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Cardigan Welsh Corgi

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a small herding breed that is built for endurance. Originating from Wales, they are a sturdy breed that require minimal grooming and make a good family pet.


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Physical Characteristics
  • Short; torso is long and low to the ground
  • Deep chest, powerful neck and long, bushy tail
  • Wedge-shaped head with large, erect ears and blue or brown eyes
  • Coat: Harsh outer hair and soft, thick under coat; coat comes in a large variety of colors
  • Height: 10-13 inches
  • Weight: 25-38 pounds
  • Average lifespan: 12-15 years
Temperament
  • Loyal, affectionate, smart, even-tempered, obedient, active
  • Interaction with people: Good with children; wary of strangers
  • Interaction with animals: May be aggressive with other dogs; good with other pets
  • Bark: Moderately vocal
  • Protection: Good watch dog; territorial
Medical Conditions
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Ophthalmic disorders (including progressive retinal atrophy)
  • Urolithiasis (urinary stones)
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • OK for apartments; adapts well to any home
  • Needs long, daily walks
  • Very adaptable to all climates
Grooming
Other Facts
  • The name Corgi comes from the Celtic word for dog
  • The Cardigan would nip at the cattle's heels to move them
  • Exceptionally fast for its size
  • Historically, this breed was whistle-trained by its master to herd flocks
Breed History
  • Originated in Cardiganshire Wales, Great Britain
  • From the same line as the dachshund; other descendants are believed to date back 3,000 years
  • The Cardigan and Pembroke were one breed until about 70 years ago
  • Originally used as a farm guard, cattle herder and hunter
  • First brought to the U.S. in 1931
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America For breed rescue opportunities, visit Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Trust
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