Cardigan Welsh Corgi

AKC Group: Herding

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is one of the oldest breeds in the UK, appearing as early as three thousand years ago. Cardi were used to protect cattle herds travelling from Wales to English markets. Welsh farmers saw the breed had more potential as herders. Cross breeding with Welsh sheepdogs enhanced the skill and the Cardi officially had a new job.

Size: 10.5 to 12.5 inchers tall, 25 to 40 pounds.

Color: Any shade of red, sable or brindle; blue merle or black; may have tan or brindle points and white markings are quite common.

Life span: 12 to 14 years

Health problems: Thyroid issues, spinal difficulties, hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy or obesity.

Cardi or Corgi dogs have very short legs that carry around an elongated body. His coat is weatherproof and dense. His outercoat can be short or medium in length; his undercoat is short and full.

A Cardi is an affectionate, loving companion that is responsive and gentle to his family. This is an extremely intelligent pooch. Cardies do have a natural tendency to nip, but with the intelligence that lays within them, it’s easy to teach a Cardi that nipping is not acceptable. These dogs are spirited, enthusiastic, eager and a bundle of energy. A Cardi loves you, but can survive without you when you have other things to do. (Hence, a Cardi is not a Velcro-dog.)

Cardi do better with considerate older children. Cats will require a bit of work. If the introduction (to any other animals in the home or that he will encounter in the neighborhood) is done as a pup, he should be fine; a properly socialized Cardi can get along with any other companion. With strangers (or guests), a Cardi is polite but reserved. If the situation calls for it, a Cardi can make a huge ruckus to sound the alarm.

Grooming with a firm bristle brush should be done once or twice a week. During seasonal shedding periods, he’ll need more help — probably on a daily basis. House breaking and basic obedience should be a breeze for him. (He could probably teach the course himself!) To satisfy his natural instincts and to keep him from displaying undesirable behaviors, you’ll need to keep finding him new tricks or skills to learn. Keep his toybox well stocked with a wide variety of toys. Any new toy will help to enrich his environment and his mind. Cardi learn better through positive reinforcement (treats and rewards) as opposed to harsh treatment and language and punishments. Cardi love to learn and will enjoy showing off his new trick. Yes, he knows what a smart dog he is.

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