Originating from the Teckel family of dogs, and related to the Dachshunds, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi belongs to Wales. Imported into the country by the Vikings, the breed was named after the hills of Cardiganshire. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a history of 3000 years, having played an important role as cattle herders. The word Corgi literally means dwarf dog (Cor- dwarf, Gi- dog). Apart from being a farm dog, this breed is also known to be a rodent assailant.
A low set, long dog, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a fox-like appearance, and is powerful and sturdy, despite its size. The breed has a head that is well balanced to the body. Medium sized, dark rimmed eyes; large and prominent ears; long tail; these are some of its physical characteristics. The coat can be shades of red, sable, brindle, black with or without tan, brindle or blue merle etc. They also have white markings on the neck, chest, legs, etc. They are called “Alsatian on short legs” by the AKC.
Red, Brindle, Black/Tan, Black, Blue/Tan, Blue. All-white Corgis are not considered acceptable under AKC standards.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has cattle herder traits and is exceptionally agile. They are intelligent, active and athletic. They are extremely affectionate with their owners but wary of strangers. A good guard dog, this breed is a one-man dog, and cannot have too many bosses. They are neither shy nor aggressive, and are very even-tempered and adaptable.
While the Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a high life expectancy, it has several health problems such as thyroid problems, spinal problems, HD, PRA, and obesity.
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR