Cardigan Welsh Corgi


A small to medium sized Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Quick Summary
Also Known As
Height (at withers)10-13in (25-33cm)
Weight25-38lbs (11-17kg)
Hair Colour(s)Varies
Lifespan12-15 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirements
Ease of training
Suitability for kidsHigh
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftMedium

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a low set yet sturdy dog with an elongated body and short legs. It has a short, dense undercoat and a short or medium length outercoat. The colouring varies but includes brindle, black, red, fawn, sable, and blue merle, all usually with white markings.


Cardigan Welsh Corgis are affectionate and loving dogs with gentle natures. Two of their best qualities are their even-tempers and adaptability, and they make good family pets. These dogs are obedient, responsive, intelligent and easy to train, but they can also be independant and need a firm hand when it comes to their tendency for nipping, which is part of their herding instinct. For this reason they are best suited to those with experience of owning dogs, but novice owners should manage okay too. Cardigan Welsh Corgis will usually get along well with children, especially older, more considerate children, but need early socialisation around other pets, especially cats, as they were once used to repel stray cats. These dogs tend to be reserved but polite around strangers, and make good watchdogs because of their tendency to bark and raise the alarm if something is not quite right. These dependable and reliable dogs may not be as popular as the Pembroke Welsh Corgi but they make loyal pets.

History & Skills

The clues to Cardigan Welsh Corgis origins are all to be found within their name. These dogs come from Cardiganshire in Wales, and the name Corgi comes from two Welsh words: Cor or cur, meaning dwarf or working dog, and gi for dog. These dogs were bred to herd cattle as well as for killing vermin and were valuable assets to farmers. After a hard working day, they would be brought into the home at night to become a friend, protector and companion to the family and children. These days they are still used for these latter purposes, and are still good mouse catchers.

Breed Specific Ailments

Cardigan Welsh Corgis tend to live between 12-15 years and are pretty healthy dogs, but some of the health issues associated with this breed includes thyroid problems, spinal problems, hip dysplasia, PRA, and obesity.


Cardigan Welsh Corgis are medium shedders and require minimal grooming. The coat should be brushed once or twice a week with a firm bristled brush, and this may need stepping up during periods of heavier shedding as these dogs are seasonal shedders. The ears should be checked and kept clean to prevent infections, and the nails should be kept trimmed. Show dogs can have their feet trimmed also.

Exercise & Environment

Cardigan Welsh Corgis can live inside or out but do love the outdoors in general. Their execrise needs can be met through playing indoors and access to a yard or garden areas, or through a daily walk.


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KCThe Kennel Club (UK)
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