Height: 10.5-12.5 inches
Weight: 25-38 lbs.
Life Span: 12-15 yrs.
Breed Group: Herding Dogs
Cardigan Welsh corgis are loyal and affectionate family dogs, intelligent,
and easy to train. This dog has a tradition to uphold, guarding its property,
checking on strangers, and nipping the heels of running humans.
Early training and socialization are important. The Cardigan Welsh corgi
is a first-rate watchdog, barking when strangers are at the door but relaxing
when they enter.
They are not usually aggressive, but will confidently hold their own with
larger dogs; two male corgis in a single household will fight for dominance.
Cardigans accommodate small animals, such as cats, if socialized with them
at an early age. They adapt well to city and apartment life.
The corgi's medium-length outercoat is harsh, dense, and weather-resistant;
its undercoat is short, soft, thick, and insulating.
Color is red, sable, brindle, black, or blue merle, sometimes with white
markings on the neck, chest, legs, face, feet, and tip of the tail. The
tail is long and the ears round-tipped.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Cardigan Welsh corgis need to be brushed once a week. They adapt to the
exercise schedule of their family and enjoy daily brisk walks.
The Cardigan Welsh corgi is an ancient breed probably introduced to Wales
by the Celts more than 3,000 years ago. Its long, low-to-the-ground body
and short legs reflect its dachshund ancestors.
In the 19th century this tough, fearless dog was a "heeler," directing livestock
by nipping at their heels.
Breed-related health concerns: progressive retinal atrophy, glaucoma,
intervertebral disc protrusion, bladder stones.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club