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A Highly Affectionate Dog with very Short Legs,
This Intelligent Pet Will Need Consistent Daily Activity

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Easy-going, friendly, fun-loving and very energetic, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi (also simply known as the Cardigan) is a long, low dog with disproportionately short legs compared to the rest of the body. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi looks exceedingly long, but it's actually not any longer than other dogs – its short legs just make it seem that way.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is like the Pembroke Welsh Corgi in many ways, and in fact the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the other, more recently developed of the two Corgi breeds. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi was developed as a farm dog and drover but don’t let its small size fool you. With a deep chest and moderately-heavy bone structure, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is powerful, with great endurance and speed when needed. It's also very docile and relaxed, obedient and intelligent, and wholly devoted to people it loves.

History
As the older of the two Corgi breeds (the newer being the Pembroke Welsh Corgi), the Cardigan Welsh Corgi was probably descended from dogs that emigrated from central Europe to Wales with the Celts. Cardiganshire is the breed's birthplace, perfect for this little working dog that needs to be doing something at all times – and indeed, Cardiganshire's cattle herds provided the perfect backdrop for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi's predecessors. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi's ancestors drove cattle to market by nipping at their heels to get them moving, and were swift and agile enough to avoid the kicking hooves that were one of the major dangers of the job.

With industrialization came a shift in jobs for the Corgi, in that people began to breed these dogs with other herd dogs like the first Pomeranians (larger than today's Pomeranians), and Collies. The blue merle color available in today's Cardigan breed may have come from the Collie cross.

For a while, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was more popular than the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and at one time the two were actually considered the same breed. There was even worry that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi might become "extinct." Beginning in 1934, however, the Kennel Club separated them so that the Cardigan was given a chance to thrive as its own breed. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi Association provided the first breed standard. With a Mrs. Robert Bole of Boston, Massachusetts providing a 1931 importation of Corgis, the breed began to flourish in the US. It was recognized in 1935 by the American Kennel Club.

Today, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is still less popular than the Pembroke Welsh Corgi (ranking 84th among breeds registered by the AKC), but popular enough that it no longer is in danger of extinction. It is classified as a member of the herding group.

Appearance
This is a pet that confirms the statement, “love at first sight.” You will find its gentle, alert and watchful expression totally adorable. Relatively heavy-boned and with short legs, the long Cardigan has a length that is nearly two times (1.8) its height. Small but powerful, it can drive cattle for long periods of time, nipping at their feet to keep them moving but easily avoiding their kicking hooves – in part because of its small size. Adult Cardigans stand between 10 to 13 inches at the shoulder and weigh just 25 to 30 pounds. Nonetheless, the dog is very deep-chested and has a long, low-set tail. The short, thick weather-resistant undercoat and long, coarse outer coat protect the Cardigan Welsh Corgi from inclement weather. Some Cardigan Welsh Corgis are born with long coats and are called "long-haired Corgis," or "fluffy Corgis." While still valuable, these dogs are not show dogs because they do not meet the standard.

The difference between the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan is that the Pembroke doesn't have a long tail (which is usually docked). Also, the Pembroke's legs are usually straighter, and it has a slightly shorter body. Pembroke coats also tend to be lighter than Cardigan coats. Cardigan fur colors can be blue merle (marbled black and gray); brindle and black; brindle; fawn; sable; and black and tan; with or without white markings. Dogs also often have white markings on the neck, chest, legs, and some on the muzzle.

Temperament
Very intelligent, obedient, playful, and extremely eager-to-please, this dedicated, reliable pet will be very affectionate with you, but can be somewhat aloof with strangers. This dog depends on your companionship – and also needs to be kept very busy. This is a very energetic breed that needs lots of activity, even more than its Pembroke cousin.

It should be noted that even though this dog is very obedient, you have to make sure to provide gentle, firm, consistent training from the moment you bring it home. Young puppies soak up everything you teach them, so start early. Obedience class is an excellent idea, not only for the training it provides, but for the opportunity to socialize with other dogs. 10 to 12 weeks of age is perfect to start obedience classes, although you should not do so until your puppy has gotten the proper vaccinations, as many obedience classes require.

Finally, the highly energetic Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a true athlete, agile and fast – and can run very well. Although this dog may not look it, it can be a true contender in the show ring in agility trials (if appearance permits and you wish to do so).

The small Cardigan Welsh Corgi is equally happy in an apartment setting or a large house – it really doesn't matter, as long as you provide plenty of activity during the day. You must also be a very devoted owner. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi loves people and wants only to be around you and others it loves. If you can't spend significant time one-on-one with the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, it's recommended that you get a more "emotionally detached" breed.

Health
As with other "long, low" breeds like the Dachshund (another breed probably crossbred early with other breeds to produce the Cardigan Welsh Corgi), the Cardigan is susceptible to intervertebral disk disease, cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy. You can minimize the incidence of these problems by working with a reputable breeder and making sure that your pet's parents have been independently certified to be free of these defects. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America, the American Kennel Club's parent organization for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi in the United States, is part of the Canine Health Information Center Program that certifies dogs to be free of breed-related disease or other abnormalities.

With proper care, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi should live between 12 and 15 years.

Grooming
The coat is water-resistant, wiry and of medium length. Shedding occurs only twice a year. Brush your pet regularly with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only if necessary.

References
Adopt a Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
http://www.petfinder.com/dog-breeds/Cardigan-Welsh-Corgi.
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AKC Meet the Breeds®: Get to know the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
http://www.akc.org/breeds/cardigan_ welsh_corgi/index.cfm.
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Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardigan_Welsh_Corgi.
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Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
http://www.cydoniamall.com/pets/53/dog/Cardigan%20Welsh%20Corgi.html.
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Cardigan Welsh Corgi (Welsh Corgi) (Corgi).
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Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
http://www.petmd.com/dog/breeds/c_dg_cardigan_welsh_corgi.
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Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
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Group Classification: Herding

Recognized By: CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR

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Hair Length: Medium

Shedding: Lite Shed

Body Size: Medium

Weight Male: 30-38 pounds

Height Male: 10.5-12.5 inches

Weight Female: 25-34 pounds

Height Female: 10.5-12.5 inches

Litter Size: 5-7 puppies

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

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Colors
Red, Brindle, Black/Tan, Black, Blue/Tan, Blue. All-white Corgis are not considered acceptable under AKC standards.

Living Area
Cardis will usually do well in an urban or suburban setting if given enough attention from their human masters. The breed is very versatile, having been used traditionally for both herding and companionship purposes, and will be happy in whatever setting you place him or her in. However, care should be taken when integrating your Cardi with other household animals in a smaller apartment or house--Cardis can become anti-social when exposed to animals that they haven't known from an early age, and it may take them time to get used to their new companions. Outdoor animals (for rural Cardi owners) will be less of a problem, as the Cardi's instincts generally tell it to ignore or peaceably manage such animals.