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Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Info
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi breed is described as affectionate, loyal, and smart. They are also known as Cardigans, Cardis, or CWCs. They are categorized within the herding group by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has short legs and a “long, stocky” body. The average height for the breed is 10.5 to 12.5 inches. Males weigh 30 to 38 pounds while females weigh 25 to 34 pounds. Life expectancy for the breed is 12 to 15 years. They are known to be a generally healthy breed. They are described as “low-set” dogs that are about 1.8 times longer than they are tall.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is not to be confused with the Pembroke Welsh Corgi despite their similar appearances. They are different breeds that developed in different areas of Wales centuries ago. One way to differentiate the breeds is by color as Cardigan Welsh Corgis come in various colors including blue merle and brindle. These colors do not appear in the Pembroke Welsh Corgi without crossbreeding with the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older breed between Cardigans and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. According to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America (CWCCA), Cardigans are the older breed by 2,000 years. Also, the Cardigan is a descendent of the German teckel lineage breed while the Pembroke is a descendent of Nordic spitz breeds. Other ways to differentiate the two breeds is by the Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s long tail, “slightly larger size, longer body, heavier head and bigger, more rounded ears.”
They were bred to be small dogs with short legs keeping them close to the ground to nip at the heels of cattle and sheep as herding dogs. They are also agile and fast and have great endurance, which was needed to drive the cattle and sheep for long distances. As an athletic and active breed, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi can be trained to “compete in dog agility trials, obedience, showmanship, flyball, and tracking events.”
In addition to the short legs and long body, other physical attributes include erect ears that have slightly rounded tips and are large for their small body size. They have wide-set, large, dark eyes with dark rims. The blue merle Cardigan Welsh Corgi can have blue eyes. Cardigan Welsh Corgis have black noses, but the blue merles can have patches of light pink on their noses. Their long, stocky bodies with short, slightly curved legs indicate that they are a chondrodysplastic breed, which means that they possess an evolutionary gene mutation that causes dwarfism. Other similar breeds that are cousins to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, include the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, dachshund, basset hounds, and Pekingese.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has been around for several centuries. The name comes from the medieval kingdom of Cardiganshire in southwestern Wales, today the area is known as Ceredigion. In Cardiganshire, the breed was called the yard-long dog. Cardiganshire was known for its green hills and dairy farms. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi quickly became a valuable member of the community because of their natural herding abilities.
It is thought that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is one of the oldest breeds of British dogs. The breed was most likely brought to Wales by the Celts from Central Europe around 1200 BC. “Corgi” comes from the word “Kergie,” which means dog in ancient Celtic. It is also said that “cor gi” means “dwarf dog” in Welsh. There is a Welsh legend that Corgis were an enchanted dog that elves and fairies used to pull carriages and ride into battle or while hunting. Others believe that “Cor” from the name comes from the word, to gather. While historians are not completely sure about the origin of the breed, it is known that Cardigan Welsh Corgis have been herding for the last 1,000 years. They are one of the oldest herd breeds.
As herding dogs, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is bred to be low to the ground to nip the heels of cattle while avoiding getting kicked. Herding dogs known to nip at the heels of cattle to drive to pasture or the market are known as “heelers.” They were highly valued as working dogs to herd cattle and protect the cattle from predators. They were also valued for exterminating vermin. They were so valuable to a farmer’s financial well-being that an ancient Welsh law severely penalized anyone who would harm or steal one.
Both the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi originated in Wales. While the Cardigan Welsh Corgi was developed in Cardiganshire Wales, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi comes from Pembrokeshire in southern Wales. The Kennel Club in Britain initially listed them as one breed in 1928 despite the fact that they are separate dog breeds. Because they were considered to be one breed, cross breeding between the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was common. They were officially recognized as separate breeds by The Kennel Club of Britain in 1935.
A breeding pair of Cardigan Welsh Corgis was first brought to the United States in June 1931. The AKC recognized the breed in 1935.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is described as “fun-loving and high spirited, yet easygoing.” They are affectionate and playful. It is a great companion for the entire family and they enjoy showering their human family with affection. When they are socialized properly they are good with children, other dogs, and cats. While Cardigan Welsh Corgis are good with children, their herding instincts are still present so that they may nip at children’s feet or ankles. This is why children should not be left unsupervised with a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. However, it is also said that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi are naturally protective of children, treating them like “part of their pack.” While they are social dogs, they may be reserved around strangers. They do not become aggressive around strangers, but it may take some time for them to warm up to new visitors in your home.
They are a very intelligent and eager to please breed which makes it easier to train them; however, they are also independent thinkers so that they can also be somewhat stubborn. Because they are intelligent dogs, they need variety in training and exercise regimens to prevent them from getting bored. The breed makes for an excellent watchdog because they are naturally attentive and protective. They will notify you by barking at any unusual sight, sound, or scent, but they are not known as nuisance barkers. On the other hand, they are known for being somewhat talkative.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a very social breed. Regular socialization during walks through the neighborhood or romps in the dog park will keep your Corgi happy and exercised. Begin socializing your Cardigan Welsh Corgi as a puppy so that your dog grows into a happy and well-behaved adult dog. It’s important to expose it to different people, places, and situations so that it will be comfortable in any situation including around children and other pets.
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Provided that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi gets the exercise and mental stimulation it requires, it is a very adaptable breed. With their small size, they can easily adapt to an apartment in an urban setting or a large home in the country with plenty of space to run, play, and frolic. As a social breed, they prefer to remain close to their human family. They should not be left alone for an extended period of time. If left alone too long without interaction or something to keep it busy, it may engage in unwanted behaviors such as chewing up anything it can get its teeth in and digging. While they can adapt to apartment living with sufficient exercise and mental stimulation, you may need to work on excessive barking with your Cardigan Welsh Corgi as they can bark enough to disturb your neighbors.
A Cardigan Welsh Corgi needs at least one good brushing weekly to keep its coat healthy and looking well groomed. It is recommended to trim the hair on the bottom of its feet and the back of its legs to prevent your Corgi from bringing dirt and debris into your home. Its nails should also be trimmed two or three times a month. Also, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s teeth should be brushed two or three times a week. Brushing its teeth is essential since small dogs are more prone to dental disease.
You should check your dog’s ears weekly and gently clean them with a damp cotton ball (careful not to insert anything into the ear canal) to prevent irritation or infection. It is not recommended to trim the coat short in the summer because the breed’s coat regulates body temperature. However, additional care to stay out of the sun should be taken for Corgis with black coats since their coats will absorb the heat from the sun. Cardigan Welsh Corgis with black coats will require occasional trimming, unlike the lighter colored dogs in the breed, to prevent overheating in hot and warm environments and the hot summer months.
The breed has medium length, water-resistant coats that come in various colors including black, red, sable, brindle, and blue merle and white markings. They usually have white hair on the stomach, muzzle, legs, chest, neck, tip of the tail, and/or a blaze on the head. They have a double coat with a short, thick, fluffy, and usually white undercoat and a longer, thick, smooth, but coarse outer coat. This breed sheds continuously with heavier periods of shedding twice a year in the spring and fall. Instead of shedding numerous individual hairs, the breed sheds chunks of fur. During the high shedding seasons, daily brushing may be needed.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a very adaptable breed. As athletic dogs, they can adapt well to their owners’ active lifestyle of hiking or a more sedate lifestyle at home snoozing on the couch or in a dog bed next to their owner. They are also an intelligent breed, so they require a variety of activities for exercise and play time to keep them mentally stimulated.
Don’t let their short legs fool you, they are very fast and have great endurance. They are able to move herds of cattle or flocks of sheep great distances during the day and protect them through the night. While they may not be a herding dog today, they still require regular exercise. A moderate, daily walk and vigorous play time of at least 45 minutes a day will keep them happy and healthy. Cardigan Welsh Corgis love to be outdoors. They will enjoy hiking in the mountains or strolling along the beach. They are known as an adventurous and versatile breed who would like any activity in which their family is involved including kayaking and paddle boarding. When your Corgi does a power run through the house “leaping over tall buildings in a single bound,” it's telling you that it needs exercise with a walk or a game of fetch. Corgis love to play with balls. They also love to swim.
It’s important to feed your dog a high quality dog food appropriate for its activity level and lifestage (puppy, adult, or senior). One to one and a half cups of high quality dry food divided into two meals a day is recommended. Cardigan Welsh Corgis have a tendency to easily gain weight. They love to eat, so it’s important to carefully measure their food for each meal. Do not leave food out all day because the Cardigan Welsh Corgi will overeat if given the opportunity. Treats should be given with moderation to avoid excessive weight gain.