Cardigan Welsh Corgi Dog (Breed Information)

A herding dog, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, worked on farms, was the family protector, athlete, and hunting partner. They are considered a smaller dog breed, are affectionate, loyal, and smart.

At A Glance

  • Breed: Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • Breed Group: Herding
  • Temperament: Affectionate, Loyal and Smart
  • D.H.T Outdoor Ranking: 5/10 for Temperature Climates. These dogs are indoor dogs and should not be kept outside for too long in cold or warm weather
  • Worldwide Popularity: Low
  • Breed Origin: Wales

General Information and Breed History

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi was recognized by the AKC in 1935.  It is said to be the oldest of all British dog breeds going back to 1200 BC. They are a herding dog and have worked as an all-around farm dog, family protector, athlete, and hunting partner. 

Cardigans are low to the ground which prevents them from getting kicked in the head by cattle and makes it easy for them to nip at the heels of their herd.  

General Appearance

Cardigan Welsh Corgis are low to the ground, with a long body, heavy boned and are deep-chested, their tail is bushy like a foxtail. These dogs may be small, but don’t let their size fool you, because they are super fast!

Body 

The body of a Welsh Corgi is long and strong.  They are heavy-boned and deep-chested. The neck is well set on strong shoulders.  

Coat

Corgis have a medium-length double coat, making it very dense.  The outer hairs are slightly coarse and never wiry, curly or silky.  It lies smooth and weather resistant. Their undercoat is soft, thick, and short.  They are seasonal shedders. The hair should be kept short on the ears, legs, and head; medium length on the body, and thicker on the thighs, backs, and underside of their tail.

Colors

  • Red, white, tan
  • Sable, white, tan
  • Brindle, white, tan
  • Blue merle with white

Head

  • Head: Moderately flat skull
  • Eyes: Medium to Large
  • Ears: Large, slightly rounded at the tip
  • Level: topline

Legs and Feet

Legs on a Cardigan Welsh Corgi are short and strong. Their feet point straight and they are a little bit smaller than the front feet and their toes are arched, and they have well-filled pads.

General Statistics 

  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 
  • Size:  10.5-12.5 inches
  • Weight: 25-34 Lbs Female, 30-38 Lbs Male

Recommended Doghouse Times Dimensions

These recommendations can be found on the doghouse dimensions chard for 440 recognized breeds which includes this dog breed.  But to save you time, here are the doghouse minimum size requirements.

  • Door Height:  14.3 Inches 
  • Door Width:  9.1 Inches 
  • Inside Ceiling Height:  17.6 Inches
  • Interior House Length:  28.6 Inches 
  • Interior House Width: 18.2 Inches 

Expected Costs 

Breed Average Puppy Cost: $600 – $2000 USD

Starter Costs:  $3,500

This is our estimated costs that can include the cost of the dog, plus any medical shots or examinations, food, bedding, leash, things like that.  These items will get you started. You can expect costs to increase when the dog matures and needs to be neutered or spayed and regular check-ups. 

Anticipated Annual Care Cost:  $2,500

How the Cardigan Welsh Corgi  Dog Reacts To

Babies/Children

Corgis are very intelligent, playful, and most loyal to their families.  The corgi dog breed is not recommended for families that have kids under the age of 5 years old.

Cardigan Welsh Corgis are known to nip at the heels of young children as an attempt to herd them. They do very well with older children and should always be supervised by an adult.  

Other Dogs and Animals 

They do get along just fine with family pets. The Corgi was bred to chase away strays from their property, they can become very territorial in the presence of cats and dogs they are unfamiliar with.

Cats 

Do cat and corgis get along? Yes, they get along great. They are both playful and love high-speed chases. Get ready!

Care Requirements 

Exercise

You may think that a small dog equals little to no exercise.  This would be an incorrect assumption. The corgi requires daily exercise and LOTS of mental stimulation to keep it healthy and out of trouble.  Try some dog sports to keep this dog physically and mentally healthy.

Grooming and Coat Info

Cardigan Welsh Corgis do not require a lot of grooming.  They shed their outer long-haired coat in the spring.  Expect to find hair everywhere in your house. Use a pin brush daily to remove the undercoat. After brushing smooth the hair back down with a comb.  They only require an occasional bathing. 

Health & Nutrition 

Health

Being low to the ground, this breed is open to back issues.  To avoid back issues, make sure the dog does not jump off beds, stairs or other high above ground furniture. 

 Nutrition

Cardigans do well on high-quality dog food.   Visit your veterinarian and ask about what brand will be best for your corgi.   These dogs can pack on the pounds quick. Give them two small meals a day, and do NOT overfeed them with snacks.  A way to check if they are overweight is to feel for their ribs. Take your dog to the vet if you cannot feel their ribs as this is an indication that the dog is overweight.

Training 

These guys like to be in charge and don’t like to take orders.   The good news is that with time and patience, this dog can be trained.  They are highly intelligent and love to please. If you find you are having a very hard time training, try a dog sport like obedience training as this herding dog excels in both sports.

FAQ

Do Cardigan Welsh Corgis bark a lot?

Yes, this dog does bark a lot.  The like to bark at everything which makes them a great guard dog for you and your family.  You can train them to not bark at things with a good obedience training course. 

Are Corgis aggressive?

Corgis can be aggressive with other dogs they are not familiar with. 

Trivia

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older of the two corgi breeds and is a separate and distinct breed from the Pembroke.

Corgis a herding dog breed came from the same line as the Daschund 

Bibliography

  • American Kennel Club – https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/cardigan-welsh-corgi/
  • Wikipedia- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_Corgi
  • The Kennel Club UK- https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/breed/display.aspx?id=5144
  • Candian Kennel Club- https://www.ckc.ca/en/Choosing-a-Dog/Choosing-a-Breed/Herding-Dogs/Welsh-Corgi-Cardigan
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America- https://cardigancorgis.com/cwcca/
  • Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds-D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.

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