1955 cigarette card featuring a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Interesting to note how the physical characteristics have changed fifty years hence, isn’t it? Some Corgis still look a lot like this. Seems to me they’re the exception and not the rule, though.
Anybody else have thoughts on that?
Looks like he has a tail, although it's hard to tell.
The dogs of the mid-50s were very similar to the dogs now – the postcard is just a drawing of a bad one! Whoever gave the artist a picture to work from chose a corgi who was not bred to the standard, just like you could find plenty of badly bred corgis who look like that now. http://www.welshcorgi.it/origine%20corgi%20inglesi.html is a good site to see some of the mid-50s dogs; they have the short legs, keel, and rear angulation that you'd see in the show ring today. There is plenty of overlap between those dogs and what we have now; some of those breeders are still breeding. Kentwood ended in 1996 and her dogs are in virtually every current Cardigan pedigree and many current Pem pedigrees as well.
I have a bunch of these cards, all from ebay…this dog looks like corgis of the 1930's…..they seem much broader in the chest now..
This dog's back legs just look too long! Maybe the artist couldn't find a corgi so drew a sheltie instead and gave it shorter fur? The front part looks a bit like my Amy, with the 2 parts muzzle/3 parts forehead face, the pricked equilateral ears, and the higher chest. Amy's long-legged so it keeps her "undercarriage" a bit higher off the ground than usual. Her father's chest was DEEEEEEEEP but she got her mother's slightly more feminine/less broad chest. Her topline is dead straight like this one's, but the back end just throws me off. I don't think this one has a tail, just some sticky-outy-pantaloons!
There's another corgi in our neighborhood who just doesn't look like a Pem at ALL, especially when she stands next to Amy. So I guess it takes all sorts to make a world full of Corgs!