These foxy looking dogs are full of energy and intelligence, ready to give love without fail. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi shares some ancestry with the Dachshund, which is most likely where their long and short bodies came from. Originally, they even had floppy ears, but after some selective breeding the more erect ears came to be part of the Cardigan breed. There is no doubt that while these dogs were originally used for herding cattle, they know how to be an excellent companion dog. A big dog in a tiny body, the Cardigan is a goofball that makes an outstanding house pet. He loves to be wholly involved with his family and is full of fun, making him a great dog to have around children. Originally developed in Wales, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is fondly known as the “yard-long dog” and was once used to herd cattle, guard farms, and hunt vermin. Even though he may still have an urge to herd every once in a while, the Cardigan is now primarily used in shows and as a house pet.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi got his name from the decorative tail he has, which resembles the long sleeves of a cardigan. Corgi literally means “dwarf dog” and this cute canine originated in Wales. In early days he and his cousin, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, were considered to be of the same breed until the Kennel Club of Britain separated them in 1934. The division was a good move for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi as the breed had a hard time competing with the Pembroke, but once he broke into his own category, his popularity began to increase. Thanks to the importation of some Corgis to the state of Massachusetts in 1931, the Corgi breed was introduced to the United States. Just a few years later in 1935, the American Kennel Club recognized the breed and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi was introduced to the show ring. They did well in competition and their popularity continued to grow. Even though the Cardigan is still less popular than the Pembroke, the breed is far from forgotten. Now they are happily entered in shows and loved by families all over.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a low set, small dog that is close to the ground and very long. They have large, slightly rounded triangular ears, a wide head that tapers to a pointed nose, and bright eyes that are full of intelligence and life. This breed comes in a wide range of colors from brindle to black and typically have accents on the tip of the ears and toes, and sometimes a mask or freckles on the face. White patches are usually found on the chest, underarms, muzzle, tip of the tail, and the blaze. The shape and size of these white patches vary from dog to dog. The Cardigan is a very handsome dog that has speed and surprising endurance, typical of a dog that was at one time a herder. His long body stems from his Dachshund heritage while, most likely, the bushy tail and coloring is taking from the Collie and Pomeranian influence.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi tends to shed often and heavily throughout the year, and to the extreme twice a year. This is because of their thick, medium length double coat. In order to try and keep the shedding to a more manageable amount, brushing should take place weekly using tools such as a shedding blade and slicker brush. Thankfully, the Cardigan’s coat repels dirt and doesn’t have an odor, so other than brushing, the coat is easy to maintain and frequent bathing isn’t necessary. Besides brushing, it is important to keep your dog’s nails trimmed and his ears cleaned. This will ensure that his feet stay healthy and comfortable and no ear infections set in. Due to the fact that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi has upright, alert ears, there isn’t a high of a risk of the ears getting too moist; however, it is better to frequently check for things such as ticks and other mites in order to keep the ears as healthy as possible.