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Understanding and Training a Corgi, Cardigan Welsh

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Similar to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi in appearance and many characteristic traits, the Cardigan is bigger, taller, and usually more serious, less excitable and not as accepting of strangers and other dogs.  As with both versions, this is a big personality in a small body!  Ownership requires strong leadership skills and equally energetic & creative training efforts.

The Corgi is intelligent, determined, alert and courageous.  They will respond well to obedience training, as they are known to eagerly approach any "job" that results in praise.  Exercise clear, consistent  commands, gentle firmness and gainful rewards in training to help them reach their full, obedient potential.

Active, energetic and full of life, Corgis like to be doing something. Corgis need activity and they need a variety of stimulation or they are liable to invent activities for themselves

(often resulting in trouble). Therefore, integrate long walks, interactive obedience, games and quiet leisure time for a well-rounded and well balanced dog.(often resulting in trouble). Therefore, integrate long walks, interactive obedience, games and quiet leisure time for a well-rounded and well balanced dog.

As with many pastoral breeds, Corgis are known to maintain order by trying to herd running and scattering children at play.  This is a trait of which to be aware, yet can be discouraged and trained out to avoid unhappy situations.

Due to the growing popularity of the breed given the Royal family's fondness of the Pembroke version and the Walt Disney film, "Little Dog Lost", the Corgi is earning well-deserved popularity as a pet. A well mentally & physically stimulated Corgi is a deeply loyal dog that also serves as a watch dog, playmate, exercise partner and all-around versatile companion.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Corgi, Cardigan Welsh

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 25 - 38 lbs (11 - 17 kg); 27 - 32 cm
  • General Temperament: Active, Bold & Devoted
  • General Description: A fun, active, hardy "big" dog in a little, squat body. Corgis are best enjoyed for their eagerness, energy, versatility and deep devotion to the family.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience     x    
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required     x    
Activity Indoors   x      
Ease of Training   x      
Sociability with Strangers       x  
Grooming Requirements       x  


Brief History

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi earns its name from Cardiganshire, Wales, with origins that date back around 2000 years, being the oldest of all herding breeds. They are believed to share bloodlines from the Dachshunds and were used to drive cattle given their low profile, which enabled them to roll away from a cow's kick as they dodged through herds and nipped the lower legs to force an intended direction. The Cardigan is also a skilled vermin hunter.


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