The Cardigan Welsh Corgi, or Corgi with a tail, is less well-known than its tailless relative, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, but the breed is well worth learning about. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is loyal to his human family and full of entertaining antics. This adaptable breed is ready and able to do anything you want—as long as you’re together.
The breed may be reserved with outsiders at first, but given enough time, they will normally warm up to new friends and share some of the abundant love they lavish on their families. They are instinctively alert, which makes them excellent watch dogs, alerting to any sign of trouble with a short bark. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi gets along well with other species, including dogs, cats, horses, and farm animals. They adore family children and naturally look after them as members of the “flock.”
The Welsh Corgi cardigan has been around for thousands of years in the Cardiganshire region of Wales, which has now been renamed Ceredigion. Celtic tribes who migrated from Central Europe introduced this breed to Wales. In ancient times, the mountainous coastline of Cardiganshire was densely forested with green hills and dairy fields, and farmers used them as herding dogs and to transport cattle to market. Aside from herding, it also acts as a guard dog on fields, barn, and even as a pet dog for a cherished family.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s coat is medium-length and usually water-resistant, indicating that this dog can withstand rainy and snowy conditions. The coat needs little grooming and is usually colored with black, brown, red, and even blue.
- Weight: 12 to 15 kg
- Coat length: Medium double coat
- Amount of shedding: High
- Color: Combination of black and tan, red, sable, or fawn with white marking
- Pattern: Bicolor and tricolor
This dog is really friendly until it knows its position in your home, but in the absence of leadership, it may become rambunctious and pursue supremacy. Your dog will recognize that you are a leader based on its size but only if you behave like one. Overall, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi can be energetic, obedient, eager-to-please, lively, and always shy of strangers, which is something you can focus on.
- Lifespan: 12 to 13 years
- Active: Medium
- Intelligence: High
- Vocalize: Low
Responsible breeders aim to uphold the highest breed quality set out by kennel clubs such as the American Kennel Club (AKC). Hereditary disorders are less likely to occur in dogs bred to these requirements. However, the breed is prone to certain genetic health issues. The below are few things to keep in mind:
- Hip dysplasia is a disorder in which the hip socket of a dog develops abnormally, causing inflammation and joint complications.
- Back problem: Due the breed’s unique physique, care must be taken to ensure the Cardigan doesn’t injure his back.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy: A degenerative eye disease
- Degenerative myelopathy: A disease that causes progressive paralysis
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