The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a exuberant member of the Herding Group. This breed is short in stature and moderately heavy boned, but it can hold its own as a cattle driver with enough speed and agility to keep up with the job. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a long body (almost twice its height) and they only weigh anywhere from 25 to 38 lbs, depending on the gender. The average height of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is between ten and thirteen inches.
The temperament of this precious pooch can be summed up as easy going, fun loving, and friendly. If you are looking for a dog that is mild mannered in the home, but loves vigorous games outside this is the dog for you. These dogs are easy to train and make excellent watch dogs. Cardigan Welsh Corgis are friendly towards other pets and humans, but reserved when strange dogs approach.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi: A Brief History
One of the first breeds to arrive in the British Isles is the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Centuries ago these dogs were brought from central Europe to Cardiganshire. The breed has its roots from Wales dating back to ancient times. The breed was used as cattle drovers. The breed’s exact origin is not known, but experts suggest that the short legged English turn spit dogs, which are now extinct, were a part of the blood line.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi was first used as a family guardian and protector. Later some would be brought by hunters into the field. Farmers soon discovered that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi was a natural cattle driving dog, helping to keep cattle moving by nipping at their heels while successfully dodging kicks.
Eventually the Crown lands were divided and fenced. This eliminated the usefulness of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Some people still kept them as pets, but this did not keep them coming close to extinction. To help keep the breed alive it was crossed with the brindle herder. The efforts to keep the breed alive paid off and the first Cardigan Welsh Corgi made its way to the United States in 1931. The AKC recognized the breed in 1935.
Care Requirements for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi needs a surprising amount of daily exercise for such a small dog. They have moderately high energy levels which need several brisk walks throughout the day plus at least one outside play session a day. Herding games are the best form of play for this furry friend, plus the mental stimulation of dog training.
Though the Cardigan Welsh Corgi can withstand hot and cool temperatures it is not meant to live outside. This precious pooch bonds closely with its family and should sleep inside with them at night. Access to a safe fenced in yard during the day is ideal. When it comes to grooming needs the requirements are a thorough brushing once a week to remove dead hair.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Health Concerns
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s average life span is between twelve and fourteen years. The only major health concern for this breed is CHD. Minor health issues include degenerative myelopathy. Rarely seen in the breed is PRA and urinary stones. It is suggested you get your veterinarian to check specifically for DNA for PRA, hip, and eye problems.