The dense, medium-length, double coat requires routine brushing; undercoat sheds out seasonally.
The Cardigan can adapt to country life or city apartments, but need some form of daily exercise. As a companion dog, they love to be with their people and are loyal, affectionate and even-tempered. The breed’s double coat requires regular brushing.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Cardigan is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
A quick brushing once a day will easily remove any dirt, mud or shedding hair. However, don’t expect to live in a hair free environment. This breed carries a thick double coat and seasonal shedding will require a little more effort to keep your dog and house tidy. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
As a companion dog, they love to be with their people and are loyal, affectionate and even-tempered. In keeping with their Welsh farm heritage and intelligence, Cardigans do well in obedience, tracking, agility, rally, and, of course, herding trials. Cardigans also make excellent therapy dogs and show dogs. The Cardigan is generally an active dog, but in adulthood he doesn't get carried away with it. He has stamina and loves walks and romps, but doesn't absolutely require more exercise than he gets around the house and yard. With exercise, he can be quite athletic with surprising ball chasing speed. The Cardigan is equally at home in the city as on the farm and adapts well to any lifestyle. He does need a good walk everyday or time to run and play outside. More exercise will help to keep him trim and fit. Mental exercise is also a must; a Cardigan enjoys having a job to do each day. He'll help you retrieve the newspaper, pick up the kids from school or feed the cows.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi &HEALTH
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is overall a very healthy breed. The few diseases that might be present in Cardigans are also common problems affecting both purebred and crossbred dogs.These include hip dysplasia, a malformation of the hip joints that causes arthritis and pain; progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), which causes blindness; and rarely, degenerative myelopathy (DM), a disease that causes progressive paralysis and seems to only affect very old Cardigans.
Tests that a breeder might perform are OFA or Penn Hip for hip dysplasia, a genetic test to detect a PRA carrier and a genetic test that identifies dogs that may be at risk of developing DM. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America (CWCCA) maintains a list on their website of those dogs who have either been tested for PRA or cleared by parentage or pedigree.