The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is one of the oldest
herding breeds and believed to have been
in existence in Wales for over 3,000 years.
These dogs are small and have a long, low-set
frame and upright ears. The Cardigan Welsh
Corgi is sturdy, tough and has a fox-like
appearance. The breed is known to be an
excellent cattle herder, drover and vermin
hunter among many others. Cardigan Welsh
Corgis also exhibit very good guarding skills
and makes a wonderful and loyal companion.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi came to Cardiganshire,
Wales (known as the high country) with the
Celts around 1200 B.C. The breed is cousin
to the Pembroke Corgi Welsh and is also
a member of the Teckel family of dogs which
produced the Dachshund.
In June of 1931, Mrs. Robert Bole of Boston
imported the first pair of Cardigan Welsh
Corgis into the United States and in 1935,
this breed was recognized by the AKC in
the Herding Group
The height for Cardigan Welsh Corgi dogs
is 10-13 inches (25-33cm) and for bitches
10-13 inches (25-33cm)
weight for Cardigan Welsh Corgi dogs is
25-30 pounds (11-14kg) and for bitches 25-30
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi's hard textured
coat is straight and short or medium in
length. Double coat - outer is harsh and
wiry, weather resistant. The under coat
is soft, short and thick. It easy to groom
Cardigan Welsh Corgi's coat - bathe only
when necessary and use a good quality bristle
brush and comb. This breed sheds twice a
Cardigan Welsh Corgis can be any shade of
red, sable, or brindle. They can also be
black with or without tan brindle or blue
merle (black and gray; marbled) with or
without tan or brindle points. White markings
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are alert, intelligent,
protective and loyal. This breed makes for
an excellent companion. The Cardigan Welsh
Corgi is active, obedient and affectionate.
They are not shy nor aggressive, but are
wary of strangers. Cardigan Welsh Corgis
are usually good with children. These dogs
are eager to please and make good therapy
dogs. Cardigan Welsh Corgis are easy to
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are generally
a healthy breed with few diseases. Some
are prone to Progressive Retinal Atrophy
(PRA) as well as spinal disc problems, hip
dysplasia, autoimmune diseases and cataracts.
Do not overfeed this breed, as it tends
to gain weight easily. The average life
span for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is 12
to 15 years.
• The name "Corgi" comes
from the Celtic word for dog.
• The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a tail
- the Pembroke Corgi does not.
• The Cardigan Welsh Corgi was developed
for use as an all-purpose farm dog.
AKC: Herding Group
ANKC: Group 5 - Working Dogs
CKC: Group 7 - Herding Dogs
FCI: Group 1 Section 1 Sheepdogs
UKC: Herding Dog