Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Herding Group

Cardigan Welsh Corgi sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

10.5-12.5 in

Weight

Females 25-34 lbs, Males 30-39 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is one of the oldest British breeds, originating about 1,000 years ago in Cardiganshire, Wales. Their close ancestors were brought by the Celts from Central Europe to Wales about 3,000 years ago. Both the Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgi were bred to be close to the ground to effectively nip at the ankles of cattle to herd them without being within kick-range. By day, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi would herd livestock or drive them to market, and at night, served as the livestock guardian. Their responsibility as watchdogs is what makes them such a vocal breed. The name "corgi" is derived from the Welsh "cor gi" meaning "Dwarf Dog". You can tell them apart from the Pembroke Welsh Corgi because Pembrokes have a stubby tail and Cardigans have a long tail.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Cardigan Welsh Corgis will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★☆

★★☆☆☆

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★★★☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Affectionate, loyal, and fun-loving

Very vocal and will bark at anything and everything

Adaptable to most living environments and tend to get along with children and other pets

Make great watchdogs and initially wary of strangers

Intelligent, eager to please, and easy to train but are also independent thinkers