The Welsh Corgi-Cardigan developed as a cattle herding dog in the Cardiganshire district of Wales. The Cardigan Corgi is a loyal, gentle companion and is easily trained.

The Cardigan Corgi was bred with the Pembroke Corgi until the 1930’s when they were registered as a separate breed. The Cardigan Corgi has never had the popularity of the Pembroke, the latter benefiting from patronage by Queen Elizabeth.


Approx 30cm at the shoulder


9 to 12 kg


Brindle and white, red and white, sable, tricolour, black and white and blue merle

General Appearance

A small, long backed dog that is sturdily built. The Cardigan has what breeders call cabriolet front legs which shape into the chest and then splay out to the paws. They also have large ears. The coat is generally double with a firm outer coat. The most obvious difference between the Cardigan and Pembroke Corgi is that the Cardigan does not have a docked tail.


The Cardigan Corgi is typecast as an older persons’s dog but it is also well suited to a younger family. It is friendly and even-tempered. They are very loyal, gentle and easily trained. They are not know as barkers or wanderers although they are regarded as good watchdogs.


12-15 years


Regular brushing to brush out undercoat is required.


A short daily walk is adequate.

Health concerns

For the latest research in breed-related problems in the Cardigan Corgi visit the University of Sydney’s LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.

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