Fun Cardigan Welsh Corgi Facts For Kids

Akinwalere Olaleye
Feb 29, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Aug 06, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
Fact-checked by Sonali Rawat
Cardigan Welsh Corgi facts, such as they have dense double coats in varied colors, are interesting.
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Age: 3-18
Read time: 9.4 Min

The modern Cardigan Welsh Corgis come from a lineage of dogs that were brought to Wales by Celtic tribes about 3,000 years ago. There are two Corgi breeds, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Both the Welsh Corgi dog breeds were used for protecting farms from vermin, and as herding dogs. In modern homes, the Corgi breed of dogs from the British Isles is kept as loving family pets.

Cardigan Welsh Corgis are dwarf dogs with short legs but have an extremely high energy level. Both the herding breeds are extremely loyal and vocal too. Cardigan Welsh Corgis are athletic, lively, little cattle herding dogs with a long body, medium-length double coat in various colors, and long tails.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi dogs are intelligent, smart, protective, and love to please their owners.  They are easy to train and are also good with children and other pets. They need company and mental stimulation to maintain their agility and inquisitiveness. Their agile and good temperaments make them ideal house pets. Cardigan Welsh Corgis perform well in various dog sports like herding, obedience, rally, and agility. They adapt to various environments easily and thrive better in colder climates than warmer ones.

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Cardigan Welsh Corgi Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi?

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is one of the Welsh Corgi dog breeds with strong herding instincts. The ancestors of these dogs are related to dog breeds of Central Europe brought to Wales by Celtic tribes thousands of years ago. Corgi dogs are thought to be one of the oldest house dogs in the British Isles.

These fiercely protective dogs may bark excessively when they feel any danger to their family. Corgis usually do not display any aggressive or violent behavior. Cardigan Welsh Corgi and Welsh Corgi are both descendants of northern spitz-type dogs.

What class of animal does a Cardigan Welsh Corgi belong to?

Cardigan Welsh Corgis are mammals, belonging to the class Mammalia.

The Corgi breeds got their names from the Welsh word ‘cor gi’ which means ‘dwarf dog’. Earlier the Corgi breeds were called ‘yard-long dogs’ in their country of origin.

How many Cardigan Welsh Corgis are there in the world?

It is difficult to specify the exact number of Cardigan Welsh Corgis living in different parts of the world. However, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), more than 5000 Pembroke Welsh Corgis are registered with the canine organization.

Where does a Cardigan Welsh Corgi live?

Cardigan Welsh Corgis live in farms and homes with their owners.

What is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi's habitat?

Cardigan Welsh Corgis originated in the British Isles and are now a well-accepted and popular dog breed in various countries. Historically, the Corgis were bred as herding dogs, that helped to drive cattle to the market, guarded farms, and also killed vermin in farms and stables. These purebred dogs are now house pets and live in the comfort of homes indoors with their human family.

Both the Corgi breeds have a cold-resistant double coat. These dogs enjoy cold weather and can adapt to temperatures under 50° F (10° C). They may even want to run around outside in the snow but it is better not to expose them to freezing temperatures for too long. However, these herding dogs with short legs are not too comfortable in hot weather.

Who do Cardigan Welsh Corgis live with?

Cardigan Welsh Corgis live in farms and homes with their owners. They love the companionship of their human families. A Cardigan Welsh Corgi is easy to live with and is polite with guests. This dog breed can be a little aloof till they get to know people. Cardigans also make good watchdogs and can bark quite a bit if they feel threatened. These are high-energy dogs need regular exercise and love an outdoorsy family.

How long does a Cardigan Welsh Corgi live?

Cardigan Welsh Corgis have a lifespan of about 12-15 years.

How do they reproduce?

Earlier Cardigan Welsh Corgis and their cousin the Pembroke Welsh Corgis were considered the same breed and their bloodlines were mixed. In 1930, these Corgi breeds were given separate statuses. Female Cardigan Welsh Corgis usually give birth to six to eight puppies.

What is their conservation status?

Cardigan Welsh Corgis are well-loved pets and rank 68 of 197 in the AKC breed popularity chart. This breed’s existence is not of any concern. The most popular breed for 2020 is the Labrador retriever

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Fun Facts

What do Cardigan Welsh Corgis look like?

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cardigan Welsh Corgis are cute-looking dogs with short legs and long fluffy tails. This breed has a long body with a double coat.  The inner coat is denser and the outer coat is fluffy. The double coat is designed to help the dog withstanding the range of temperatures in the climate where Corgis actually lived. Corgi dogs shed their dense undercoat in spring before the warm summer arrives. Light shedding of the outer coat happens all year round.

How cute are they?

Cardigan Welsh Corgis are adorable medium size dogs. They are cute and cuddly and make lovely pets. They are easy to maintain, train, and are very friendly.

How do they communicate?

Both the Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgi breeds are vocal. They love to be around their humans and communicate with them. Corgi-talk includes barking, whining, grumbling, growling, and grunting. Corgis also bark when they sense danger, want attention, feeling bored or lonely, are anxious, or are fearful of something. It is said that Pembroke Corgis are more vocal compared to the Cardigan Corgis.

How big is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi?

The average height of Corgis is about 10-12 in (25-30 cm). That is about three times shorter than greyhounds which stand 28-30 in (71-76 cm) tall.

How fast can a Cardigan Welsh Corgi run?

Cardigans can run at an average speed of 23 mph (37 kph).

How much does a Cardigan Welsh Corgi weigh?

The average weight of male Cardigan Welsh Corgis is 30-38 lb (13.6-17.2 kg).

What are the male and female names of the species?

A male Cardigan is called a dog and a female Cardigan Corgi is called a bitch.

What would you call a baby Cardigan Welsh Corgi?

A baby Cardigan Corgi is called a puppy.

What do they eat?

It is important to select the right food for a Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s fitness and health, as some of them may have sensitive stomachs. This breed needs high-quality dog food. It is important to provide protein, calcium, important vitamins, and minerals to keep this breed healthy.

Cardigans love to eat. They will overeat if given a chance and that may lead to obesity and other related health problems.

Are they aggressive?

Cardigan Welsh Corgis are not an aggressive breed at all. They try to protect their family and would try to herd children and pets by nipping at their feet due to their herding instincts.

These dogs are good at dog sports. They are intelligent and easy to train to obedience, and even to fetch balls. Being one of the intelligent herding breeds, Cardigans need mental stimulation and may become destructive if left alone for a long time.

They need patience, love, and firmness, while training. Given proper training, Cardigans can successfully compete in most dog sports events like herding and agility.

Would they make a good pet?

Cardigan Welsh Corgis make wonderful house pets. They have a gentle, loving temperament and a protective attitude. They need attention from their human family and do not like to be alone. They are vocal and love to cuddle.

The long body of a Corgi may pose health conditions if the dog becomes overweight. These dogs need diet control and regular exercise.

Corgis have a double coat that sheds a lot especially, after winters. They require regular brushing, at least thrice a week. Daily brushing during the maximum shedding period can lessen the amount of hair on the floor, clothes, and furnishing.

Reward-based training works well for the Cardigans. Praise, positive reinforcement with controlled treats is good. The Corgi breeds love when they are assigned some jobs as they are working dogs. To groom them, you can trim excess hair off their body using a trimmer.

Did you know...

Some fun facts about the Cardigan Welsh Corgis are lesser-known than others like their funny sleeping poses. These dogs have two favorite sleeping positions. Either, flat on their belly with limbs spread out often called the ‘flying squirrel’ position, or sleeping on their back with the legs up in the air.

Corgis are barn dogs but not terriers, they do not sniff out rats, or bugs from hidden places. They may have a special liking to herd cats, other dogs, and children at home.

Corgis are a healthy breed but like other dogs with a long body, Corgis may suffer from certain back-related health conditions.

Like dachshunds and other short dogs, Corgis have achondroplastic dwarfism. That results in their short legs. When Corgis are bred with some other dog breeds, the gene responsible for this trait may appear.  Sometimes, the Corgi-mixed offspring are some charmingly cute low-to-the-ground dogs. Some of the popular Corgi mixed breeds are the Bordigan, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi and border collie mix, the Cardoodle Poogi, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi and poodle mix, and the Corsengi, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi and basenji mix.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

When considering the two Welsh Corgi breeds Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs Pembroke Corgi, the main difference is in the place of their origin. The Pembroke Welsh Corgis are from Pembrokeshire and the Cardigan Corgis which are the older of the two breeds originates from Cardiganshire.

Cardigan and Pembroke Corgis are both herding dogs, with a dense double coat, upright ears, and a variety of coat colors. They are often distinguished by their tails. The Cardigan Corgis have a long, fox-like tail while the Pembroke Corgis have a docked tail.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppies are slightly larger with a rounder body. Males of the Welsh Corgi Cardigan breed can weigh up to thirty-eight pounds but Pembroke Welsh Corgi males weigh up to only thirty pounds. Their Cardigan and Pembroke Corgi breeds also have different bone structures. Cardigans have a curvier appearance due to round bone structure and a sloping rear.

The acceptable coat colors mentioned by the AKC for Cardigan and Pembroke Corgis are also different. Cardigans have more varied coat color acceptance in brindle, blue merle, black and white with brindle points, and red sable with white markings. The Welsh Corgi Cardigans have more allowance for their white markings compared to the Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

For the Pembroke Welsh Corgis, the only acceptable coat colors are sable, red, or tricolor with white markings.

Getting your own Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cardigan Welsh Corgis can cost from $800 - $1,750.

They need exercise to stay fit and maintain good dog health. Physical activity is a way to keep them occupied too. Boredom can lead to problems like destructive behavior like chewing, herding, digging, excessive barking, etc. The amount of exercise required by cardigans depends on their age, weight, health conditions, etc. In any case, just a walk in the park will not be enough for this breed.

A Cardigan Welsh Corgi requires a nice, warm spot to rest. The dog should be provided a dog bed placed away from the breeze. Corgis with access to outdoors must be kept cool in summer months with plenty of water and a cool shed. Cardigan Corgis will need a bath depending on the weather and their outdoor activities.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals from our corgipoo facts and cheagle facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Cardigan Welsh Corgi coloring pages.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Facts

What Did They Prey On?

N/A

What Type of Animal were they?

Carnivore

Average Litter Size?

6-8 puppies

How Much Did They Weigh?

Males: 30-38 lb (13.6-17.2 kg) Females: 25-34 lb (11.3-15.5 kg)

What habitat Do they Live In?

homes

Where Do They Live?

europe, north america

How Long Were They?

N/A

How Tall Were They?

10-12 in (25.4 cm - 30.8 cm)

Class

Mammalia

Genus

Canis

Family

Canidae

Scientific Name

Canis Lupus Familiaris

What Do They Look Like?

Black and white, brindle and white, red and white, blue merle

Skin Type

Fur

What Are Their Main Threats?

n/a

What is their Conservation Status?

N/A
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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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