Long, low-set dogs with sturdy bone, short legs, and a deep chest, Cardigan Welsh Corgis are powerful little workers of deceptive speed and grace. They can weigh anywhere from 25 to 34 pounds, with females at the lower end of the range. They come in several coat colors, from red to the popular blue-merle pattern. The quickest way to distinguish Cardigans from their cousins, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, is to check out the hindquarters: Cardigans have tails; Pembrokes do not.
Cardigans are masterpieces of the dog breeder’s art: Every aspect of their makeup is perfectly suited to moving cattle, and yet they are so congenial and sweet-faced that they’d be cherished companions even if they never did a day’s work. They’re very trainable, faithful, and vigilant guardians with a “big dog” bark. Well-socialized Cardigans are especially fond of kids and agreeable with other pets. Proper exercise and diet are vital to these long, low dogs—they’re hearty eaters and excess weight can lead to health issues.
Did You Know?
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi, unlike the Pembroke, possesses a tail.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older of the two Corgi breeds and is a separate and distinct breed from the Pembroke.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi, as its name implies, originated in the British Isles.
The Cardigan first came to the Cardiganshire (its place of origin) with the Celts, migrating to Wales in 1200 BC, meaning that the Corgi has been known in its namesake land for more than 3000 years.
The Cardigan springs from the same line of dogs as the Dachshund.
The purpose of the Corgi was to nip the heels of cattle and drive them, clearing his owner's ground of neighboring cattle, before fences were used.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & White||019|
|Blue Merle & White||051|
|Brindle & White||059|
|Red & White||146|
|Sable & White||165|
|Brindle Merle & White||329|
|Gray & White||105|
|Liver & White||125|
|Red Merle & White||330|
|Sable Merle & White||277|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black Mask & Ticked||047|
|Brindle Points & Ticked||048|
|Tan Points & Ticked||049|