The Cardigan Welsh Corgi Dog, Cute and Cuddly What Unusual Task This Short-legged Breed Performs

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Medium Breed Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) Overweight Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Is The Cardigan Welsh Corgi Right For You?

  • 1 Cardigan Welsh Corgis are well known for their short legs as well as their loyal and intelligent nature.
  • 2 Cardigan Welsh Corgis have a tendency to bond with a single human, so may be unsuitable with small children.
  • 3 Cardigans are excellent companion dogs and responsible guardians.
  • 4 Corgi dogs get along with older children and love to play with other family pets.


Older and less popular than their close cousin the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi has deep roots in the United Kingdom. They were used to hunt vermin, guard farms and, despite their size, herd cattle for over 3,000 years. Corgis, translating to "dwarf dog" in Welsh, are a native of Wales. They were recognized by the AKC in 1935.

Quick Facts

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    12-14 years

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    Hair Length


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    Male Height

    10.5-12.5 in (26-31 cm)

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    Male Weight

    30-38 lbs (14-17 kg)

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    Female Height

    10.5-12.5 in (26-31 cm)

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    Female Weight

    25-34 lbs (11-15 kg)

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    Litter Size

    5-7 puppies


The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a born herder. They are super smart, energetic and very athletic for a small dog. They are generally level headed and loyal to their owner, but are sometimes wary of strangers. They need a consistent pack structure, and will not tolerate a number of leaders. If given the leeway, they will easily develop "small dog syndrome," which means that they think themselves in charge. .


The Cardigan Welsh Corgi can be seen in red, brindle, black and tan, black, blue and tan, and blue. All-white Corgis are not considered acceptable under AKC standards.

Health Concerns

While the Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a high life expectancy, they have several health problems such as:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Spinal problems
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Obesity

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi, like all other Corgis, looks like someone glued tiny dog legs on a medium-sized dog body. They have large, pointed ears that stand erect atop their fox shaped head. Their body is study, but very low to the ground, and their tail is medium length, unlike their Pembroke cousins who have no tail at all. They also have a short to medium length coat.

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