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Welsh Corgi Cardigan

Country/Date of Origin: Great Britain/1200s

In the Cardiganshire region of Wales, the Corgi with a tail has been the all around farm dog for centuries. It is an excellent cattle drover and vermin router. Although it has been interbred with the Pembroke Corgi since the 19th Century, it does not have the same ancestors. The Cardigan has Dachshunds and farm Collies in its background and the Pembroke descended from northern Spitz type droving dogs. The small size is an asset in the Corgi's style of droving. It nips the heels of the cows and when they kick in retaliation, it drops to the ground to avoid the flying heels. The little dog is fearless seemingly unaware that it is so small. The first Corgis were shown in Britain in 1925 with both types in a single class. In 1934 the two varieties were separated for show purposes.

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Ci Llathaid (meaning Yard Long Dog)

AKC Group: Herding

Breed Club: Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America

Rescue Club: Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Rescue

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Body Type:

  • Sturdy looking dog whose body is long in relationship to its height
  • Height: 10-12 inches (at shoulder)
  • Weight: 25-38 pounds
  • The tail is long, bushy and carried low. It is never altered
  • The ears are large, erect and wide set. They are not altered. The Cardigan's ears are set wider, are more rounded and larger than the Pembroke's
  • Dogs may have one or two pale blue eyes in the merle coloring


  • Bright and alert but only moderately active
  • Intelligent and very willing to please
  • Easily trained
  • Playful nature
  • Excellent with children
  • Good watchdog. Reserved with strangers


  • The dense, harsh, medium length coat lies close to the body
  • Permissible colors are red, sable, brindle, blue merle, or black with or without tan or blue brindle points. All colors usually with white markings
  • Requires little coat care

Health Concerns:

  • Prone to back problems
  • Possible eye problems
  • May have bleeding disorder
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • The "Corgi with a tail" is much more difficult to find than the tailless Pembroke
  • Does well in an apartment. Owners often have two Cardigans so they can amuse themselves when left alone

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