Cardigan Welsh Corgi dogs, more commonly known as Corgis were used as cattle dogs in England as early as the 1920's. Although often confused with the tails Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Cardigan Corgis have their own set of characteristics that make them unique and cherished companions.
Perhaps the most unique characteristic of Cardigan Welsh Corgi dogs is its physical appearance. Some would describe the Corgi as a fox-like dog, trapped in a miniature dog's body. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has ears similar to that of a fox's. It can be anywhere between 10-13 inches tall, weighing around 25-45 pounds. These dogs have something stocky but elongated bodies with very short legs. It's exterior coat ranges from short to medium length and comes in shades of brown or black with white markings.
Since Cardigan Welsh Corgis have short hair, they require very little grooming. Although most Corgis tend to shed on a seasonal basis – on these instances, daily brushing will certainly be beneficial.
As for its basic temperament, Cardigan Welsh Corgis are definitely affectionate and loving dogs. They are extremely alert and intelligent. However, they do have a natural tendency to nip due to their instincts as herding dogs. The good news is that since Corgis are very quick learners, training them to keep this potential negative trait in check will not be a problem.
As for those with children and other pets in their home, you would be guided to know that Corgis adapt easily with proper socialization. However, never let a Corgi's size deceive you. Corgis are generally calm dogs but have an instinctual tendency to bark whenever things do not seem right. It is for this reason that Corgis make good watchdogs as well.
With a healthy diet and proper care, Corgis can live to about 12-15 years. However, there are a few health issues associated with this breed that should definitely be kept in check. Because of their built, Corgis are quite prone to obesity. As with other dog breeds , without ample exercise, obesity can eventually lead to sexual problems that can cause your dog extreme discomfort.
Other than that, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi makes for a delightful addition to any home. Not only are they great companions, they have great potential to join various dog competitions that involve obedience, tracking, agility, and herding trials. Just bear in mind the responsibility that comes with acquiring dogs of this breed and all will go well.