Welsh Corgi Cardigan


Alert, Active, Balanced
Size: Small
Height: 25-33 cm
Weight: 11-17 kg
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Coat: Medium Hair
Colors: Blue merle, brindle, red, sable
FCI Group: Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)

The Welsh Corgi Cardigan originates from Wales in Great Britain. He is often just called "Cardigan" so as not to confuse him with the Welsh Corgi Pembroke. The Welsh Corgi Cardigan is a recognized dog breed (FCI Group 1, Section 1, Standard No. 38). This herding dog builds a strong bond with its owner. The earlier he is in contact with children, the less complicated he is. If he gains good experience with children, he will be a great family dog.

Welsh Corgi Cardigan
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You can find the Welsh Corgi Cardigan in almost all colors. However, the white portion in the coat should have every dog. This percentage is less than 30 percent in a Corgi. His coat is of medium length and can withstand any weather. The most common color combinations are red, beige-white, blue-merle, black-white or tricolor.

The adult Welsh Corgi weighs about 10 to 12 kilograms. He should reach a shoulder height of 25 to 33 centimeters. The upright ears look quite large like a bat. The tips of the ears are rounded. Due to its short legs, the Welsh Corgi Cardigan appears somewhat unusual.

The head of the Welsh Corgi Cardigan is flat and broad. The long body with the strong torso looks muscular. His tail reminds of a fox. The medium sized eyes look at you alert and awake. His life expectancy is 10 to 12 years.

If you choose a Welsh Corgi Cardigan, you'll love its versatility. He wants to be challenged. Besides its endurance, the vigilant herding and driving dog is Very intelligent. It is manifested in the behavior not aggressive. The loving protector behaves suspiciously towards strangers. A Welsh Corgi Cardigan barks only in exceptional situations. Despite his robust physique, he is agile and fast.

Welsh Corgi Cardigans do not need a large territory and will adapt. If he can regularly indulge his urge to exercise outdoors, you can also keep him in the City apartment hold. Only a walk is not enough, he needs a lot of exercise. However, because of its short legs, you must make sure that it is does not climb too many stairs. It is susceptible to Spinal damage by its long physique.

The Welsh Corgi Cardigan is more suitable for older children who can already bear responsibility. He also gets along well with other pets. However, you should know that he can be a little heel biter. He likes to play when children are affectionate with him.

The Welsh Corgi Cardigan needs a non-violent upbringing. But you should consistent be, because he tries to impose his head. When raising this lovable dog, your focus should be on obedience. He otherwise puts the rank order is always questioned and becomes stubborn.

This breed has one feature - he wants to please. However, it brings with it the instinct to bite its heels. You should get the Welsh Corgi Cardigan out of this habit as early as possible.

Despite this, the Cardigan is still a traditional working dog. He has an increased urge to move. Therefore, you should provide him with regular play and exercise experiences.

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Children suitable:

With supervision

The right food

Excess weight is dangerous for the Welsh Corgi Cardigan. He likes to eat and also overeat if you let him. The Cardigan then tends to Herniated discs, Spine problems and Arthritis. That's why you should learn about the proper nutrition of a cardigan beforehand. In addition, you regularly monitor his body weight. This breed also tends to Eye diseases. But otherwise the herding dog is hardly susceptible and does not need special food.

The nimble Welsh Corgi Cardigan differs in nutritional requirements from other dog breeds. As a former herding and driving dog, he shows a high urge to move. He has demands on his diet to both prevent obesity and meet his performance needs.

In addition, each animal is an individual. As with humans, food intolerances can occur. Allergies to certain types of meat also occur more in dogs in general. Accordingly, you should pay attention to the individual diet of your Welsh Corgi Cardigan. Of course, the age, size and weight of your dog are also part of these criteria.

The Welsh Corgi Cardigan moves a lot. He therefore has a increased energy requirements for its muscular activity. If the dog is still used as a working dog, this increases its energy and thus the food requirement. His alertness alone can increase the energy turnover. Because the Welsh Corgi Cardigan is active, he needs a lot of energy. Provide him with this extra energy in the form of carbohydrates, fat and protein.

Health & Care

Due to its medium length coat, Welsh Corgi Cardigan needs grooming. It is not complicated. Usually it is enough if you brush once a week. As a dog owner, however, you will get a sense yourself if your dog may need to be brushed more often. During the coat change in spring and autumn, this can certainly be the case. It also depends on where your Welsh Corgi Cardigan roams.

You should only bathe your dog if he comes home covered in mud. Then you can rinse it with clean water. The water should be lukewarm. Dogs do not like it too hot or too cold.

If the dog has excrement in the fur, you can use a Dog shampoo use. Possibly he rolled in something malodorous, then the same applies. Shampoos for people are not suitable. In general, you should only use dog shampoo in an emergency. The natural protective skin coat of the dog should be preserved. It protects him from diseases and external influences.

When you buy a puppy, get him used to brushing his teeth right away. It will not take long and it will be natural. The dog's dentition needs a weekly check, just like the eyes.

The ears from the Welsh Corgi Cardigan are easy to clean. You should also do this once a week. The vet has special drops for cleaning.

A control of the Paws and claws is also part of the mandatory program. If the dog plays outside a lot, grass mites can cause inflammation. Foreign bodies such as thorns or burrs are also painful for your dog.

You only need to trim the claws if they become too long. A healthy dog will usually clip its own claws. If the Welsh Cardigan poops two or three times a day, everything is fine. There should be no remains under the tail afterwards.

Suitable accessories

For the Welsh Corgi Cardigan puppy is a soft, padded leather harness exactly the right choice. A harness is also well suited for the adult dog. It does not interfere with his urge to move on the leash. It prevents too much tension around the neck. A sturdy telescopic leash up to 5 meters long is more suitable for him than a short leash.

Balls to play with will inspire him. Agility and his intelligence make him a sporty dog. About games like Treibball he is pleased. Intelligence Toys for his mental work or just nose work is enough for the dog.

Otherwise, the Cardigan wants to decide about games themselves. As long as he is allowed to move, he is happy. The Welsh Corgi Cardigan can be a real winner with its agility and skill at the Agility training really live out. If there is such a dog playground near you, where he can prove his dexterity, your Corgi will be happy.

Welsh Corgi Cardigan History

Origin & History

In the British county of Cardiganshire lies the origin of the Welsh Corgi Cardigan. Welsh corgi means dwarf dog or small, low dog. It is said that this type of dog was already known in the Celtic period. It is said to have been at home in the hill country of Wales as early as 3000 years ago. It is believed that this drover dog descended from the dogs of the Vikings.

The Peatspitz is also considered the ancestor of the Welsh Corgi Cardigan. Farmers loved the Cardigan as an attentive watchdog. He guarded the cattle, drove the herds. Another task was hunting birds and small game.

Short-legged Cardigan ducks under hooves of kicking cattle, lunges forward and pinches an unruly cow in the fetlocks. Kicks from such large animals he quickly and skillfully dodges. On the farm he took over the extermination of mice and rats and guarded the property.

The Welsh Corgi Cardigan was still crossed with the Welsh Corgi Pembroke until 1934. After that, the breedings were completely separated by breed. Only then the Kennel Club recognized both as different breeds.

The Welsh Corgi Cardigan had fewer supporters than the Pembroke. Not least because the royal family decided in favor of the Pembroke. In Europe he was unknown until 1955. The Netherlands imported and registered English dogs during this time.

The Dutch Cardigan breed developed into the leading breed in Europe in the sixties. German breeding today is also very much influenced by Dutch dogs.

The Cardigan is one of the oldest dog breeds in Britain. When most of the land still belonged to the king, the pasture land was not allowed to be fenced. The job of the Welsh Corgi was to drive the herds into the fields.

When the land was sold to the farmers, they were allowed to fence. The Cardigan thus lost its usefulness and became a luxury. The Welsh Corgi Cardigan breed is threatened with extinction.