Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

There are two types of Welsh Corgis. This is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. His cousin, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, is more popular. The two breeds look very similar, so how do you tell the difference? Well, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi has full tail, not a short and stubby one that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has. Cardigans also have slightly longer and bigger bodies than Pembrokes. Also, Cardigans usually have a brindle coat with white markings on the paws, chest, face, muzzle, tail, and belly. They still come in other coat colors, though.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi comes from Cardiganshire, Wales. He's related to the Dachshund, and you might be able tell by his long body. They were kept as farm dogs; they would typically drive, guard, and herd cattle by nipping at their heels. All the way until 1934, Britain recognized the Cardigan and Pembroke as one breed. Around 1931 the breed was first introduced to America. The breed was admitted for AKC registration in 1935.

The dog has some health issues, like hip dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, autoimmune diseases, and cataracts. And because it has a long body, beware of spinal disc problems. Grooming the breed isn't too hard. This is because of his short coat, obviously. The hair between the toes need to be trimmed occasionally. This dog is a breed that needs daily exercise. It also excels at herding, agility, and show. And if trained properly, they can even be Therapy dogs. Training this breed is easy because he's always eager to please. He's intelligent and affectionate, and is a good family dog, but try to herd small children or other pets.

He may look small, but he has a big heart.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Lucy! Just looking at this valiant dog makes me want to meet him. I'll bet if there were any intruder a mile away, this dog would sniff him or her out! Thanks for the great post.