Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Breed Summary

The Cardigan is handsome, powerful, small dog, capable of both speed and endurance, intelligent, sturdily built but not coarse. Their head should be refined under the sex, and the chest is deep. The eyes are medium to large and not bulging and ears are large and prominent in proportion to the size of the dog. The tail is set fairly low on body line and reaching well below hock. Their coat is medium but dense as it is double.

Country of Origin: Wales

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 68 of 196

AKC Classification: Herding Group

UKC Classification: Herding Dog

Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day

Height: 10.5-12.5 inches

Weight: 30-38 pounds (male), 25-34 pounds (female)

Physical traits: Small, Sturdy, Heavy

Coat: Length: Medium

Characteristics: Double coat

Colors: Red, sable, brindle, blue merle, black, with or without tan points, white flashings common

Overall Grooming Needs: Low

Personality traits/Temperament: Affectionate, Loyal, Smart

Energy Level: Average

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: High

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: High


The Cardigan is a very healthy breed. Their life expectancy is 12 to 15 years. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential. They should be screened for health conditions such as hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and degenerative myelopathy. Do not let the Cardigan jump down off the bed or couch, and stairs which can be a hazard. At the first sign of any distress or discomfort, see the vet right away.


Cardigans are prone to become overweight easily. Careful monitoring of their weight is essential. Cardigan needs high-quality dog food for their activity level and nutritional demand. Two smaller meals a day rather than one large one will make the digestion smooth. Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Consult with your veterinarian if your dog becomes overweight and change the diet immediately.


Early and regular socialization is the most important job for developing a happy, healthy Cardigan. Gently exposing the puppy to a wide range of people, places, and situations. This process goes on for a lifetime, but the rewards of a well-socialized dog are wonderful. Don’t tolerate inappropriate behavior and seek the help of a qualified trainer or behaviorist if there’s a problem you can’t correct.


The Cardigan is a very adaptable dog. They love to go with you for a hike and adventures. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. They are a good indoor companion. They thrive on regular socialization, so going for walks in the neighborhood is important for many reasons. They require moderate exercise regularly and they are likely to perform various sporting events both indoor and outdoor.

Fun Fact

The Corgi was named “cor” for dwarf and “gi” for dog. So, their name means “Dwarf Dog”


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