super star in the show pen, and I can guarantee you that your mismarked corgi will play just as hard and be just as cute as a show marked one!