Friday, February 13, 2015


The Cardigan Welsh Corgi, like the Cairn Terrier and Dachshund, is longer than it is tall. It is funny and interesting to look at. You can’t help but stop and stare at a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, or its cousin, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. They are almost as unique-looking as the Dachshund, if not more. The large, erect ears might have earned them prize of funniest-looking dog. In tandem with their shape, the ears make the dog unforgettable.Cardigan Welsh corgis can be extremely loyal family dogs. They are able to live in a variety of settings, from apartments to farms. For their size, however, they need a surprising amount of daily physical and mental stimulation. Cardigans are a very versatile breed and a wonderful family companion.

Even though this dog is small, it can drive cattle. You would never guess by looking at it, at least a layperson unfamiliar with dog breeds, that a dog breed like this could herd cattle. However, its short stature enabled it to duck under the hooves of cattle if they kicked at it. Can you imagine this longish, slender, and interesting-looking little creature herding cattle?.The Cardigan Corgi is one of the oldest herding dogs in existence, and its distinguished by its long, slender body, speckled coat, short stature, and long tail. The Cardigan is the older of the two related breeds, and this breed is believed to have existed in Wales as far back as three millennia ago. It was originally used to help drive cattle to the meat market. You wouldn’t guess it by its short stature, but this dog was an able and competent cattle herder and driver. This dog is sometimes referred to as the yard-long dog.

Cardigans are said to originate from the Teckel family of dogs, which also produced Dachshunds. They are among the oldest of all herding breeds, believed to have been in existence in Wales for over 3,000 years.The ancestors of the Corgis we know today are thought to have been brought to Wales more than 3,000 years ago by tribes who came to Wales from central Europe.Cardigans have never had the same popularity as Pembrokes, probably due to the influence of the Royal family. However they have found their own place in many parts of the world. Cardigan Welsh corgis can compete in dog sports also known as dog agility trials, obedienceshowmanshipflyballtracking, and herding events.

The dog’s coat comes in many colors and patterns, including blue merle and black, brindle, and red. It is double-coated, with a thick topcoat and a short undercoat. They shed all the time, with periods of heavier shedding at least a couple of times per year. You will need to brush its coat on a regular basis to keep it under control. Daily brushing and warm baths may be required throughout the shedding season.The Cardigan is a long, low dog with upright ears and a fox brush tail. The old American Kennel Club standard called it an "Alsatian on short legs".The Cardigan's tail is long (unlike the Pembroke Welsh corgi, whose tail may be long,naturally bobbed or docked). Cardigans come in a variety of colors including any shade of red, sable, or brindle, as well as black, with or without tan, brindle or blue merle, with or without tan or brindle points. Other unofficial colors can occur, such as red merle, but these colors are not considered acceptable per the Cardigan standard. They usually have white on the neck, chest, legs, muzzle, underneath, tip of the tail and as a blaze on the head, known as the "Irish pattern."Other markings include ticking on the legs and muzzle, smutty muzzles and monk's hoods, especially on sables (a pattern of darker tipped hairs over a basic red coat color. An average Cardigan is around 10.5 to 13  inches (260 to 315 mm) tall at the withers and weighs from 30 to 38 lb. (13.6 to 17.2 kg) for the male and 25 to 34 lb. (11.3 to 15.4 kg) for the female.

This dog is lively, playful, and laidback. This breed is a loyal and entertaining companion. It is hardy, energetic, high-endurance, and high-stamina. It was bred to spend all day out on the field dodging cattle kicks, so it has a lot of energy to expend. It is a tireless dog, and it requires daily exercise. It is well-behaved at home, but it might bark sometimes. It will probably aloof around strangers and scrappy when it encounters strange dogs.This is a kind, sensitive, and affectionate dog. It likes to spend time with its loved ones, and it is a fun-loving, active playmate for young children. It is a good dog for a family with young children.It has a lifespan of 12 to 15 with proper home care.

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