Cardigan Welsh Corgis
    The Corgi With a Tail

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They are known as the Corgi with a tail. They are loyal, affectionate and even tempered. They can be country dogs or city dogs but wherever they stay, they need regular exercise and a steady job, if only to take care of their owners. They come in red, sable, brindle, black and blue merle and have a double coat that needs regular brushing.

Here is a Cardi next to a similar but equally anxient breed -- the Swedish Vallhund.


They first arrived in Cardiganshire with the Celts in 1200. They were useful because tenant farmers were only permitted to fence off a few acres for their own use. The rest was common land. Cardies were clever enough to keep their owners’ cattle safe and secure, and courageous enough to control animals ten times their size.

By the Numbers

Size:10.5 – 12.5 inches at the shoulder, 25 to 38 pounds. Definitely at the top end of small dog size.
Coat Care: 6. They need regular brushing to keep their double coat in good condition.
Trainability: 9 – high. They are eager to please, but need an owner willing to keep up with them. A bored Cardie will tend to make his own busy work landscaping the back yard or deconstructing the sofa.
Energy level: 6. They are medium energy but have great endurance. They are good watchdogs and love a daily walk.
Good with Children: 8 – They do well with children, but have a tendancy to herd them.
Noise level: medium to high – 8: Can be noisy.
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: – 7, low They have a double coat; they shed quite a bit and are not hypoallergenic.

To get more information or to find a puppy, contact the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America.

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