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Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Nickname: Cardi

Breed origin: Cardiganshire, British Isles
Original purpose: Drover and farm dog.

AKC recognized: 1935
AKC group: Herding

Size: Weight: males 30 to 38 lbs; females 25 to 34 lbs
Size: Height: 10½ to 12½ inches
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Color: All shades of red, sable and brindle; black with or without tan or brindle points; blue merle with or without tan or brindle points. Usually with some white flashings.

Life span: 12 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is even-tempered, loyal, affectionate, alert, intelligent, and adaptable. They make excellent housepets and can adapt to country life or city apartments, as long as they get enough exercise. Even though Cardigan Welsh Corgis have short legs, they are powerful and capable of great speed and endurance, and excel in many canine sports.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

OK in apartments? Yes if adequate exercise can be provided.

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate

Suitable canine sports/activities: herding, tracking, agility, obedience, conformation

Exercise requirement: Cardigan Welsh Corgis are active dogs and love walks and romps, but are adaptable and can be fine with just play sessions in the yard in addition to whatever they can get around the house.

Grooming requirement: The double coat should be brushed weekly. They shed seasonally, generally twice a year.

Known health problems: Intervertebral disc disease.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Cardigan Welsh Corgi (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Richard Beauchamp
Published in 2005
155 pages

Welsh Corgis: Pembroke and Cardigan (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Richard Beauchamp
Published in 1999
128 pages

Cardigan Welsh Corgis
By Henning Helms and Michael Pym
Published in 1990
191 pages

Everything Corgi: Wit and Wisdom for Lovers of Cardis and Pems
By Various Authors
Published in 2002
256 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Rescue Trust

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