Species group: Herding Group dogs
Like its famous cousin the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is one of those little dogs with a big spirit. Developed in Wales to herd animals and protect the family farm, this bold breed is friendly and fearless and probably has no idea of its real size. Like all herding dogs, they have an active mind, and it's up to you to properly channel their energy. Their guardian instinct means they probably can't resist chasing or barking if a strange animal enters their perceived territory, so you may want to consider carefully about choosing this breed if you have near neighbors with pets of their own.
The Cardigan is the more ancient breed, going back to at least 1200 AD. According to the Kennel Club (UK), this little dog was once called the Yard Dog, because its length from the tip of its nose to the tip of its tail was equivalent to the Welsh yard. However, the tailless Pembroke and the Cardigan Welsh Corgis weren't officially split into two breeds until the 1930s.
Appearance / health:
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a small, low set dog with a body that is much longer in length than its height. However, the body is sturdy and muscular with a fox-like head and large, triangular, and erect ears. The legs are short and the neck is short. The head is small as compared to the body with a tapering muzzle and big round eyes. The tail is long and brush-like, set low, drooping and almost touching the ground.
The breed sheds twice a year. Grooming is not very demanding. Regular brushing and combing with a firm bristle brush or a slicker brush helps keep the coat clean. Occasional bathing will make the dog smell good. The ears require regular cleaning too.
A daily walk is necessary for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi to stay healthy.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi may be prone to health problems such as progressive retinal atrophy (eye disorder in which the retina degenerates gradually to cause blindness), glaucoma (eye disorder in which the optic nerve gets damaged leading to blindness), cataracts (eye disorder in which clouding of the eye lens takes place leading to loss of vision), and obesity (abnormal accumulation of body fat) and spinal problems.
Behavior / temperament:
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is wary of strangers but gets along well with other dogs. However, with a natural herding instinct, the breed has a tendency to herd people by nipping at their heels. Their hearing is acute, and they can distinguish between different sounds, making good watchdogs. They thrive in human company, and need to be involved in all family activities.
With a quick learning ability and high degree of intelligence, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is easy to train. It is eager to please and obedient, and therefore responds well to obedience training. Crate training ensures the breed is properly housetrained.
Corgis can be quite noisy with its tendency to bark whenever it is alarmed. Some dogs may bark of out sheer boredom. With correct training, this tendency can be reduced.
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I've always loved and had an obsession with the Corgi breed, so when I finally had my hands on one of my own, I was beyond thrilled. Cooper was a gift from a family friend and came from a breeder in North Carolina. He was a reject show dog, but we think he definitely has the personality of a star! He was very shy when we first got him, but quickly warmed up to all of us and soon began to follow us around the house from room to room. He loves being with people! He's extremely friendly with other animals and without a doubt he is a little dog with a big dog personality. He can get a little rough with other select male dogs, though, since we have not neutered him. He's full grown now and weighs about 33 lbs. He's very quiet, but barks when he needs to go out, when he sees dogs walk past our house, or when fireworks/thunder is going off outside. Despite his stumpy size, he is a lovely watch dog! I always know when someone is coming up to the house. He's always either looking out the window, or alert and attentive when lounging around. When we got our second dog, we were concerned with how he may react to a little baby being brought into the house, but he quickly warmed up to the pup and even helped us train the new puppy! He is without a doubt a looker. We always get compliments on his coloring and his smile--he's always smiling! Perhaps most impressive of all--in our entire time owning him, he has never humped! No pet is perfect, though... Cooper was a big chewer at first, but we taught him rather quickly what was ok and what wasn't ok to chew. He has awfully smelly farts and he does have some problems with frequent hot spots, but it's nothing that makes living with and owning him unbearable. Without a doubt, he has added an infinite amount of happiness to our lives. And he has only made my corgi obsession grow! We have attended corgi exclusive dog meet-ups, and every corgi I have come in contact with is simply a delight. Cooper is, undeniably, the most important thing in my life. He is 10/10 and absolutely special..
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Many people opt to use a back clip harness on a dog that pulls. Well, this is great if you want your dog to pull a sleigh or become a weight pull champion, but if you want your pooch to learn to heal, then you need to avoid a back clip harness. The dog will not be choked by the harness and indeed be able to put effort into pulling you from point A to point B. You will not be able to teach the dog to heel with such a device.
Avoid a back clip harness as a training tool. It is ineffective if you want to teach your dog to heel. Instead, use a choke collar or a prong collar. .
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