Origin: The Cardigan Welsh Corgi was developed as a versatile farm dog by the farmers in the hilly Cardiganshire area of Wales (“cor”=dog, “gi”=dwarf – therefore “dwarf dog”). They were bred to drive cattle (hence the low stature to avoid kicks), but also to protect the farm, kill vermin and play with the children. They remain a very versatile, hardy breed, with few issues. Because of their intelligence they are suited to families that will give them proper training, as they can easily become pack leader if they do not feel there is one in the house.
Height: As near as possible to 12”
Weight: 25lbs (small female) to 50lbs (large male)
Coat: Double Coat – harsh medium length outer coat with undercoat, managed with weekly brushing except during a bi-annual shed where more frequent brushing is required. There is a longer fluffy coat, which is a cosmetic fault for show purposes, and well as a tight seal coat (lack of undercoat) which is also undesirable
Colours: Red (any shade), Brindle (any shade), Black with tan or brindle points, and blue merle with tan or brindle points. A recessive gene can cause a cream colour puppy (most of which darken to a light to medium red).
Feeding: Hardy breed which does well on any good quality food, or raw diet. They are easy keepers for the most part, and their weight needs to be watched for health reasons.
Training & Obedience: Extremely intelligent breed that learns quickly – both the good and the bad. They are happiest when given a job – whether that be games, retrieving, agility, flyball, therapy work – something to keep their minds active.
Housebreaking: Start early and be firm. Crate training, or leashing the puppy to you so they can’t develop bad habits helps create good habits.
Crate training: Small puppies can be comfortable in a 200 sized crate, adults require a 300 size, and large males are most comfortable in a 400.
Hot Days: Dark dogs should have shade to get out of the sun, and most enjoy a kiddie pool to sit in.
Red flags: Breeders should not breed 2 Blue Merle’s together for health reasons.