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Cardigan Welsh Corgi description, food, diseases.

History

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi have only been regarded as separate breeds for 70 years. There are a number of theories that refer to the origins of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Some believe that both Corgi varieties are descendants of the Swedish Vallhunds that were brought to Wales by the Vikings in the 800’s. Another theory is that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older of the two Corgi varieties, and that it was brought to Wales by the Celts in about 1200 BC. The name “Corgi” is derived from the Celtic word for “dog”. The breed was developed in Cardiganshire Wales. The breed has a number of natural talents including herding, hunting, and guarding. Because of their low stature, they were able to move out of the way whenever a cow kicked. Both Corgi varieties were interbred until the 1930s, but breeders eventually wanted to accentuate their differences. Today, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is most heavily utilized as a companion dog.

Size Category Small

Weight Height Range Height: ideal 30 cms (12 ins) at shoulder. Weight in proportion to size with overall balance the prime consideration.

Coat
Cardigans can be any shade of red, sable, or brindle; they can also be black with or without tan brindle, or blue merle with or without tan or brindle points. They usually have white on their neck, chest, legs, muzzle, underside, tip of the tail, and as a blaze on the head. Other markings include ticking on the legs and muzzle, smutty muzzles, monk's hoods, and others. A few other unofficial colors can occur, such as red merle.

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Appearance

he Cardigan is a long, low dog with upright ears and a fox-like appearance. The old American Kennel Club standard called it an "Alsatian on short legs". Unlike Pembroke Corgis, who are bred to have only a small nub of a tail (without docking) the Cardigan's tail is long.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi health and diseases problems

Cardigan Welsh Corgis are prone to glaucoma and PRA and should not be overfed. The expected life span of the Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) is about 12-15 years.


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