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Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Known as more easy going than its more popular cousin the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the Cardigan is larger and deserving of great attention in its own right.  The companion and herder of shepherds in the Gaelic regions of Europe for over 3000 years, this hardy breed has proven itself time and time again.  Definitely a candidate as a great family dog that is too often overlooked.
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General Information
Group(s): Herding Height: 10.5-12.5 inches
Weight: 25-38 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: red, sable, brindle, black, blue merle. White should never be a dominant color on head or body. Coat type: Double coat with harsh, straight outercoat and dense undercoat.
Recognized Registries: FCI, UKC, NCA, AKC
Overall Appearance: Deepchested low slung dog of moderately heavy bone, pricked ears and slightly foxy expression with plumed full tail.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: genial herding dog of some vigilance
  with Children: generally very good if properly supervised with well mannered children
  with other pets: generally good though vermin can be at risk
  with dogs: generally very good
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: Appreciation for the guardian nature of the breed
Temperament Notes: Quite even tempered when properly reared, cared for.
Training requirement: moderate; socialization and basic manners, some other outlet advisable
Trainer notes: Fun to work with, the Corgi has a strong sense of work ethic but without the intensity and excessive drive of some breeds.  A day off due to bad weather or scheduling won't make him go nuts!  Instead, keep it fun and light and watch the ancient Corgi exceed your expectations.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Ancient
Country of Origin: Scotland
Original Function: To go before flocks and clear the way of competing livestock and predators, later a vermin killer, companion and drover.
History: The original Corgi, it's history as a flock guardian likely dates back over 3000 years in the Celtic areas of Europe. When crossed with the Viking Spitz, produced the Pembroke Corgi.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: excessive size, bone, dentition issues,
Health Notes: PRA
Health Testing: CERF,
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Cardigan Welsh Corgis?
  • Why do you have Cardigan Welsh Corgis (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Cardigan Welsh Corgi?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Cardigan Welsh Corgi?
  • How would you describe the ideal Cardigan Welsh Corgi home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Cardigan Welsh Corgi?
  • Web Sites: Cardigan Welsh Corgi Rescue - Rescue dedicated to helping both breeds of Corgis and others.

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: Illustrated Standard of the Cardigan Corgi

    Breeder Ethics: Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America Code of Ethics

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