Cardigan Pembroke Corgi

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26-38 lbs
10-13"
United Kingdom

The Cardigan Pembroke Corgi is a hybrid developed by breeding the Cardigan Welsh Corgi with the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.  There isn’t a lot of information available about the hybrid but more information is available on the parent breeds.  Both breeds are closely related, being called “cousins” in some research.  They both originated in the United Kingdom, though the Cardigan Welsh Corgi (dating back to 1200 B.C.) is much older a breed than the Pembroke Welsh Corgi (dating back to 1200 A.C.).  Both parent breeds were bred for much the same purposes of herding and tracking with both breeds being prized for their ability to herd livestock and avoid the inevitable kicks generated by this activity.  Breeding between the two parent breeds took place in the first half of the 20th century, explaining why they so closely resemble each other.  Both parent breeds not only share appearance and ability traits but they also share temperament traits, each being affectionate, alert, gentle, intelligent, loving and loyal with the Pembroke adding cheerfulness, friendliness, independence, liveliness, outgoingness and playfulness to the bio mix.  They are both constant shedders but fall into the low maintenance category for grooming.

Purpose
Agility, Herding, Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi Health

Average Size
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 26-38 lbs
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 26-38 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
Minor Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Blood
  • Spine
  • Dna For Vwd
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi Breed History

The history of your Cardigan Pembroke Corgi goes back to the histories of both parent breeds, one of which goes back to 1200 B.C. and the other 1200 A.C.  Both parent breeds were developed for herding, hunting and tracking purposes in different parts of the United Kingdom.  The two breeds were actually crossbred in the early part of the 20th century, a practice which has been curtailed in an attempt to purify the specific Cardigan and Pembroke breeds.  This cross breeding more closely relates the two breeds and hence the reason they so closely resemble each other, even down to the temperament traits.  Both Corgi parent breeds are quite adept at herding livestock without injury to either the livestock or to themselves.  Being short-legged and built so close to the ground helps them to avoid injury that would surely happen if any of those unhappy livestock kicks would connect.  Today, they are still utilized for herding purposes in some areas but they are also being utilized in agility and obedience competitions as well as in the show ring.  They make delightful companions for both young and old and are great with children and cats whom they know belong around the house.  They have become great companions and watchdogs in both the United Kingdom as well as in the United States.  The Cardigan Pembroke Corgi hybrid is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club and International Designer Canine Registry.

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi Breed Appearance

The Cardigan Pembroke Corgi is a cross of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and, as such, can take on the physical attributes of either or both parent breeds.  Since both breeds are closely related and closely resemble each other, your hybrid pet will likely have a body which is longer than it is tall with short legs.  The coat will be fairly smooth, dense with double coat for weather resistance and of a color which can be any shade of red, fawn, sable, brindle, black or blue with or without markings.  Depending on which Corgi parent has the dominant genes in the bio pool, your pet could be heavier and more stockily built like the Cardigan or smaller and finer boned like the Pembroke, and have a tail that may reflect the low wide tail of the Cardigan or the shorter one from the Pembroke side.  The head and face will be more fox-like if the Pembroke is dominant and the ear set will be more prominent if the Cardigan is the dominant gene contributor. The eyes may be round or oval, giving the facial expression of intelligent gentleness.  The remaining appearance traits will be similar between the two parent breeds, with the Pembroke contributing a finer-boned structure than the Cardigan parent.  The coat will be dense, double and relatively smooth and weather resistant. 

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi Breed Maintenance

Your Cardigan Pembroke Corgi hybrid is a constant and seasonal shedder but is considered to be in the low grooming maintenance category.  He will need to be brushed at least once a week and more often during the natural seasonal shedding periods.  This will be important to those in your household who suffer from asthma or other breathing problems.  He will not need to be bathed or shampooed unless it is necessary as frequent shampooing will remove some of the oils necessary for his weather resistant coat.  As in many canine breeds and hybrids, dental evaluations and teeth cleaning will be required regularly to avoid periodontal disease and its resulting tooth loss.  Regular eye examinations and ear checkups will help to reduce the opportunity for infections and diseases.

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi Temperament

Your Cardigan Pembroke Corgi hybrid will have a temperament which reflects the similarity of the two parent breeds, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.  Your pet will be wary but polite to strangers but will bond closely with its owners and human family members.  He will get along generally pretty well with kids, cats and other animals if he knows they belong there but he will likely apply his herding background to any strangers who show up unannounced or uninvited.  He is quite intelligent and, therefore, easily trained unless he inherits the independence contributed by the Pembroke parent.  Because he is so intelligent, he will need to be kept mentally challenged to avoid boredom and some of the unacceptable behaviors which can accompany it. Establishment of who’s in charge is vital as early as possible in the relationship with this hybrid as it is with the parent breeds.  The Pembroke parent contributes higher energy levels to the mix but this should be easily dealt with in the daily walks and other exercise challenges that your pet will love.

Cardigan Pembroke Corgi Activity Requirements

Your hybrid will require adequate exercise on a daily basis unless he is doing what he was bred to do on a ranch or farm.  He will get along nicely with long daily walks coupled with agility and obedience practices, ball retrieval games, frisbee and fetch.  He will need mental challenges as well as physical ones to prevent boredom and the unacceptable behaviors which can sometimes develop. He loves to be with his human family and is willing to provide assistance in any task available to him.  He can live in apartments, condos and family homes with and without fences as long as he is appropriately and adequately exercised.  He should not be outside without being leashed as he does have a great tendency to wander and hunt, as he was bred to do.  He can live in rural or urban settings and can get along in most any climate.

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