Cardigan Welsh Corgi


Other names Cardie, Cardie Corgi, Corgi

Adult size Medium

Variants Brindle, Sable, Red, Black & Tan, Blue Merle

Coat type Short hair, Medium hair

Weight 11 - 15 kg

Height 25 - 33 cm

Life expectancy 12 - 14 years

Required daily excersie At least 30 minutes

Good with small children Yes

Non-shedding No

Hypoallergenic No


The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older of the two Corgi breeds. Why the name “Cardigan” you ask? His long tail resembles the sleeves of a cardigan sweater, of course. This breed shares many characteristics with the Pembroke, however the Cardi can be recognised through its slightly larger body. Their water proof coats vary in red, brindle, blue merle and black colours with white markings around the legs, chest, neck, muzzle, and belly. These intelligent and vocal dogs love a challenge, but owners beware they will often choose to do things their way.

Lifestyle and Living Environment

Cardigans are highly adaptable to living in both city and country settings as long as they get the mental and physical stimulation they need. Whether you throw the frisbee, play ball, teach them obedience - you name it - their energy level will be sure to match these stimuli. Like Pembroke Corgis, Caridgans were also bred to herd, and they sometimes try to herd people by nipping at their heels. They should be trained not to do this as it can be a destructive habit. Cardis need plenty of exercise each day, especially since they are prone to obesity and love to eat. Be sure to monitor their food intake.

Common Health Issues

Obesity, Hip Dysplasia, Intervertebral Disk Disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).