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Cardigan Welsh Corgi

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Origin / History The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is said to be among the oldest herding breeds. This breed is named as such because the word 'corgi' is a Welsh term for 'gathering dog' or 'dwarf dog', whereas the rest of its name is derived from its place of origin which is Cardiganshire, Wales. Theories state that this dog breed was a descendant of the Teckel family of dogs and was later on cross bred with Collies to achieve additional coat colors.

Dogs of this breed were originally used as guard dogs and hunting dogs. There was a time when people found these dogs to be on the brink of extinction. The dogs that remained were then bred with brindle herding breeds. In 1935, this breed was given recognition by the American Kennel Club. Today, these dogs serve as herding dogs and family companions.

Appearance These dogs are long and low, with long tails and large, erect ears. Their length is almost twice the measurement of their height. They have flat, broad skulls and prominent breastbones. Their eyes match the color of their coat. These dogs possess double coats consisting of a harsh outer coat and a dense, soft undercoat. They have more hair at the backs of their legs, their ruffs, and on their tails' undersides.

Colours The Cardigan Welsh Corgi's coat can come in colors of blue merle, sable, red, brindle, and black. Its coat can also be a combination of brindle and black, as well as tan and black. They can also sport markings of white.

Temperament These dogs form strong bonds with their family members, although they have a tendency to bond more closely to one member of the family. These dogs are courageous and will defend their owner from even bigger dogs when they sense danger, although doing so may mean putting their own lives at risk. They are smart, calm, and affectionate, but they can be aggressive at times. They can get along with other household pets if they have been properly trained right from puppyhood. They get along with children and are suspicious of strangers. They don't easily make friends with other people, they just choose to cultivate strong bonds with those that they already know well.

Height and Weight They are 28 - 33 cm in height and 11 - 18 kg in weight.

Common Health Problems Some dogs of this breed show susceptibility to getting afflicted with progressive retinal atrophy and glaucoma. Owners should also make sure that they do not overfeed their dogs as these dogs have a tendency to get fat easily.

Living Conditions For prospective owners who would like to get a dog that will do well inside an apartment, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi will be a good choice. Since dogs of this breed can be very active even when indoors, they will do well even without a yard to play in.

Exercise Requirements Although they can live indoors, these dogs still need some time outdoors to get the activity they need. Owners can take their dogs out daily for a long walk, and play games such as frisbee with it. These dogs also enoy herding and would definitely love working with cattle.

Training Requirements These dogs are intelligent and willing to please, thus making training easier for the owners. They can be trained for agility and for other dog sports. Owners should also make certain that their dogs are properly socialized at a young age so that they will get along well with other household pets and grow up to be well-mannered.

Life Expectancy Dogs of this breed have life spans that range from 12 to 15 years.

Grooming These dogs shed for only two times in a year, and owners are fortunate that their coats don't need much grooming. They just need to be brushed and combed with a firm bristle brush regularly. Bathing should be done only when necessary.

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