Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain, bordered by England to its east and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to its west. It had a population of 3.063.456 in 2011. Wales has over 1.200 km of coastline, and is largely mountainous, with its highest peaks in the north and central areas.
There are four breeds originating in Wales that are officially recognized by the Kennel Club. The Sealyham Terrier is known as one of the rarest breeds and was officially recognized by the Kennel Club in 1911. The Welsh Terrier is considered, according to research, the oldest existing dog breed in the United Kingdom, currently in danger of dying out, having as few as 300 or so pups registered annually, as compared to the nation’s most popular breeds that are registered in tens of thousands each year. Last but not least, are the cute and cuddly Corgis. There are two recognized varieties, the Pembrokes and the Cardigans. These two types of Corgis were at first grouped together under the same name, but, because of the rivalry between the Cardigan and Pembroke enthusiasts they were eventually recognized individually and shown separately in 1934. No matter which Welsh dog breed you prefer, each of them has its own charm and history.