Cardigan Welsh Corgi
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi emerged from Wales more than 3,000 years ago and is believed to have descended from dogs brought to the country from Celtic tribes. Originally, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi was used as a working dog to clear a path for cattle and later they became herders, drovers, watch dogs and ratters.
When the Vikings arrived in Wales 1,000 years ago they had with them a Spitz-type dog that was crossed with some of the existing Corgis. The resulting breed was known as the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the breed that was left untouched was known as the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi weighs 25 to 38 pounds and measures 10 to 12 inches.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a thick, medium-length coat that sheds moderately most of the year and more heavily with the change of seasons in the spring and fall. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi should be brushed once a week, then more frequently during their heavier shedding seasons. They are naturally clean and only need to be bathed occasionally.
Like all dogs, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is spirited and alert.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a small dog with a big personality. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi loves to have fun and can be a bit of a comedian. They are highly devoted to their family and have lots of affection for them. Cardigan Welsh Corgis can be great playmates for children, although they often have to be trained not to herd or nip at them.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi was bred to be a guardian and is therefore naturally protective of their family. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is fearless and vigilant. They are polite, but wary with new people and quick to bark when someone or something strikes them as suspicious.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is intelligent and determined. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi tends to be independent, but learns quickly and is responsive to training. Once they have the basics down, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi can go on to participate in agility, tracking, herding and flyball.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi likes to be active and has lots of endurance for a smaller dog. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi should have a long daily walk in addition to regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play.