Cardigan Welsh Corgi Facts

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is  often referred to as a Cardi or a CWC by fanciers.


black and white with either brindle or tan points, brindle, red, sable, & blue merle



Easy to train

Very Intelligent - High Trainability


Medium (seasonal - twice yearly)

Exercise needed

Daily walk or exercise in a fenced yard

Energy level




Good with children

Yes, especially older children

Life Expectancy

12 - 15 years

Health Issues

  Obesity, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (When buying a pup, check for PRA status of sire and dam.  Two carriers of PRA, if bred could produce an affected pup; however responsible breeders test all breeding stock.)


79/155  American Kennel Club (AKC) breeds - still considered to be somewhat rare


Cardigan Welsh Corgi aka "Cardi" or "CWC" -  Temperament

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is an affectionate and loving dog, with a high degree of intelligence and a responsive and gentle nature.  A Cardigan Welsh Corgi will be just as suited to an inexperienced dog owner as an experienced one. These dogs have plenty of spirit and energy, and are keen, enthusiastic, and eager. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is responsive and obedient, but also independent, with a mind of his own.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi will usually get along well with children, especially older, more considerate children. When it comes to other pets, he does need early socialization. A well socialized Cardigan Welsh Corgi should get along fine with other family pets. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is reserved but polite when it comes to strangers and guests. He can make an effective watchdog because of his tendency to bark and raise the alarm if something is amiss. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a dependable and reliable dog that can make a very good family pet.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Appearance

The height of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is around 10-13 inches, and he weighs in at around 23 - 42 pounds. He has a low set, yet sturdy and elongated body, with short legs. His expression is one of readiness and enthusiasm. The coat of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is weatherproof, and has a hard texture. The exterior coat can be short or medium in length, and he also has a shorter, dense undercoat. He comes in a variety of colors, which includes brindle, black, red,  sable, and blue merle, and will usually have white markings. It is somewhat common to see  Cardigans that are called "fluffs" that require a bit more grooming.  These Cardigans have coats that do not fit the breed standard; however, these Cardigans are extremely beautiful and prized by their pet owners.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Grooming

The grooming requirements for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi are low, and you simply need to use a firm bristle brush to brush his coat once or twice a week. This breed is a medium shedder, but will shed more heavily on a seasonal basis, which is when you will have to step up the brushing and grooming. 

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Health Problems and Life Expectancy

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a life expectancy of around 12-15 years. Health issues can include obesity and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (test available).  Testing has cleared many Cardigan lines for PRA.  Hip Dysplasia is not a big problem in the breed, but can appear.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi History

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi was developed in Cardiganshire in Wales to be a household pet for the farmers of the area as well as help him take care of his livestock.  His low build relates to his relationship with the Dachshund. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi was registered with the AKC in 1935.

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