Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Personality:Loyal, affectionate, and smart; even-tempered, never shy

Coat & Grooming:The dense, medium-length, double coat requires routine brushing; undercoat sheds out seasonally

Energy Level:Very Active; Athletic, rugged herders with a love for the outdoors, Cardigans thrive on mental and physical activity

Originally: Wales

Nicknames: Cardigan; Cardi

Size: Medium

Meet the Cardigan Welsh Corgi

​Long, low-set dogs with sturdy bone, short legs, and a deep chest, Cardigans are powerful little workers of deceptive speed and grace. They can weigh anywhere from 25 to 34 pounds, with females at the lower end of the range. They come in several coat colors, from red to the popular blue-merle pattern. The quickest way to distinguish Cardigans from their cousins, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, is to check out the hindquarters: Cardigans have tails; Pembrokes do not.

What's Their Story?

​Cardigans are the older of the two corgi breeds. In fact, they’re among the oldest of all British breeds. Some say they were brought to Wales by the Celts some 3,000 years ago. The adaptable Cardigan has played many roles in its day—farm dog, hunting partner, flock guardian and family protector, adored pet, athlete—but is most famous as a hardworking heeler of livestock. (A heeler moves cows by nipping at their heels.) The two corgis were considered a single breed in Britain until 1934.

What are they Like?

​Cardigans are masterpieces of the dog breeder’s art: Every aspect of their makeup is perfectly suited to moving cattle, and yet they are so congenial and sweet-faced that they’d be cherished companions even if they never did a day’s work. They’re very trainable, faithful, and vigilant guardians with a “big dog” bark. Well-socialized Cardigans are especially fond of kids and agreeable with other pets. Proper exercise and diet are vital to these long, low dogs—they’re hearty eaters and excess weight can lead to health issues.

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