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Cardigan Welsh Corgi

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Cardigan Welsh Corgi (Brindle & White, Lying)
Brindle & White, Lying

Breed Information


2022: #62

2021: #67

2020: #66

2019: #66

2018: #68

2017: #68

2016: #69

2015: #76

Name Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Other names Cardigan, CWC, Cardi
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group Herding (AKC:1935)(UKC)
Size Small to Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years









Male: 10-13 inches (25-33 cm)

Female: 10-13 inches (25-33 cm)


Male: 25-30 pounds (11-14 kg)

Female: 25-30 pounds (11-14 kg)


Black & White

Blue Merle & White

Brindle & White

Red & White

Sable & White

Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1200 - $2200 USD

Usually, the average price of a Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy from a reputable breeder is between $1,200 and $2,200, while a top-quality Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy can cost as high as $3,000. Their price depends upon the pup’s age, sex, quality, pedigree, and breeder’s location.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

Corgis will do fine in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. With enough exercise they can be calm indoors, but will be very active if they are lacking. Will do okay without a yard so long as they are taken for daily walks.

Barking Tendencies

3 stars


Cat Friendly

5 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

4 stars

This breed greatly enjoys the outdoors. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi enjoys long walks and sports such as Frisbee catch. Herding is the Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s favorite activity. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi should not be made to jump from significant heights (even a few feet) or run for great distances because of its long back and short legs.


3 stars

Low Maintenance: The Cardigan has a thick, medium-length double coat that sheds a lot, but it also repels dirt, lacks an odor, and is easy to maintain. To remove dead hair and distribute your Cardigan’s natural skin oils, groom his coat weekly using a shedding blade, slicker brush or fine pin brush. Baths are rarely needed.

Health Issues

2 stars

Prone to PRA, glaucoma and back disorders. Gains weight easily. Do not overfeed for if they become fat it can cause back problems.

Hypoallergenic: No

5 stars

Ranking: #26 Full Ranking List


4 stars

Shedding Level

4 stars

Constant and Seasonal Shedding: Cardigans also go through heavier seasonal sheds twice a year, so brush more often during that time to keep flying fur under control.

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


5 stars

Easy Training: Cardigan Welsh Corgis are eager learners and quickly understand what is expected of them. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi excels at dog sports such as sheepdog and agility trials.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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Cardigan Welsh Corgi Puppy (Face, Lying)
Face, Lying

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Buddy Molly
02 Charlie Daisy
03 Bailey Sasha
04 Oliver Lily
05 Jackson Stella
06 Henry Ellie
07 Teddy Roxy
08 Gus Pepper
09 Sam Nala
10 Bandit Annie
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Cardigan is a low-set dog, approximately 1.8 times longer than it is tall, with moderately heavy bone. It is small but powerful — capable of the agility, speed and endurance necessary to drive cattle for extended periods. Its small size allowed it to duck under the cattle's hooves should they kick at it. Its gait is free, smooth, effortless and ground-covering. Its double coat consists of a soft thick undercoat and slightly harsh outer coat of medium length. Its expression is alert, gentle and watchful, yet friendly.

Fun-loving and high-spirited, yet easygoing, the Cardigan is a devoted and amusing companion. This is a hardy breed, capable of a day dodging kicks, so it is agile and tireless. At home it is well-mannered but inclined to bark. It tends to be reserved with strangers and can be scrappy with other dogs.


The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is older than the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, with the Pembroke being bred out of the Cardigan. Both Corgi varieties may be a descendant of the Keeshond, Pomeranian, Schipperkes and the Swedish Vallhund. Some say the older Cardigan was from Cardiganshire, brought there by the Celts in 1200 BC, whereas the Pembroke's ancestors were introduced by Flemish weavers to the Celts in the 1100s. Whatever the case may be, the Cardigan and the Pembroke Welsh Corgis were interbred and considered the same breed up until 1934 when a show judge thought they were too different and separated them into two different breeds. After they were separated the Pembroke gained in popularity and is to this day more popular than the Cardigan. The name "corgi" is specific to that type of dog breed in Cymreig (Welsh). Dog in Cymreig (Welsh) is 'Ci' or if it is softly mutated 'Gi,' hence Corgi. The Pembroke was actually recognized by the AKC a year before the Cardigan. The Cardigan was recognized in 1935 and the Pembroke in 1934. Corgis were used as cattle drivers, vermin hunters and farm guards. They drove cattle by barking and nipping at the cattle's heels rather than just herding them. The dog's low stature helped him roll out of the way of kicking cows.

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