Cardigan Pembroke Corgi

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Cardigan Pembroke Corgi History

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi (Welsh: Cwrddu y Gymraeg) is a herding, farming, and sporting dog of medium size that was originally developed in Wales. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a medium-sized, long-bodied, low-slung, smooth-coated, short-legged, and graceful dog, with a short, dense, furry outer coat and a soft, dense undercoat. It is agile and highly athletic, with a keen nose and a strong, muscular body. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi originated as a herding and guarddog in Cardiganshire, Wales. It is thought to be the oldest of the four types of modern corgi — the others being the Pembroke, the Grade, and the Norfolk. The Welsh word for the dog is “Cŵl”, which is pronounced “kwul” and means “dwarf”.

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United Kingdom

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi Physical Characteristics

The Cardigan Pembroke Corgi is a small, medium-to-large, herding and companion breed of dog. They stand 10 to 11.5 inches at the withers and weigh 15 to 27 kg (33 to 60 lb). The breed is sturdy and compact with a balanced, rectangular build. The head is in proportion to the body, fairly long, with a wedge-shaped muzzle. The ears are erect, sometimes cropped, and of medium size, set high on the head. The nose is wide with a straight profile. The eyes are commonly chestnut, but may be blue, hazel, or amber. The body color is white with brindle, sable, or tricolor markings, either patches or saddles. The tail is proportionately long and tapers to a point.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 10 – 13 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 13 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 26 – 38 lbs

Female Weight Range: 26 – 38 lbs

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi Health

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10-13 yrs

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi Health Concerns

Retinal Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Degenerative Myelopathy, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Glaucoma, Von Willebrand’s Disease

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi Temperament and Behaviour

The Cardigan Pembroke Corgi is a playful, adventurous, and active breed of dog. They are very intelligent and like to be challenged. They are highly trainable and can do well in advanced-level competitions. They are typically friendly and get along well with other dogs, but may be shy around new people.

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi Activity Requirements

Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Pembroke Welsh Corgis have a lot in common, but there are a few differences. Both are small, sturdy, herding dogs that originated in Wales. This dog is very intelligent and enjoys learning new tricks. In addition to being very trainable, they are also very energetic and athletic. They require both physical and mental stimulation. Most Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis are happiest when given a job to do. They are naturally curious and will enjoy following you around, so it’s important that you give them something constructive to do. They also love to play, so toys and puzzle games are a great way to keep them busy.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi is part of the Pastoral group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi is part of the Working group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi is part of the Unclassified group.

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