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Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a short, sturdy dog, that is set low to the ground. Their straight, medium or short coat is waterproof. They have a fox-like brush for a tail, and their head has the look of a fox also. They are much longer than they are tall.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Welsh Corgi breed can be prone to: 
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness  
- Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy and congenital stationary night blindness are both slightly different inherited eye conditions in the Briard breed and both cause loss of vision generally and in low light respectively.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- DNA test for progressive retinal atrophy which tests whether or not a dog has the potential to be affected by this condition
- Eye screening scheme

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 – 14 years
Weight:  15 – 18kg 
Height:  30cm 
Colours:  Variety of colours – see breed standard for details.
Size:  Medium
UK Kennel Club Groups: Pastoral


Family-friendly: 2/5
Exercise needs: 3/5
Easy to train: 3/5
Tolerates being alone: 2/5
Likes other pets: 3/5
Energy level: 3/5
Grooming needs: 2/5
Shedding: 4/5
Welsh Corgi lying on the sofa


Devoted and affectionate to their owners, they can sometimes be fairly disinterested in strangers. Generally obedient and active, and while small in height they should be considered a larger dog on very short legs rather than a little dog! Bold and outgoing, friendly and loyal, they make excellent watchdogs and suit an active home. Keep in mind their livestock driving ancestry, which has been known to mean groups of people, particularly children, are herded together regardless of their wishes! 

Welsh Corgi standing in the forest

History and Origins

Country of Origin - Wales 

The Cardigan Corgi is a long, low, cattle herding dog, thought to have been brought to Wales by the Flemish weavers and may have been in the UK from as early as 1200BC. Their job originally was to drive cattle from one location to another and then guard them at night - a job which requires a strong character and a great deal of stamina. The cattle they would have worked would be small, feisty hill cattle, and the distances involved could take days to cover so make no mistake this is a hard worker! Originally considered one breed, the Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis were split and recognised separately in 1934. While both types come from south-west Wales, the homeland of the Cardigan is further north. 

Did you know?

Did you know?

In the Welsh language the Corgi was called Ci Llathaid which mean it was a ‘yard dog’. This didn’t refer to its work as a farm dog but instead indicating it was a yard long from its nose to the tip of its tail.