Why a Cardigan Welsh Corgi Might Be the Right Dog for You

Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography
Do you know the difference between a Cardigan Welsh Corgi and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi? Cardigans are the ones with long tails.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is generally an active, good-natured dog who loves to be busy. Nicknamed the yard-long dog in his native Wales, the Cardi stands at about 10.5 to 12.5 inches at the shoulder and usually weighs between about 25 and 38 pounds. Learn more about this typically even-tempered, affectionate breed.

They’re tireless.

Don’t let the Cardi’s appearance fool you. Though he may not look athletic, this small-statured pup is often agile and can excel at sports like herding, agility and flyball. He usually likes going for walks and hikes. He was once used to drive cattle by nipping at their heels.

They’ve got a long and possibly magical history.

The Cardi, along with his cousin the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, was developed in Wales. The Cardigan’s ancestors may have arrived in Wales with ancient Celts who migrated from central Europe. In Welsh folklore, Corgis are believed to be ridden by fairies.

They tend to live long lives.

Cardigan Welsh Corgis can live 12 to 14 years, sometimes even longer.

They can make good watchdogs.

This herding dog is naturally suspicious of strangers, and those instincts can make him a great watchdog. To avoid nuisance barking, make sure he has early socialization and is properly trained.

They’re colorful.

The Cardigan’s coat comes in a variety of colors, including blue merle, brindle, sable, red and tricolor—black and white with tan or brindle points.

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Get to Know the Cardigan Welsh Corgi

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