The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a long, low, fox-like dog with large upright ears,
a bushy tail and a short or medium length coat which comes in an
intriguingly wide range of colours – red, sable, brindle, black, blue merle,
black and tan, all of which are usually attractively marked –
with white on the legs and feet as well as head, collar and tip of tail.
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are one of the oldest known breeds.
They are believed to have been in existence in Wales for over 3,000 years.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is one of the breeds included in the AKC Herding Group.
As the name implies, these dogs have a heritage as companions and
protectors in driving cows and sheep on farms in Great Britain.
A good working Cardigan was a valuable asset to the farmer.
After tending the herd during the day, the farmer brought his dog into
the home at night where it became friend, protector and
companion to the family and children.
With it’s sensible coat it is easy to keep clean and smart.
A Cardigan often takes a few years to come to maturity,
but if you are lucky it may live to between 15 and 17 years of age.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a working breed.
If you don’t activate it, the risk is overhelming that it will activate it self.
There are no limits to what adventures a Cardigan can come up with!
In a working dog, colour is undoubtedly of secondary importance to construction, but the wide range of colours found in the Cardigan Corgi is one of the attractive features of the breed.
These are the colours accepted by the standard:
All shades of red, sable and brindle.
Tricoulors with or without tan or brindle points.
Blue merle (black and gray; marbled) with or without tan or brindle points.
There is no color preference. White flashings are usual on the neck (either in part or as a collar), chest, legs, muzzle, underparts, tip of tail and as a blaze on head.
White on the head should not predominate and should never surround the eyes. Any color other than specified and/or body color predominantly white are disqualifications.
Liver and slate blue modifictions of the black in the coat are known, but these colours are not correct as they lead to brown and slate coloured nose and eye rims, and light eyes. Brindle merle and red merle are not accepted colours.
Both standards state that white should not predominate, but more extensive white markings are acceptable, albeit not enouraged, in the US and FCI countries.