Your Next Dog – The Cardigan Welsh Corgi
This Could Be Your Next Family Dog.
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If you are looking for a small breed dog, that is active, loyal, and a great alarm system, then this could be your next family dog.
The past two weeks we have discussed The Saint Bernard, the couch potato dog, and The Australian Shepard “Can you keep up with this dog”.
This week I’d like to tell you about a smaller, but very active dog breed the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
Let me give you a little background on this cute as a button pooch. This will help you make an informed discussion if this breed could be your next family dog.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a hardy breed. Due to their energetic nature, they need exercise. Even after vigorous exercise, they still seem like they could keep going.
This breed is in the herding dog breeds. It is about 1.8 times longer than it is tall. This dog is high-spirited and energetic, and was originally bred for cattle driving. They are a source of amusement for their pet parents and families.
According to the AKC.org The Cardigan Welsh Corgi was officially recognized by them in 1935. They refer to them as “a vigilant guardian with a “big dog” bark”. The recognized breed has 5 colors and 7 standard markings. This breed does come in more colors but the standard colors are black & white, blue merle & white, brindle & white, red & white, and sable & white. The markings on the Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s are: black mask, black mask & ticked, brindle points, brindle points & ticked, tan points, tan points & ticked, and ticked.
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They have a double coat; the undercoat is a soft and thick, and the topcoat is a coarse and medium in length.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is 10 1/2 to 12 1/2 inches in height and can weigh 25 to 38 pounds. Females are on the lighter end of this scale.
This is a loyal dog, is inclined to bark, but I believe this is due to his nature of always being on alert and aware of his surroundings. They are well-behaved at home, but do expect barking because of his alert state.
Due to their high intelligence they are very trainable but, a bit independent which requires a pet parent to play the strong leadership role when training this breed.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgis have tails where The Pembroke Corgis do not.
This could be your next family dog
They are good with older children; other pets and most are okay with being alone.
They are wary of strangers, and socializing this dog with other people and pets is necessary. You should begin socialization as a puppy. They can get aggressive with other dogs if they are not socialized from the beginning. The most difficult thing a pet parent will have to deal with is their barking. As long as you are the pack leader, you can get this under control.
There are two important things you need to be aware of:
- Control their barking.
- This is a herding breed dog; which may cause them to nip at family members heels as way to herd them.
Because they are a relatively small breed it is important to keep them well exercised and at a healthy weight.
Grooming the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is fairly easy. A weekly brushing will do, but twice a year they will tend to shed more and brushing may need to increase to a couple of times a week. When it comes to bathing, it should only be done as needed. Cardigan Welsh Corgis have natural weatherproof oils and too much bathing will break down their natural oil base.
Here is a video from Dogs 101 on the Cardigan Welsh Corgi to give you a recap of this adorable and spunky little dog
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has high erect ears making them less prone to ear infections. Just watch for any redness or irritation. Like most dogs, it is a good habit to brush their teeth once a week to keep smelly dog breath away. Bacteria causes their smelly breath.
These dogs are good for a ranch setting as well as an apartment living. If they don’t have a backyard to run around in, you will need to walk this dog daily, and make a weekly trip to the doggie park. This will keep them active and help them maintain a healthy weight.
What this intelligent dog needs is mental stimuli. Teaching them tricks, agility training, or advanced obedience is the perfect thing to keep their mind and bodies active.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is good with older children, but as with any dog, there should always be adult supervision.
This dog’s life expectancy is between 12 and 15 years. Some of the health issues to watch for are glaucoma, intervertebral disk disease, and obesity.
If you would like to learn more about the Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s history and their background PetMD has a brief history explaining their physical characteristics, personality and temperament, care, and health.
If you are looking for an adorable small dog, that has energy to spare, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the dog for you.
Here is a link to (Comprehensive Owner’s Guide) written by Richard Beauchamp, and available on Amazon Kindle, to help you in your research of this breed.
I would not suggest this breed for a first time dog owner, as you really need to understand the impact of being the pack leader to correct any unwanted behaviors right from the beginning. If this were your first dog, I would recommend a good puppy training class from the beginning.
I have a great book “The Amazing Dog Adoption Method, the Secrets to Dog Adoption that Avoids Heart Break”, available on Kindle, and this applies to adopting from a shelter or a breeder. It will give you the steps you need to complete for a successful adoption. It will give you the questions you should ask yourself and your family. This is important no matter what breed of dog you are planning to add to your family. If you spend the time to prepare and understand everything, you will have an amazing experience.
I have provided you resources to help begin your research , and decide if this could be your next family dog.
It is always best to take the time, do your research, and make sure this breed is a good fit for you and your family. Ask yourself if you have the time it takes for activities, and training.
Most of all enjoy your dog; they are a lifetime commitment and offer you unconditional love.
Until Next Time
Suzanne Dean, ABCDT
ABC Certified Dog Trainer
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