Facts about Cardigan Welsh Corgi Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Breed History

This is a very old breed. It's a descendent from the same family of dogs which also produced the Dachshund. These dogs were brought to Wales by early Celtic tribes about 3,000 years ago.

The breed as we know it today was developed in Cardiganshire, Wales. That's where the first part of the breed name comes from. The last part, "Corgi", comes from the Celtic word for dog.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi was developed primarily as a herder and driver. It was also used as a vermin hunter and a farm guard dog.

The breed first appeared in the United States in the early 1930s.

Today it's used primarily for companionship.

Physical Characteristics of Cardigan Welsh Corgi

This is a long and low dog. It has a deep chest, bowed front legs, long and bushy tail, wedge-shaped head and erect ears. Its nose is black and eyes are brown.

The ideal length to height ratio is 1.8:1 when measured from the point of the breast bone to the rear of the hip and from the ground to the point of the withers.

The Corgi has a double coat that consists of a soft undercoat and harsh, medium-length outer coat.

The coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns, including brindle, red, sable and black. There may also be white markings on the neck, chest, legs, underbelly and even tip of tail.

    Height Weight
  Male 10.5 to 12.5 inches 30 to 38 pounds
  Female 10.5 to 12.5 inches 25 to 34 pounds


The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is an alert and intelligent dog. It's also hard working and can make an excellent guard dog.

Corgis are very loyal and will defend their homes against much larger adversaries. A Corgi is often describes as a "small dog in large dog's body".

It's very affectionate with its family, including considerate children, but can be reserved and wary with strangers. It's good with most animals, including cats and other dogs.

Like many other herding breeds, Cardigan Welsh Corgis may attempt to herd people by nipping at their heels. Children are especially vulnerable to this behavior. With proper training, they can be taught not to do this.

Corgis love to please their owners and make excellent pets and companions.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

These dogs will do best with an experienced and active owner.

Corgis are highly adaptable and will adjust equally well to city, suburban and rural homes.

Some Cardigan Welsh Corgi breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

These dogs are fairly active indoors. To prevent destructive behavior, provide plenty of exercise.

At a minimum, Corgis require at least one long daily walk.


Corgis are easy to care for.

Though not known as heavy shedders, they shed their coats two times per year. Brush weekly with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms. Other health concerns include glaucoma and PRA.

The breed is known to gain weight quite easily, so do not overfeed your Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

To learn more about dog diseases and health care, visit dog health problems.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Cardigan Welsh Corgi breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for a Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy is between 12 and 15 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Cardigan Welsh Corgi rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Corgi Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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