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Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 11-13”
Weight: 25-38 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Cardigan Welsh Corgi in the following colors:

  • Black and white with tan or brindle points (tri-colored)
  • Blue merle and tan or brindle
  • Brindle and white
  • Red and white
  • Sable and white

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 10-14 years
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a relatively healthy breed, but there are some health concerns that you need to know about. Poor breeding can lead to unhealthy pups, so you need to make sure that you work with a responsible dog breeder.

Some of the health conditions you need to watch out for include progressive retinal atrophy, degenerative myelopathy, patellar luxation, elbow and hip dysplasia, and thyroid problems.

Progressive retinal atrophy or PRA is a progressive eye disease that will eventually lead to blindness. This condition will begin over time and continue until complete blindness occurs. If you think that there is a problem with your pup’s eyes, contact your veterinarian to see if an eye screening can be performed.

Degenerative myelopathy is a disease that is progressive, and it affects the central nervous system in your pup. This condition specifically affects the bone marrow and spinal cord.

Patellar luxation is another concern in the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and occurs when the knee becomes dislocated. If your pup has a dislocated knee, you may notice that he or she does not use the affected limb as much.

Elbow and hip dysplasia are not a stranger to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and you do need to keep an eye out to see if signs of this condition are present. Elbow dysplasia will affect the front limbs of your pup and hip dysplasia affects the rear limbs. This condition leads to painful arthritis and will cause your pup to have trouble moving around.

Lastly, you need to have your pup screened for thyroid problems. When the thyroid is unable to operate correctly, your pup’s metabolism will be affected, and you may notice that your pup is either obese or unable to gain weight.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a friendly and social pup who likes to receive attention and get along with other pups. You will find that your pup is quite reserved until they feel comfortable around strangers. Once they are comfortable, they will open up and provide you and your loved ones with many laughs.

This breed is known to alert you by barking with a loud boom when he or she thinks that danger is nearby. You should not expect this breed to bark all of the time, but only when it matters.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is intelligent and with that comes a bit of independence. You will find that your pup likes to roam around and get into things that he or she should probably avoid. When it comes to independence, you will find that your Cardigan Welsh Corgi does not need to be attached to you at all times, but occasional cuddles will occur.

Your pup does need exercise to prevent obesity and to ensure a healthy dog all around. You should walk your pup at least twice per day and allow him or her to run around in your yard or the park.

Training this breed is considered to be relatively straightforward, and since they are smart, they will pick up on your commands quickly and perform to please you. You want to make sure that you remain consistent in your training methods and avoid getting angry or yelling.


The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is considered easy to groom and does not have a lot of requirements. This breed does shed quite a bit, so you will need to make sure you brush his or her coat at least once per day to remove loose hairs.

You will notice that your pup’s coat does shed quite a bit more before the winter and spring. This is normal and with proper brushing, you can reduce how much hair collects around your home and in your car.

This breed does not need to receive a regular bath and can be bathed when needed. When you are ready to bathe him or her, make sure you choose a mild shampoo that will not cause skin irritation.

You do need to clean your pup’s ears at least once a week to remove any dirt that may get into them. Cleaning the ears will prevent instances of ear infection, which can be painful for your pup.

Lastly, your Cardigan Welsh Corgi will need his or her nails trimmed on a regular basis. You should take the time to trim them yourself once per month or trim them as often as needed. If you are afraid to trim them, head to your local groomer, who can do it for you.


Your Cardigan Welsh Corgi will consume anywhere between 1.5 to 2 cups of food per day. You should split this up into two meals and offer them at different intervals during the day.

Since your Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a smaller breed, you want to avoid too much wet food as it can lead to obesity, especially if your pup does not get a lot of exercise.

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The average cost of a Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy is somewhere between $1,000 and $1,500. You may find your puppy for less or more depending on the breeder and the demand for the breed at the time of purchase.

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Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a great companion pup and will alert you to the presence of danger. You will find your puppy is wary of strangers, but once he or she warms up, everything will be okay. This breed is affectionate and is often lazy. If you do not provide your new Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy with enough exercise, he or she may become obese. This breed ranks a 1.


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