Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)

The Cardigan Corgi is a squat little dog with a fluffy tail and a fox like face. Despite it's long body and short legs they are naturally active with a straight, waterproof and medium length coat.

Other Names
Cardie
Country of Origin
Wales
Colour
Brindle, sable, red, black, tan or blue merle colour and unlike their Pembroke cousins also have a tail.
Size
Medium
Height / Weight
Height 30cms at the withers and weigh 15-18kgs. Bitches measure 27-32cms at the withers and weigh 11-15kgs.
Health
The Cardigan Corgi is a hardy little working dog but there are some ailments that you'll need to look out for! An overweight Corgi will often have back and joint problems so keeping them active and not overfeeding is a good way to maintain their health. Breeders now screen for common problems like hip dysphasia as well as eye issues which affect Corgis like retinal displasia. You'll also need to be aware of glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy as well as bladder stones.
Life Span
12-14 years
Intelligence
The Cardi is a smart little dog! They love a challenge and will try and lead the pack if you let them. That being said they are quick to learn and will flourish if properly socialised and trained young.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

Corgis have a tendency to overeat and their meals should be portion controlled to prevent them becoming overweight or obese.

Feeding Cost
$10-$15 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
The Corgi is a little dog, and despite their short legs they need a lot of exercise! As they were originally cattle dogs they like to herd and be on the move and if not adequately exercised can become overweight and develop health issues.
Ailments
The Cardigan Corgi is a hardy little working dog but there are some ailments that you'll need to look out for! An overweight Corgi will often have back and joint problems so keeping them active and not overfeeding is a good way to maintain their health. Breeders now screen for common problems like hip dysphasia as well as eye issues which affect Corgis like retinal displasia. You'll also need to be aware of glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy as well as bladder stones.
Hair Shed
Moderate
Grooming

The Corgi is widely known for its medium-length straight coat. What you may not know is that the coat is actually waterproof with a warm and dense undercoat! You will need to make sure you brush regularly for loose and dead hairs, especially on the longer tail, but otherwise are fairly low maintenance. If your Cardi has been out playing in the mud they're easy to clean by waiting for it to dry and brushing it out, that may not help you if they've already made a mess of kitchen floor though!

 

Grooming Frequency
More than once a week
Trimming
None
The Cardi is considered the older of the two Corgi breeds and is thought to have been brought to Wales by the Celts almost 3000 years ago! Corgis were hugely popular in the 14th to 18th centuries as cattle drovers though have also worked as flock watchers and being the valiant family guardian! In 1928 the Corgi was accepted by the American Kennel Club. At this stage they were still one breed, and were finally recognised as separate breeds, the Pembroke and the Cardigan Corgi in the UK in 1934.


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