Cardigan Welsh Corgi
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is one of two types of Corgi; this particular breed originated in Cardiganshire, Wales, thus its name. The phrase “cor gi” is sometimes translated as “dwarf dog” in Welsh. It was originally bred as a farm guardian, and was then used to herd cattle and sheep.
The breed stands very low to the ground because of its very short legs. The average Cardigan Welsh Corgi stands 10.5 to 12.5 inches tall and weighs 25 to 38 pounds. Unlike its cousin the Pembroke Corgi, the Cardigan has a long tail. The breed can come in many colors such as red, sable, brindle, black, black and tan, or blue merle. The Cardigan typically has white markings on its chest, legs, neck, muzzle, stomach, tail, and on the head.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is said to be one of the Teckel family of dogs, which is also where the Dachshund came from. They have existed in Wales for more than 3,000 years. The breed is still often used for its original duties, but has also become a companion breed.
The breed is excellent at herding, but it also makes a wonderful house pet. It is a very smart, active breed that excels at dog agility and other competitions. It tends to be very strongly attached to its owner and affectionate with few; it can be wary of strangers.