Records have been discovered that states that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi has existed in the UK since about 1200 BC. They are thought to have been brought to Wales by the Celts. They were very popular as cattle drovers. The Cardigan and Pembroke Corgis were recognised as separate breeds in the UK in 1934.



The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a small sized, sturdy little dog that is set low to the ground. Their straight, medium or short length coat is waterproof. They have a fox like brush for a tail, and their head has the look of a fox also. They are much longer than they are tall.

Size Medium
Colour They can be brindle, sable, red, black and tan or blue merle in colour.
Coat Length Short Medium
Weight/Height Range Ideally dogs should measure 30cms at the withers and weigh between 15-18kgs. Bitches should measure between 27-32cms at the withers and weigh between 11-15kgs.
Ailments The Cardigan Corgi appears to be quite a hardy little dog but there are some ailments that are common to this breed. They do have a tendency to become overweight and this can lead to back and joint problems. Other joint problems can occur at the shoulders and wrists. Breeders are screening for hip dysplasia and the eyes.
Breed Classification
The Cardigan Corgi is a member of the pastoral group. They were originally used for livestock droving; today they are still used for livestock droving but are more commonly kept as companion dogs.

Feeding & Ownership

Feeding must be watched as they do have a tendency to become overweight.

Food Cost $10 to $15



The Cardigan Corgi is an intelligent and active little dog. They are obedient and are loyal to the family. They do get on well with children as long as they are treated with respect. They are ideally suited to the active family. They should be socialised and training started at an early age.


Intelligence The Cardigan is an intelligent dog that loves a challenge. They are not too difficult to train but they can to take over the training sessions if given the chance. As puppies they do require to be properly socialised and trained.
Energy Medium
Suitability for Children High
Tendency to Bark Low
Overall Exercise Requirement This Corgi requires an adequate amount of exercise, even though they only have short legs, and likes to be kept active; however they are fairly adaptable exercise wise and will fit in with family life. This dog still has the herding instincts of its ancestors, and as such likes constant activity in its life. They do have a tendency to nip heels and chase feet. It has to be noted that they are prone to back and joint problems so they must be watched when there is a lot of stair climbing involved in any of their activities. It is advisable not to encourage stair climbing and jumping until the puppy is at least 6 months old.    
Suitability as a Guard Dog Low
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Low
Other Animal Compatibility Medium



The coat of the Corgi is of short or medium length, straight and waterproof with a dense undercoat. This coat needs a small amount of time spent on grooming. They do need to be brushed to remove any loose and dead hairs. If they have been out in the mud then it is easy to remove the dirt once it has dried.  

Grooming Requirements More than once a week
Amount of Hair Shed Moderate

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