Cardigan Welsh Corgi


The older of the two Corgi breeds, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi was brought to Cardiganshire (South Wales) from Central Europe by the Celts around 1200 BC. Later the Corgis served their masters well by driving cattle from the farmers’ meager acreage out to the common land owned by the Crown. Although the breed became less useful when the land was sold off and fenced in, it has survived, with the Cardigan and the Pembroke officially divided into two types in 1934.


Small to medium, 101/2 to 121/2 inches; females 25 to 35 pounds; males 30 to 45 pounds.


All shades of red, sable, and brindle; also blue merle or black, both with or without tan or brindle points; white markings common.


Loyal, affectionate, and even tempered; devoted to family, but reserved with strangers. Fun and high spirited, with a love of antics and tricks. Barks.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Active owner with time for exercise.


Daily exercise (walk, herding, or play session), fenced yard, regular brushing.

Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.