AKC PuppyFinder: Cardigan Welsh Corgi Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Loyal, affectionate, and smart; even-tempered, never shy
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Athletic, rugged herders with a love for the outdoors, Cardigans thrive on mental and physical activity
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 10.5-12.5 inches
  • Weight: 30-38 pounds (male), 25-34 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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To see the difference between a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, look for a tail. If there is one, it's a Cardigan. Like his cousin, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a great companion dog, affectionate, loyal and sweet. Bred for herding, they are hard-working, intelligent and trainable, and often excel at agility, tracking, obedience trials and, naturally, herding. Combine that with an even temper and his deep attachment to his people and he's an all-around winner. Your Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy can adapt to almost any living environment as long as he gets plenty of exercise and playtime. He also loves having jobs to do to keep him mentally stimulated. He'll be happy to tag along with you and 'help' around the house and yard.

History & Job
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Origin: Wales

Year Recognized: 1935

Breed History & Job Description: Cardigans are the older of the two corgi breeds. In fact, they’re among the oldest of all British breeds. Some say they were brought to Wales by the Celts some 3,000 years ago. The adaptable Cardigan has played many roles in its day—farm dog, hunting partner, flock guardian and family protector, adored pet, athlete—but is most famous as a hardworking heeler of livestock. (A heeler moves cows by nipping at their heels.) The two corgis were considered a single breed in Britain until 1934.

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The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is overall a very healthy breed. The few diseases that might be present in Cardigans are also common problems affecting both purebred and crossbred dogs. These include hip dysplasia, a malformation of the hip joints that causes arthritis and pain; progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), which causes blindness; and rarely, degenerative myelopathy (DM), a disease that causes progressive paralysis and seems to only affect very old Cardigans.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Degenerative Myelopathy DNA Test
  • PRA Genetic Test or Clearance Via Parentage (see CWCCA website)
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.cardigancorgis.com/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Herding
  • 2016 Popularity: 69
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Rescue Trust
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: curticardi@bak.rr.com (Sherilyn Curti)
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 661-831-1416
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://cardiganrescue.org/
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