Cardigan Welsh Corgi

It is thought that the ancestors of the Cardigan Welsh corgi were first brought to Wales over 3,000 years ago. Celtic tribes from central Europe migrated to Wales and brought along their dogs. It is thought that the dogs of the Vikings bred with the original corgis, resulting in the Pembroke Welsh corgi. Cardigan Welsh corgis were originally used on farms to protect the cattle from predators. The dogs also helped herd and drive the cattle to both the fields and the market. These dogs were so valuable to farmers that they were protected by law against theft or harm. The dog was first entered in a show in 1919. The English Cardigan Welsh Corgi Association was founded shortly after in 1926. In the early 1900s, the Pembroke and cardigan were considered to be the same breed. The breed was split and introduced to the United States in 1931.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgie (also know as Corgie) is a small, low-set dog, which is much longer than it is tall. Even though it's small, this little dog is a firecracker. It is capable to run at great speed and is very agile. As a herder, it is naturally able to show great endurance. It has a double coat with a soft undercoat and a straight, flat over coat. It needs regular brushing. Personality: The Cardigan is an active and mellow little dog breed. Some people underestimate the Cardigan because of its size. This fun-loving, playful dog needs a lot of physical exercise in the form of walks or a vigorous game. They are obedient but tend to be yappy. It's gentle with kids as long as they are not too rough. It tends to be reserved towards strangers and other dogs.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Family
Function
Life Span
10-12 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Corgie, Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Build Information

Size
Small
Length (Male)
8-12 in.
Length (Female)
10-12 in.
Weight
26 - 40 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi (also know as Corgi) is a small, low-set dog, which is much longer than it is tall. Even though it's small, this little dog is a firecracker. It is capable to run at great speed and is very agile.

As a herder, it is naturally able to show great endurance.

It has a double coat with a soft undercoat and a straight, flat over coat. It needs regular brushing.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The Cardigan is an active and mellow little dog breed. Some people underestimate the Cardigan because of its size. This fun-loving, playful dog needs a lot of physical exercise in the form of walks or a vigorous game.

They are obedient but tend to be yappy.

It's gentle with kids as long as they are not too rough. It tends to be reserved towards strangers and other dogs.

Appearance

Colors
Black Black & Tan Blue Red
Shedding
Seasonal
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Fine

Cardigan's have a double hair coat. There is a thick undercoat and a long, thick topcoat. The breed sheds all year long, but sheds heavily twice each year.

The dog should be brushed every day to prevent loose hair from covering the home.

Unless you are unable to brush or bathe your dog on your own, it does not need professional grooming. Most owners find that they can maintain their dog's coat, nails and ears quite easily at home.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Hard
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
Yes
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
Yes
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • This breed is very vocal
  • If you do not enjoy a dog that barks, you won't enjoy the cardigan Welsh corgi
  • The breed is a great herding dog
  • If you have small children, this may not be a good thing
  • Plan on daily exercise with your corgi
  • Potty training can be difficult with this independent breed
  • The breed is a descendant from the same ancestors as the basset hound and Dachshund
  • This dog is a heavy shedder and may not be suitable for people who want to maintain a spotless home
  • The Cardigan Welsh corgi is also referred to as the “Cardi” and the “Cardigan”

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Common Health Conditions in Cardigan Welsh Corgis

The Cardigan Welsh corgi is a generally healthy breed of dog. Of purebred dogs, they experience the fewest number of genetic health issues. The breed is predisposed to intervertebral disk disease and progressive retinal atrophy. When you buy a puppy, look for one from a breeder that has had the parents health tested and certified against these two diseases.

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