Cardigan Welsh Corgi
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Welsh Corgi Cardigan
Males 27-30 cm
Females 25-28 cm
Males 15-17 kg
Females 14-16 kg
Stiff, with a developed undercoat
Black and white, red with white marks, tricolor (black, white, red)
12-15 years old
Shepherd and herding dogs, other than Swiss herding dogs
Dogs for children, ornamental dogs
Features of the breed
History of Origin
The Cardigan Corgi breed is a small dog that belongs to the herding group of species and is considered native to the United Kingdom. The Cardigan Corgi originated as a crossbreed in the 1930s. Corgis were traditionally used for guarding, herding, and escorting cattle. They worked by biting cattle to chase them, and their small stature and agility allowed them to avoid being hit.
This is an ancient breed, so there are several different theories of their origin. The most popular claim that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi belonged to the same group of dogs bred by dachshunds. It is believed that dachshunds were crossed with native English sheepdogs to produce the corgi’s early ancestors.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The Welsh Corgi Cardigan and the Welsh Corgi Pembroke have a similar appearance with some differences. Mostly because of their size and coat color. The color can be anything, sometimes with white spots. They are often three-masted. The body is small, compact, and the tail is long. The corgi is a little dog with big ears. Its average height is 30 cm. Have long bodies relative to their height. The back is straight, and the corgi also has a loose and active gait.
Corgis are intelligent, amiable, and affectionate dogs with robust and playful personalities. Despite their small size, they are strong-willed and can often be willful. They are usually very good with children – especially in their own family. Corgis are very loyal and sometimes suspicious of strangers.
Corgis require no special care. The corgi’s short, fluffy coat is effortless. It always looks its best, which is one of the many reasons why the breed makes a great pet. Grooming takes less than 10 minutes, and unless your pet likes to wallow in the stinky stuff, he’ll need a bath too often.
Cardigan Corgis are intelligent dogs and learn very quickly. They have a strong personality and are easily motivated by food, which can help with training. They need firm and consistent practice, so they don’t become naughty and awkward. Early socialization is also crucial, so they don’t develop aggressive behavior toward other dogs. Corgis can excel in obedience and agility trials.
The breed is “dwarfed” and this can lead to certain diseases such as:
- intervertebral disc disease (IDD);
- degenerative myelopathy;
- hip dysplasia;
- PRA is progressive retinal atrophy;
- von Willebrand’s disease.
Corgis have an excellent appetite and are prone to overeating, so you should feed them a small amount of food at strictly defined times. If the dog has not eaten his portion, you need to put away his bowl until the next meal. Even if the pet wants to continue eating, you don’t have to go along with it. This will harm his health later on: back problems may occur.