Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Height: 10-13 inches
Weight: 25-38 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: Merle, sable and white, brindle and white, black and white, brindle and white, blue merle and white, red and white
Suitable for: Families with children
Temperament: Loyal & loving, easygoing, trainable, smart, social, get along with other pets

With that distinctive wiggle when they walk, short legs, and fox-like appearance, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi definitely stands out in a crowd. These easygoing, intelligent, and super cheerful herding pups make quite the impression on whoever they come into contact with!

Ranking in as one of the top 100 most popular dog breeds, this low-slung dog makes the perfect pet for just about anyone. If you’re considering bringing a Cardigan Welsh Corgi into your home, here’s everything you need to know about this stubby-legged, stellar little pooch.

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Cardigan Welsh Corgi Puppies – Before You Buy…

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Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppies are little fluff balls of absolute cuteness! And they’re not just good looks. Corgis are also known to be extremely affectionate, easygoing, and friendly to both people and other pets.

With the Cardigan Welsh Corgi being one of the most popular types of purebred dog breeds available on the market, buyers should be wary of backyard breeders, puppy mills, and other bad news breeding facilities. Puppies from such operations can be littered with both health and behavioral issues, costing you time, money, and heartache for years to come.

But what exactly is the difference between a backyard breeder and a puppy mill? While both are out to make a quick profit and have little regard for the welfare of the dogs they are breeding, there are some key differences between these two breeding operations.

A puppy mill, also known as a puppy farm, is a large-scale commercial dog breeding establishment characterized by poor conditions and quick breeding. According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are over 10,000 puppy mills currently actively breeding in the country. Within those facilities, over 194,000 dogs are being kept solely for breeding purposes and over 2 million puppies are being sold.

A backyard breeder is just as bad as a puppy mill. These are normally individuals who breed dogs in their backyards, hence the namesake. These amateur animal breeders make little or no effort toward selective, ethical breeding.

If you notice any the following signs of a puppy mill or backyard breeder, do not buy a Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy from them. Some telltale signs of a low-quality dog breeder can include:

  • Selling the dogs for far less than they are worth
  • Not having you sign a contract before you buy a puppy
  • Not providing health and/or pedigree papers, including vet records on the puppies and parents
  • Selling the puppies before they are eight weeks of age
  • Not allowing you to visit the facility
  • Not allowing you to meet the parents
  • Not having any references from past customers
  • Seemingly having puppies for sale all of the time

While you may be tempted to purchase a Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy for a low price tag, you may end up paying more down the road. This is because puppies from backyard breeders and puppy mills come with a plethora of health and behavior problems.

Behavioral problems in a Cardigan Welsh Corgi from a puppy mill can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Shyness
  • Fear
  • Difficulty leash and house training
  • Food hoarding
  • Erratic sleep patterns

Moreover, your puppy could also suffer from health problems, including:

  • Blindness or deafness
  • Joint disorders, such as hip dysplasia
  • Blood disorders, like anemia
  • Eye problems, including glaucoma or cataracts
  • Shortened or missing limbs
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Mites, mange, or matting
  • Missing teeth
  • Heartworm
  • Overgrown nails
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Ticks and fleas

Worse yet, there are some long-term health issues that could afflict your puppy, such as:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • Kennel cough
  • Respiratory infections

It is always best to buy your Cardigan Welsh Corgi from a high-quality, reputable breeder.

What’s the Price of Cardigan Welsh Corgi Puppies?

A Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy from a quality breeder will cost you between $600 and $1,000. However, some puppies can be sold as high as $2,000.

Keep in mind, that that is just the price for the puppy. You will also need to dish out money for his food, crate, toys, initial vet visits, bedding, leash, and collar.

And if your Cardigan Welsh Corgi lives to be 15 years of age, it is estimated that you will spend over $15,000 on him during the course of his lifespan. Are you prepared to do that?

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3 Little-Known Facts About a Cardigan Welsh Corgi

1. They’re world-class herders.

Don’t let your Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s petite stature fool you! He was originally bred to herd sheep and cows.

2. His name literally means “dwarf dog.”

“Corgi” means “dwarf” in Welsh.

3. He may have come from fairies.

Ancient folklore suggests that this breed was created by a fairy kingdom. Fairies would use the Cardigan Welsh Corgis as mounts.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi

By nature, the Corgi is a herding dog. This means that he loves to chase, nip, and get everyone in the same part of the room at the same time. This smart, spunky breed is also an excellent watchdog and is fiercely loyal.

Super smart, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi needs proper socialization and training from the get-go, or else he’ll become quite bossy.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Yes, a Corgi is great for families! However, he’s better suited for active families that will keep him busy. Your Cardigan Welsh Corgi needs a lot of room to run, learn, and play, thus a suburban home with a sprawling yard makes a better home for a Cardigan Welsh Corgi than a city apartment.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Yep! A Cardigan Welsh Corgi will love just about every other furry (or feathered) member of your household. However, it is important to socialize him with other dogs, as well as cats, from day one so he won’t try to chase and corral them.

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Things to Know When Owning a Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Now that we’ve covered the Corgi’s personality and intelligence, let’s take a look at everything else you’ll need to know about your new Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

When it comes to feeding your Cardigan Welsh Corgi, we recommend feeding him one to 1.5 cups of dry, high-quality, grain-free kibble divided into two meals daily.

Corgis are prone to obesity. So, go lightly on the treats and tasty tidbits. And don’t feed your Cardigan Welsh Corgi wet food every day. Wet dog food is high in protein and can pack on the pounds.

Exercise 🐕

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a dog with a moderate energy level. He’ll require 20 to 40 minutes of exercise every day. Whether that’s a brisk walk or a romp in the backyard, these short exercise sessions will keep your Cardi Corgi happy.

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Training 🎾

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is an extremely intelligent little boy. He’ll master basic obedience skills quickly and easily. However, his smarts are a double-edged sword because your Corgi needs a ton of mental stimulation to keep boredom at bay.

Treat him to challenging tricks or a puppy play puzzle to keep his mind active.

Since Cardi Corgis are prone to yapping, it’s important to teach him good manners right off the bat. Consider enrolling your dog in basic puppy training classes when you initially bring him home.

Grooming ✂️

Your Corgi has a double-coat that includes a short undercoat and a thick, long topcoat. They continuously shed, so daily brushing is in order to keep the flying hair in check.

Brush his teeth, clean his ears, and clip his nails routinely.

Health Conditions 🏥

Minor Conditions
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Hypothyroidism
Serious Conditions
  • Obesity
  • Hip dysplasia

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Overall, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a very healthy dog. However, they have been known to suffer from some health conditions, including eye problems and hypothyroidism. This is why it is important to purchase your Cardi Corgi from a quality breeder.

Male vs. Female

The male Cardigan Welsh Corgi will be several inches taller and several pounds heavier than his lady counterpart. There are no huge temperament differences between the two genders.

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Final Thoughts

If you’re thinking of adding a Cardigan Welsh Corgi to your home, be sure you’re buying him from a reputable breeder. The Cardi Corgi is a fun-loving and intelligent dog that will do well in an active household where he can get 40 minutes of exercise per day. Good with kids and other pets, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi needs daily brushing and a grain-free, dry doggy diet to keep his waistline small.

Overall, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is an amazing dog and will make a fine addition to almost any home!


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