Get to know the Welsh Corgi Cardigan
All you need to know about the breed
Given the history of the Welsh Corgi Cardigan as a herding animal, it’s perhaps no surprise that they still retain many of those inherent qualities today. They are always up for being in the great outdoors, scurrying around in the fields, and also make good watchdogs for their human families.
While they may be relatively small in stature, they actually have many of the qualities of a much larger animal. For instance, in terms of their personality, the Welsh Corgi Cardigan is smart, fearless and bold. In short, not much fazes these little guys.
Even in their features, they look more like a larger dog – or even a wolf or a fox. Characterised by their large expressive eyes and prominent pricked ears, they are a very handsome breed. And even though their bodies hang low and long, they are both agile and powerful, and can move surprisingly quickly.
Despite their rugged, outdoorsy image, the Welsh Corgi Cardigan also has a calm temperament – and they are very affectionate animals too. They train well, so they’re usually great with children and other pets, and their laid-back, sociable nature make them an ideal companion all-round. On top of all that, the Welsh Corgi Cardigan has a good lifespan, too.
Notable for their varied markings, their thick double coat comes in several colours – from red to the popular blue-merle pattern – meaning each dog can look quite different from another. Incidentally, the easiest way to distinguish the Welsh Corgi Cardigan from their similar ‘cousins’, the Welsh Corgi Pembroke, is to look at their hindquarters. While Cardigans have a longish tail, the Pembroke does not – and the Cardigan is also slightly larger.
Over the last few decades, Corgis have found fame as the favoured dogs of the Queen of England who has owned more than 30 Pembrokes during her lifetime (don’t tell the Cardigan…). As a result, Corgis also had a starring role on our screens recently in the hit Netflix series, The Crown.
2 facts about Welsh Corgi Cardigans
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Welsh Corgi Cardigan
This is a breed with few health problems, but be aware of back issues
Because of their long, low bodies, and relatively short limbs, this can make Welsh Corgi Cardigans more susceptible to spinal injury or a slipped disc. They should therefore be kept away from any high surfaces – and, in fact, from anywhere where they might attempt to jump, such as the bed or the couch. Even the stairs can be a problem for them, so it’s best to avoid those, too, as well as any steps on their walks. If you do run into any issues, your Welsh Corgi Cardigan should be taken to the vet as soon as possible so suitable treatment can be administered.
It's a good idea to keep an eye on their calorie intake
This is quite important because if the Welsh Corgi Cardigan puts on weight, this can put an extra strain on their back. They should therefore have a low-calorie formula, which contains high-quality protein, and treats should be kept to a minimum. Check out our ‘Healthy Diet, Healthier Dog’ section for more facts on the Welsh Corgi Cardigan and the best sort of nutrition for different stages in their life. Because of their working dog origins, the Cardigan will also appreciate regular outdoor exercise, and this will help to keep them in shape too.
Another complaint that can affect them is eye conditions
As Welsh Corgi Cardigans start to age, their eyes can begin to deteriorate in the same way as those of humans. Although many problems can happen at any age – such as a corneal ulcer, conjunctivitis, blocked tear ducts etc – some tend to develop with age – like glaucoma, cataracts or even neoplasia (cancer). Thankfully, most conditions can be treated successfully, so if you notice any discomfort in one or both eyes, it’s best to go and see your vet right away. The earlier the diagnosis is established, the better the outcome. For this reason, it’s also a good idea to check your dog’s eyes on a regular basis.