The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a long body that is low to the ground. Their ears are large-sized and stand erect, and their skull is broad and flat. They have a long, low-set tail and a heavier frame than the Pembroke variety. They have round feet and a straight topline. Their chest is deep and their breastbone is prominent, and their front feet turn slightly outwards. They have dark eyes that correlate with the color of the dog’s coat and their teeth meet in a scissors bite. They have a double coat that consists of a coarse, harsh medium-length outer coat and a soft, dense undercoat. The coat exists in a variety of colors including brindle, blue merle, black, black & tan, sable, red, and black & brindle. White markings may or may not be present.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is obedient, protective, and loyal. They are leery of strangers, but they are extremely faithful and love their family. They aim to please, and they get along quite well with considerate children. They are good guard dogs and perform well in obedience. While they are less social than the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, they are more territorial and devoted. They can sometimes be aggressive towards other dogs, and some tend to bark a lot. They are generally good with other pets and small animals. This breed may exhibit herding tendencies and behaviors like nipping at peoples’ heels. With proper training and socialization, this characteristic can be avoided.
10 – 13 inches
25 – 30 pounds
Some Cardigan Welsh Corgis are prone to PRA and glaucoma. Because of this breed’s propensity to gain weight, it’s important that these dogs do not be overfed. They typically live for 12 to 15 years.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi have only been regarded as separate breeds for 70 years. There are a number of theories that refer to the origins of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Some believe that both Corgi varieties are descendants of the Swedish Vallhunds that were brought to Wales by the Vikings in the 800’s. Another theory is that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older of the two Corgi varieties, and that it was brought to Wales by the Celts in about 1200 BC. The name “Corgi” is derived from the Celtic word for “dog”. The breed was developed in Cardiganshire Wales. The breed has a number of natural talents including herding, hunting, and guarding. Because of their low stature, they were able to move out of the way whenever a cow kicked. Both Corgi varieties were interbred until the 1930s, but breeders eventually wanted to accentuate their differences. Today, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is most heavily utilized as a companion dog.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a medium-length, water-resistant coat that is easy to groom and care for. They should be brushed and combed with a firm bristle brush, and bathed only as necessary. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi sheds heavily twice per year.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is perfectly content to live in a small household or apartment. They are an active breed indoors, and they don’t require a yard.