Pembroke Sheltie

11-30 lbs
United States
Shetland Sheepdog
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Shelti Corgi, Corgi Shelti
The Pembroke Sheltie is a hybrid mix of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Shetland Sheepdog.  This hybrid will make an amazing family pet, combining the tenderness and mellowness of the Sheltie parent breed and the regal attitude of the British Corgi.  Your Pembroke Sheltie will be a lively, loyal and affectionate part of your family, fitting well into any family or home setting, but, don't expect her to announce the presence of a stranger.  She will, however, not hesitate to step in should the situation become a dangerous one for her beloved human family.
purpose Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Shetland Sheepdog

Pembroke Sheltie Health

Average Size
Male Pembroke Sheltie size stats
Height: 10-16 inches Weight: 11-30 lbs
Female Pembroke Sheltie size stats
Height: 10-16 inches Weight: 11-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
  • Familial Nephropathy
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemophilia
  • Lupus Erythematosus
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
Occasional Tests
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • Blood and Urine Protein Screens

Pembroke Sheltie Breed History

The Pembroke Sheltie is a hybrid mix of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Shetland Sheepdog.  While we know that the breed originated in the United States, we do not know the date of origination.  We can assume, however, that the hybrid originated in the past two to three decades when increased interest in mixing purebreds for a variety of reasons became popular.  To find out what your hybrid puppy can grow up to be, we'll need some history from the histories of the parent breeds.  The Pembroke Welsh Corgi hails from the United Kingdom but that wasn't the beginning of their story.  Early in the 1100's, the Corgi of Pembrokeshire, at that time resembling the Schipperkes, came to England with Flemish weavers, eventually creating settlements in southwest Wales, creating buildings resembling those of their homeland and utilizing the canine breed for herding and guarding tasks.  Their small stature and body configuration made them perfect for these tasks, being able to nip at the heels of the livestock to keep them in line without getting kicked in the process.  They were used to herd sheep, cattle and even geese to market.  Eventually, the Corgi wriggled its way into the hearts and homes of the rich, royal and famous and became a beloved companion and family pet.  The American Kennel Club recognized the Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed in 1934, the same year it was recognized by the Kennel Club (England).  There are two varieties of Corgi, the Pembroke and the Cardigan, and the Pembroke is the Corgi parent breed in this hybrid.  The Shetland Sheepdog hails from the Scotland, specifically from the Shetland Islands just 50 miles north of Scotland.  Being described as miniature Collies, the Shetland Sheepdog could be found all over England in the 1800's, doing herding tasks required for small livestock.  Eventually, the Border Collie assumed these responsibilities in the Shetland Islands but the Sheltie remains even today a popular family pet, show dog and herding canine for those living on farms.  This intelligent and loving canine breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911 and today remains a very popular family pet all over the world.  The Pembroke Sheltie hybrid is recognized by the following organizations: American Canine Hybrid Club and Dog Registry of America.

Pembroke Sheltie Breed Appearance

The Pembroke Sheltie is a hybrid mix of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Shetland Sheepdog and, as such, can inherit the appearance characteristics of one or both parent breeds.  Your Pembroke Sheltie hybrid will likely stand about 12 to 15 inches tall and weigh 14 to 30 pounds when fully matured.  Depending upon which parent breed has the most influence in the bio mix, your hybrid will likely have a coat which is medium to long in length, which is smooth, soft and double coated.  The colors of the coat can be brown, red, sable and white.  Her tail will be long and bushy, her legs will be short and straight.  She'll have dark almond-shaped eyes, a black nose on a darker muzzle and a scissors bite.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Pembroke Sheltie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pembroke Sheltie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Pembroke Sheltie coat
red Pembroke Sheltie coat
sable Pembroke Sheltie coat
white Pembroke Sheltie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Pembroke Sheltie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pembroke Sheltie Breed Maintenance

Your Pembroke Sheltie is a minimal, seasonal shedder and, unfortunately, she is not hypoallergenic.  She is considered to be in the moderate maintenance category, her coat requiring brushing at least twice a week and bathing only as needed to preserve the vital oils in her coat.  You should check her ears at least once a week, cleaning them as needed with a cotton ball and approved canine-ear wash solution.  Her toenails should also be checked weekly and trimmed when necessary unless she is successfully keeping them worn down with her exercise activities.  Teeth brushing is recommended as well and this should be done two to three times a week, if not daily, to avoid periodontal disease development and the tooth loss which is known to accompany it.  She is in the low category for both drooling and smell.
Brushes for Pembroke Sheltie
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Pembroke Sheltie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pembroke Sheltie Temperament

Your Pembroke Sheltie hybrid is a great furry family member!  She is loving, lively, intelligent, loyal, protective and courageous.  She makes a great pet for first time pet owners. Also, like most canine breeds, appropriate socialization at a young age will assure that she'll be great with the kids and other animals...even the family cat...though don't be surprised if they play and run through the house together.  She is not a barky type of canine so don't expect that she'll alert you when a stranger is afoot.  While for the most part accepting of strangers, it is important to note that she is also protective of her human family, not hesitating to step in should the situation give rise to those instincts.  She combines the best of the regal attitude of the British Corgi and the mellowness of the Sheltie to provide a wonderful loving family member.

Pembroke Sheltie Activity Requirements

Your Pembroke Sheltie hybrid is an active canine, needing 1 to 2 hours of daily exercise.  Her herding heritage keeps her moving and investigating.  She is a hunter, these strong instincts coming from both sides of the bio mix, making it vital that you keep her on leash whenever she's outside the house or other enclosed area.  This is for both her safety and your sanity ... unless chasing her through the neighborhood, following those interesting scents intentionally adds exercise to your exercise regimen!  She'll thoroughly love those long walks or jogs, romping and playing in the dog park or the fenced back yard and those interactive games of fetch, Frisbee, seek and find, earth dog activities and obedience practice.  Because she has a higher than average intelligence level, it is important to keep her mentally challenged as well as physically challenged to avoid those annoying and frustrating behaviors which can develop from a bored canine.  Her medium size makes her suitable for apartment or condo living, provided the owner commits to appropriate exercise for her.  She is also well suited to family homes with or without a fenced yard.  She can live in urban or rural settings as long as she can be properly exercised on a daily basis.  She has a double coat, so colder temperatures are well tolerated and hotter temperatures are moderately tolerated but additional protection may be required in those hotter temperatures.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes
activity minutes

Pembroke Sheltie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Pembroke Sheltie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pembroke Sheltie size stats at six months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 15.5 lbs
Female Pembroke Sheltie size stats at six months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 15.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Pembroke Sheltie size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 20.5 lbs
Female Pembroke Sheltie size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 20.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Pembroke Sheltie size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 20.5 lbs
Female Pembroke Sheltie size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 20.5 lbs

Pembroke Sheltie Owner Experiences

12 Years
1 People
House & Yard
Gumbo was found in a drainage ditch at week old. I took him in and he has been the best dog I have ever had. Great with kids , other small dogs, puppies. He is protective and loving.
5 years, 9 months ago
1 Year
2 People
He was a stray. He's VERY affectionate and a bit ornery. Sweet boy
5 years, 3 months ago
16 Years
4 People
I have owned various breeds over the years, but my sheltie/corgi was the best dog I have ever owned. Very good with the kids when they were growing up and very loyal. I also found she was a great dog alerting me if there was anyone around that she did not know. She was an inside/outside dog, but mainly inside. She use to let me know when she wanted to come in or out by banging on the back door. She died in 2010 from old age at the grand old age of 16 years. She was my best friend.
4 years, 10 months ago
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