It is fair to say that life could never be dull with a Pembroke. His prick ears and his lovely sharp face give him an appearance of being interested in everything that is happening. The breed has known periods when occasional characters gave it a bad name by nipping people as well as the heels of cattle, but a clause in the standard states that he is outgoing and friendly and this is a very good description of a dog that is born busy and stays busy throughout its long life.
He is possessed of a bark that belies his small stature, and his lungs are clearly built to give him the stamina he needs to do a day’s work as a farm dog. In addition, he is nimble enough to duck away from the retaliatory kick of the cow should his herding instincts cause him to lose patience with his charges.
His coat is truly dense in its undercoat and it would be difficult to imagine a Pembroke feeling the cold, even though he is very happy to share the ‘mod cons’ of his owners if he is living the life of a companion dog. Grooming is therefore not a hard task, although his propensity to plough his way through the muck and the mire of a long country walk means that he does not always come home in a state suitable for immediate contact with the best carpet or sofa!
Being small in size, he does not need a great deal of food, but that does not mean that he won’t eat more than he needs if he’s given the chance to indulge himself.
All in all, this is a thoroughly practical breed that can live with all sorts of households and add a lot to the fun.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Town or Country
Type of home
Small or Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Pastoral Breed Group
The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.
Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.