Thinking about purchasing an Cardigan Welsh Corgi? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Cardigan Welsh Corgi breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Cardigan Welsh Corgi owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Cardigan Welsh Corgi and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Profile
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is not as popular as their sibling, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, but they make an excellent pet. They are even said to have slightly better temperaments than the Pembroke. Cardigans are loyal, affectionate and good with children. They are intelligent and easy to train but need a firm hand when it comes to nipping, as they are prone to do so due to their ancestry as herding dogs. Wary of strangers and possessive of their owner's property, they also make a good watch dog. Cardigan Welsh Corgis are easily distinguishable from the Pembroke with their wide and wider set ears, as well as their long tail. Pembroke's tails are docked completely, that is if they are even born with a tail. Cardigans reach one Welsh yard from nose tip to tail tip, which is why they are sometimes called "yard-long dogs". They have longer bodies than the Pembroke, and are much longer than they are tall. Their colors consist of red, sable, brindles, black, tricolor, and blue merle--which legend says came from fairies who brought the color in the night. They usually have white on them with an Irish pattern, but overbearing white is considered a severe fault. They are loving, intelligent, and are hard workers with their high quality obedience skills. They can often appear sprightly in character and are quite confident. Active and devoted, this little dog can be quite amusing in character and appearance at times. They get along with children and other pets, their sturdiness making them suitable companions for even large dogs. Cardigans are said to have the heart of a large dog in a dwarfed body, making them an ideal companion.
Type: Herding Dog
10.5 - 12.5 inches.
Colors: Any, with
or without white markings, but white should not predominate. They come in all
shades of red, sable, brindles, black, tricolor, blue merle, usually with a
white Irish pattern. They can have tan or brindle points, often with white flashes
on the neck, chest, legs, muzzle and underbelly.
Welsh Corgis are active, obedient, intelligent and alert. They make good watch
dogs, as well as good guard dogs. They can be possessive, and can be scrappy
with other dogs. But with their friends and family they are playful, affectionate
and loving. They may nip at the heels, trying to herd you or your children.
They need strong training in avoiding nipping humans, and they learn quickly.
They are fun loving, easygoing, and sprightly. Wary of strangers, they remain
devoted to their owners and are usually good with kids. They can be amusing
with their jaunty attitude. Welsh Corgis are little dogs with big hearts, hard
working and affectionate.
Watch-dog: Very High.
Cardigans are alert and self-willed. They will protect and make sure anything
around is made known due to their bark.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Care and
Exercise: Brush the Cardigan Welsh Corgis coat twice a week
with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary. Shedding is twice a year.
Plenty of exercise at least twice a day as you do not want them to become obese
and lazy. Cardigan Welsh Corgis love to have room to run around freely.
Activity: Indoors - Very
High. Outdoors - High.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Health Issues: Obesity, spinal problems, degenerative myelopathy (neurological disease known to cause lameness) and some inherited eye disorders such as PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy).
Life Span: 12 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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