The thing that catches your eye when it comes to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the short nature of the dog. The length of the dog in relation to its height seems too low.
The head relates well to the rest of the dog. The top line of this dog is level, a good representation that the back and front legs are equal in length. The Welsh Corgi has a rounded head that has a flat and tapered skull. The muzzle of the dog comes to a tapered stop. Teeth for the dog meet to a scissors bite. The tail is set low and quite long. The ears are generally erect.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is generally hairy, with a double coat. The most common colors for the hair coat include: brindle, fawn, red black, blue, gray, black or merle. The dog has mostly brown eyes, though the color is at times determined by the color coat of the dog. The undercoat of the dog is quite thick and soft while the outer coat is generally long and coarse.
In most cases, the dog will have white markings on the legs, parts of the muzzle, chest and neck. To avoid confusing the Cardigan Welsh Corgi with the Pembroke, the tail ought to be the main distinct feature. The Pembroke lacks a tail while the Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a tail. The height range of the dog is between 10 -13 inches while the weight average of the dog is 25 – 30 pounds.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a highly intelligent dog that is very obedient and does its level best in a bid to please its owner. This is a loving dog that is quite easy to deal with. It is however very shy and will be reserved to meet any visitors. The dog is also very active and devoted and is a very good dog for children. It is a good guard dog as it learns on when to bark as is a good show dog. It is easy for the dog to learn new tricks.
This is a dog that can cause brawls with other dogs when it is not taught that aggressiveness is not a warranted behavior. A dog that barks to communicate means you are not effectively communicating to the dog. Daily exercise is also recommended for the dog to ensure it stays healthy and it does not run into behavior problems.
Some health problems have been shown to affect the Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s health. These include: glaucoma, back disorders, PRA and weight gain which could lead to multiple organ failure.
There is no reported problem that causes bad health in the dog, thus a normal life curve is expected, with most dogs being documented to live to their old age, generally 12 – 15 years.
Combing and brushing the wiry hair coat is recommended at least once a week. The dog also sheds twice a year.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has been bred from the Pomeranian, Schipperkes and Swedish Vallhund. Its first mention is dated 1200 BC. It was accepted by the AKC in 1935.