The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older of the two Corgi dog breeds, with dogs of this type believed to have existed in Wales for more than 3,000 years.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi emerged from Wales more than 3,000 years ago and is believed to have descended from dogs brought to the country from Celtic tribes. Originally, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi was used as a working dog to clear a path for cattle and later they became herders, drovers, watch dogs and ratters. When the Vikings arrived in Wales 1,000 years ago they had with them a Spitz-type dog that was crossed with some of the existing Corgis. The resulting breed was known as the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the breed that was left untouched was known as the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
Some say that the corgi is an “enchanted dog” favored by fairies and elves. At night the magical creatures would use the dogs to pull their carriages and be their steeds in battle. According to legend, the markings on a corgi’s coat suggest the faint outline of a saddle and harness.
3) Dwarf Dog
Their name comes from the Welsh language. Cor is for “dwarf” and Gi means dog, so every time we speak the name of this breed we’re really saying “Dwarf Dog.”
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a small dog with a big personality. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi loves to have fun and can be a bit of a comedian. They are highly devoted to their family and have lots of affection for them. Cardigan Welsh Corgis can be great playmates for children, although they often have to be trained not to herd or nip at them.
5) Guard Dogs
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi was bred to be a guardian and is therefore naturally protective of their family. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is fearless and vigilant. They are polite, but wary with new people and quick to bark when someone or something strikes them as suspicious.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is intelligent and determined. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi tends to be independent, but learns quickly and is responsive to training. Once they have the basics down, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi can go on to participate in agility, tracking, herding and flyball.
The Cardigan Welsh corgi is slightly larger than the Pembroke Welsh corgi, both in height and length. The Cardi is about 12 inches in height and between 25 to 38 pounds (11 to 17 kilograms) in weight. The legs appear more bowed and the body is definitely longer (even without considering the tail). The tail is an obvious difference between the two corgis — the Cardigan has a long, thick tail.
These dogs know how to winterize and accessorize. Two breeds, two coats: cardigans have a double coat of hair, enabling them have weather protection but also lose a layer in the warmer seasons. The softer undercoat sheds twice a year in a fall and spring blowout.
Most people think of one or two color schemes when it comes to a corgi, but the cardigan actually vary quite a bit. Colors include sable, merle, tri-colored, red, black, brindle, and fawn with white markings.
10) Activity Level
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi likes to be active and has lots of endurance for a smaller dog. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi should have a long daily walk in addition to regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play.