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Cardigan Welsh Corgi

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Cardigan Welsh Corgi AKC Group: Herding
Height: Male: 10-13 inches, Female: 10-13 inches
Weight: Male: 30-38 pounds, Female: 25-34 pounds
Colors: Red, brindle; sable, tan, black; tricolor and blue merle
AKC recognized in: 1935

The Welsh Corgi is a dog breed which originated in Wales. Translated from Welsh into English, the term "cor gi" roughly means "dwarf dog". As to Cardigan, it can be traced back to their place of origin which happens to be in Ceredigion, Wales. It could also refer to the locale of Cardiganshire from which they were brought over by the ancient Celts.

As one of the oldest breeds of herding dogs, the Welsh Corgi can be separated into the Cardigan Welsh Corgi on one hand and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi on the other. Compared to the Pembrokes, the Cardigans have a longer body and a longer tail.

Old AKC standards would refer to the Cardigan as the Alsatian with short legs. Long and low in body, the Welsh Corgi looks fox-like with its upright ears. The chest is deep and the breastbone is prominent. It further has that classic monk's hood, smutty muzzle, and white markings on its neck, chest, and feet, up to its low-set tail.

The fact that they could have originated from the Teckel Dog family explains why they bear some resemblance to the Dachshund. Originally coated in red and brindle, they've been cross-bred with the Collie to produce more tricolors such as blue merle and red merle.

Be it a flock herder or a cattle driver, the Cardigan is a dependable farm guard dog. Once they're domesticated, they make excellent companion animals to sheep and cattle.


Cardigan Welsh Corgi Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance four paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability three paws

As a herding dog, Cardigan Welsh Corgis carry that characteristic trait of being agile, athletic, and intelligent. It works to their advantage that they've been bred long and low. This saves their heads from kicks made by angry cows.

In terms of competitiveness, they are just as active and energetic as the rest of the sheepdogs. But more of a one-man dog, the more-reserved Cardigans tend to save their affections for their owners or favorite individuals. It is quite natural for them to be wary of strange, unfamiliar people.

Once you've gained their loyalty, Cardigan Welsh Corgis outdo themselves as dedicated family dogs. When trained early, Cardigans will be sociable and responsible around children and other house pets.

Ready to please their master, they will behave well whether for show or for obedience training. The least you can do is make this dog feel tall even as it is small while, at the same time, asserting your dominance and leadership.

Health and Exercise

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

Cancer is the leading cause of death for this breed, with old age and neurological disorders coming a close second and third, respectively.

Its most common ailments would be eye and back disorders. And because it gains weight easily, it helps not to over feed this type of dog.

Given their size, they require little of your living space although you will have to provide them with a lot of open space during play and exercise. To prevent these dogs from barking a lot, you've got to calm them down and stimulate their interest through outdoor activities.

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