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Cardigan Welsh Corgi
The Corgi has been said to be a descendant of dogs, brought over to Wales from Holland by Flemish weavers who settled in west Wales. Where the Cardigan Corgi stems from the Welsh region of Cardiganshire, it is known that up until the 1850s, the Corgi was the only dog of any kind to be kept in some Welsh communities. Originally bred together with the Welsh Pembroke Corgi, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is similar in looks, however, today the two are considered to be entirely separate breeds.
The affectionate Cardigan Welsh Corgi is loyal, even tempered and displays a friendly nature with children. Corgi dogs fit well into the household, make great watchdogs who can be suspicious of strangers. Being fairly active they make excellent companions, rather than lap dogs and even though they have lots of energy, it has been claimed that the Cardigan is more reserved than the excitable Pembroke.
Height: 25-33cm (10-13in)
Weight: 11-14kg (25-30lb)
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a low set, medium sized dog with short legs and a long body in relation to height. Colours are red, sable, red-brindle, black-brindle, black, tricolour, or blue merle with its coat often having white flashings on the chest, neck, face, feet or tail.
Their easy care, short coat requires the occasional brushing to remove dead hair and dirt. The Corgi does drop its hair twice a year in spring and autumn so may require a little more attention at these times to prevent hair dropping all over the house. They also need their nails trimmed about once per month. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your dog, your local dog grooming salon provides these services.
The Corgi is generally a hardy and healthy dog however are known to suffer from eye diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy and glaucoma. Some of the longer varieties of Corgi tend to be prone to slipped discs in the middle of the back and for this reason, Corgis would not suit a house with a lot of stairs. Back problems can occur in older dogs, particularly if they are overweight and poorly exercised. To ensure a healthy happy dog feed your dog with a good quality dog food.
Even though the Corgi will make an excellent house dog in either a suburban backyard, an apartment or on acreage, they were indeed originally bred as working dogs and ideally need a yard in which to run around. If kept in a smaller yard around 30 minutes of regular exercise daily will be required. Great with children and ideally suited to a family environment, the Corgis do make excellent companions for older, retired people who are still fairly active. These intelligent little dogs enjoy learning and performing tricks and are useful watchdogs without being yappy or aggressive.
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