Breeds 101

Cardigan Welsh Corgi


The Corgi lives up to its name - it is a watchful and snappy defender of property, and drover of sheep and cattle.

Watch your ankles when you are near a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. This robust working dog is an instinctive “heeler”, which originally drove livestock by nipping at its heels; it was built low enough to watch over.

It also makes an exuberant companion.

Some authorities say that this breed arrived in Great Britain with the Celts over 3000 years ago. Others say that it is a distant relative of continental bassets and reached Great Britain just over 1000 years ago. In the 1800s, cross breeding with the Pembroke Welsh Corgi reduced the differences between the two breeds. Corgis served their masters well by driving cattle from the farmers meager acreage out to the common land owned by the Crown. Although the breed became less useful when the land was sold off and fenced in, it has survived, with the Cardigan and the Pembroke officially divided into two types in 1934.

Size: Small to medium, 101/2 to 121/2 inches; females 25 to 35 pounds; males 30 to 45 pounds.

All shades of red, sable, and brindle; also blue merle or black, both with or without tan or brindle points; white markings common.

Loyal, affectionate, and even tempered; devoted to family, but reserved with strangers. Fun and high spirited, with a love of antics and tricks. Barks.

Medium energy level.

Best Owner: Active owner with time for exercise.

Needs: Daily exercise (walk, herding, or play session), fenced yard, regular brushing.

Life expectancy: 12 to 14 years.