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Cardigan Welsh Corgi

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Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Brindle and white Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Brindle and white Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Alternative names
Country of origin
Common nicknames
Cardigan, CWC
Classification and breed standards
FCI: Group 1 Section 1 #38  
AKC: Herding  
ANKC: Group 5 (Working Dogs)  
CKC: Group 7 - Herding Dogs  
KC (UK): Pastoral  
NZKC: Working  
UKC: Herding Dog Breeds  
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi (IPA: /ˈkɔ(r)ˌgi/) is one of two separate dog breeds known as Welsh Corgis that originated in Wales.


The Cardigan is a long, low dog with upright ears and a fox-like appearance. Unlike the similar but unrelated Pembroke Corgi, the Cardigan's tail is never docked. Cardigans can be any shade of red, sable, or brindle; they can also be black with or without tan brindle or blue merle (black and gray or marbled) with or without tan or brindle. They usually have white on the neck, chest, legs, muzzle, underneath, tip of the tail, and as a blaze on the head. An average Cardigan is around 10.5 to 12.5 inches (260 to 315 mm) tall at the withers and weighs from 30 to 38 lb. (13.6 to 17.2 kg) for the male and 25 to 34 lb. (11.3 to 15.4 kg) for the bitch.


Originally bred for herding sheep and cattle, they have proven themselves as excellent companion animals and are outstanding competitors in sheepdog trials and dog agility. Cardigan Welsh Corgis were bred long and low to make sure that any kicks by cattle would travel safetly over the dogs without touching them. Like most herding breeds, Cardigans are highly intelligent, active, athletic dogs. Affectionately known as "a big dog in a small package," Cardigans are affectionate, devoted companions that can also be alert and responsible guardians.


They are believed to be either descended from dogs brought by the Celts from continental Europe or Swedish Vallhund dogs that came to Wales with the Vikings. The phrase "cor gi" translates to "dwarf dog" in Welsh. They were highly valued for their herding, working and guarding skills, as well as their companionship. A corgi's talents could help determine its owner's economic status.

Black and white Cardigan Welsh Corgi Black and white Cardigan Welsh Corgi

A Cardigan Corgi A Cardigan Corgi

See also Welsh Corgi, Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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