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.
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
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The Cardigan springs from the same line of dogs as the Dachshund.
About this Breed
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older of the two Corgi dog breeds, with dogs of this type believed to have existed in Wales for more than 3,000 years. The Cardigan is distinguished by his long tail — like the sleeves of a cardigan sweater — and was used to drive cattle to market. Known as the yard-long dog, the Cardigan is sensible and affectionate. They love spending time with family and are active, fun-loving playmates for school-age children. The Cardigan’s medium-length coat comes in many colors and patterns, including red, brindle, blue merle and black, usually with white markings.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is one of two separate dog breeds known as Welsh corgis that originated in Wales, the other being the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. It is one of the oldest herding breeds. Cardigan Welsh Corgis can be extremely loyal family dogs. They are able to live in a variety of settings. They need regular daily physical and mental stimulation. Cardigans are a versatile breed and a wonderful companion.
Corgis are built “long and low” and stand at about 10 or 12 inches at the shoulder. They typically weigh about 30 pounds and boast short strong legs and muscular thighs.
Corgis love physical activity and should exercise every day. With their short legs, it can be tough for them to go on a long run, but they would be great on a long walk! Your Corgi would love a job to do, so if you want to extend your playtime beyond a light jog or walk, hide one of their toys so they can hunt for it.
Corgis love herding, obedience, tracking, and agility.
Corgis have a thick coat that is weatherproof. Their coat has two layers: a soft, light undercoat and a coarse outer coat. They need to be brushed every day and have extra baths during shedding season.
You should trim your Corgis nails often and ensure that their ears are clean.
An Embark Dog DNA Test looks at the following health conditions in Cardigan Welsh Corgis:
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