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Cardigan Welsh Corgi
A Tough Dog In A Small Package!

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Background and Description

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has been around for such a long time that dog fanciers cannot agree just exactly how long. Many have the belief that this dog arrived in Britain with the Celts 3000 years ago, while others maintain it came calling just 1000 years ago, which is still considerable in anyone's book!

The Cardi, once called the "yard long dog," sports a long fox-like tail, is very low set in his physical structure and is long in proportion to his height. But, his shortness poses no impediment to his natural job of herding, for which he is adequately endowed. Strong bones and muscles enable him to perform his tasks with a high level of speed and dexterity.

This breed's lineage is associated with the Teckel family of dogs, which also produced the Dachshund. At one point they were crossed with Collies for the addition of colors. The Cardigan was designated a separate breed from its counterpart, the Pembroke Corgi, during the 1930's. The Pembroke is the smaller of the two and has no tail. The Cardigan has been recognized for his abilities in herding, tracking, agility and obedience.

Personality and Traits:

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is very loyal and loving as a family companion. He is a calm dog, reserved with strangers and naturally protective, making him excellent as a watch dog. Though not aggressive, if the necessity arises, he will defend his master to the point of risking his own life.

Corgis are intelligent quick learners and can be trained for obedience and agility. Some tend to carry over their working habit of nipping at the heels with their humans, but this tendency can be corrected with training. They love to do a job and are good at learning commands, so if an owner wants his slippers fetched, a Cardi will rise to the occasion with pleasure.

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Height: 10-12-1/2 inches
Ideal standard weight: 25-38 lbs.
Colors: Various shades of red, sable, brindle, black with possible tan brindle, or blue merle with possible tan brindle. All may have white markings, though these should not predominate.

Coat and Care:

The Cardi has a weatherproof heavy double coat, the outer coat being of medium length and harsh, while the undercoat is soft and thick.
Shedding occurs twice a year and regular maintenance can be handled by routine brushing and combing.

An excellent grooming tool, that gets high praise from dog owners, is the FURminator DeShedding Tool.

Activity Level:

Although the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is quite active around the house, he still needs regular daily walks to maintain good health, as is true of all dogs. A safe outside play area is ideal as an alternate place for running freely.

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Space Needs:

This breed is adaptable to its environment, but a house with yard space is always going to be the first choice for a dog that has a background of activity in his genes.


The Cardigan Welsh Corgi likes activity and games. He gets along well with considerate children and is a loving companion to them.

However, unexpected things can happen and we favor the policy that activities between pets and children always be supervised by an adult.


Adaptable, easy to groom, devoted, loyal, protective and loving - this dog's traits make it a fine companion to the elderly providing it has some outlet for regular exercise.

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Recommended Resources:

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A comprehensive book specifically about Corgis. Includes not only how to find a breeder, but also practical advice about the care and training of this smart dog. A very worthwhile read for anyone interested in the breed. Plus great photos.

Share Your Corgi Knowledge And Pictures

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If you have a Corgi, won't you share your experience as an owner of this loveable dog breed?

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