Cardigan Welsh Corgi: Dog Breed Profile

Country of origin: Great Britain
Shoulder height: 30 cm
Weight: 12 – 17 kg
Age: 12 – 14 years
Colour: all except pure white
Use: companion dog

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a short-legged, sturdy dog ​​that is primarily distributed in its native United Kingdom. Its characteristics as the original working and farming dog have largely been retained. Therefore he is very self-confident, assertive, and not necessarily easy to handle.

Origin and history

Like the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi descends from Welsh sheepdogs and cattle dogs, which were kept on farms as cattle dogs as early as the 12th century. Corgi means ‘little dog’ in Welsh and the name Cardigan refers to the county of Cardiganshire from which it hails. In 1925 the Cardigan and Pembroke were recognized as breeds.


The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a small, stocky dog ​​with short to medium length, straight hair of a harsh texture, and a dense undercoat. It is bred in all colors except pure white. The coat colors are red, fawn, or black. What is striking are its relatively large, erect ears about its body size. Its tail resembles a fox’s tail, sits low, and reaches (almost) to the ground.

Compared to its “cousin”, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the cardigan is larger and heavier. Its ears are larger and its tail is bushier.


The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a confident canine personality with strong assertiveness. It is alert, intelligent, energetic, and territorial. Excessive willingness to be a subordinate is not in its nature, so it also needs consistent training, otherwise, it decides for itself where to go.

It is a very robust, small dog with a lot of stamina and is therefore suitable for people who like to exercise outdoors and want to do something with their dog. Due to its long body and short legs, however, it is not suitable for all dog sports activities.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a very adaptable and affectionate dog. It feels just as comfortable in a lively family with children as with single people, in a city or the country. The short coat is not very maintenance-intensive but sheds profusely.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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