Welsh Corgi, Cardigan
Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a smart, affectionate, and extremely loyal dog breed. It is believed that these dogs existed for more than 3000 years. In the past, they were mostly been used for driving cattle to market and today Cardigans are mostly lovable family pets. These dogs are excellent choices for families with kids and you can be sure that the kids will enjoy spending time with Cardis.
These dogs thrive on human companionship and they need to be stimulated mentally and physically in order to be happy. They are very trainable and faithful dogs.
FUN FACT: The fastest way to distinguish these dogs from their cousin Pembroke Welsh Corgis is to look at their tail – Cardigans have tails and the Pembrokes don't.
10,5-12,5 in (27-32 cm)
25-38 lb (11-17 kg)
These dogs exist for more than 300 years and they were brought to Wales by the Celtic tribes who migrated from central Europe to Wales. From the beginning, Cardigans were helping herd cattle and keep them safe from various predators. Mostly they were used as cattle dogs, guardians, and family pets.
FUN FACT: British Kennel Club separated Cardigans and Pemrokes into two separate breeds in 1934.
Dog Breed Characteristics
- Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs).Section 1 Sheepdogs. Without working trial
- Ideal height at withers: 11.8 in (30 cm)
- Weight: In proportion to the size
Cardigans have a double coat that needs a good brushing at least once a week. Their coat consists of a thick topcoat and a soft undercoat.
These dogs shed a lot through the year and during the shedding season (twice a year) you can expect hair everywhere. At that period daily brushing will be mandatory to keep the hair under control and to remove dead hair from the dog's coat.
TIP: You should be very careful over the summer with these dogs because they are prone to overheating.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi coat colors include:
- All shades of red, sable, and brindle
- Blue merle with or without tan or brindle points
- Black with or without brindle points
These dogs require basic care to keep them healthy. Regularly brush their teeth to prevent gum diseases and to secure fresh breath, trim their nails if you hear them clicking on the floor, and weekly check their ears for any sign of redness or wax build-up which can indicate an infection.
Cardigans are very adaptable dogs and they can fit great in both active and inactive families. They will be more than happy to accompany you on long walks or hiking but also will enjoy spending time in front of the tv with you. However if you don't allow him to spend his energy you can expect your dog to run laps around the house – and that way he will let you know it is time for playing.
FUN FACT: Cardigans love to chase the ball more than everything.
Proper socialization will play a big part in your dog's life. That way your dog will learn how to react to many different situations and how to communicate with the rest of the world. If you want well-behaved adult dog early socialization is a must. That way you can be sure that you will not have any problems with your dog later in life.
Kids and other animals
Cardigans are an excellent choice for children. They can be their playing partner and both dog and kids will enjoy each other's company. Take note that no matter how good your dog is you should always supervise their playtime so any unwanted behavior wouldn't emerge.
Corgis love to have another canine in the house especially if that canine is another Corgi as well. With the dogs with whom they are raised from an early age, Cardigans will get along. There can be situations that your dog will become aggressive toward a strange dog he meets outside.
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are dogs with a life expectancy of 12-15 years and they are generally healthy. To be completely sure that you will get a puppy with the best possible health never buy it from a bad and puppy mill breeder. Those breeders care only about earning money without caring for puppy health.
Like most of the dogs in the world, even Corgis are prone to some health problems that you should be aware of.
Cardigans are most prone to:
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Intervertebral disk disease
The most important thing you should watch out for with these dogs is to not let them jump off the couch or bed, because they can easily hurt their back. This is a usual problem with all dogs with a long and low body.
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are very popular dogs around the world and because of their popularity, many bad and unethical breeders started to breed these dogs to earn money. That's why you need to be careful when you are searching for breeders. Always ask the breeder to show you the health certificates of his breeding dogs so you can be sure that the puppies will be without inherited diseases.
If it possible ask to see the mother of the puppies in person to see where she lives and how the breeder is treating her.
If you decided to get one of these dogs you will surely not make a mistake. Cardigans are an excellent companion that will enjoy spending time with you and your family and will be a part of everything you are up to.
World Dog Finder team