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Dog Breeds A-Z: Cardigan Welsh Corgi
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older of the two Corgi breeds, and is also larger than its cousin, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Standing up the 13 inches at the shoulder, and weighing 45 pounds, they are stocky, low-slung and somewhat longer than they are tall. The ears are erect, and the face fox-like.These cute little dogs are actually a lot tougher than the look, and have traditionally been used as cattle drovers.
The origins of the breed are somewhat murky, with several competing theories. One suggests that Corgi descends from the Swedish Vallhund and was brought to Britain by the Vikings. Another theory is that the arrived with the invading Celts in around 1200 BC.
There may be some truth in either, or both, or these theories. The Corgi and Vallhund are similar in both look and temperament, while the Celtic word for dog, is corgi.
Corgis have been cattle herders in Britain for hundreds of years, and it is a job they excel at. Despite their small stature, they are tremendously brave and think nothing of standing their ground against a charging bull. Their method of herding is to nip at the heels, and their low profile and natural agility allows them to easily avoid flying hooves.
These days though Corgis are mainly companion dogs, a job for which they are well suited.These clever, loving and gentle dogs thrive on being around humans. They are eager to please and, along with their intelligence, this makes them a dream to train.
These active, playful dogs are a joy to have around. They are very good with children, and get on with other dogs and non-canine pets. One small problem, is the tendency of some dogs to nip at the ankles, but this is easily corrected with training.
The Corgi makes an excellent watchdog. They are alert and vigilant and will bark when something doesn't seem right to them. This can however, become a problem if the behavior is not controlled.
Grooming the short coat is an easy task. All it takes is a good brush down every second day or so to keep the coat in good order. During the shedding season, this needs to be increased to a daily brush.
They are a particularly robust breed and suffer from very few inherited diseases. They do tend towards obesity, but with regular exercise this is easily avoided. A Corgi that is kept in a good environment and fed a healthy diet can easily live 12-15 years.
Their small size makes them perfect for apartment living. However, as working dogs they require a fair bit of exercise. Daily walks are a must, and their playfulness means they also enjoy games. You should also consider enrolling your Corgi for canine sports like agility, flyball and herding trials as they do well at these.
Good names for a Cardigan Welsh Corgi can be hard to find. The best advice is to search one of the online puppy names, sites, and my personal favorite is Puppy Names HQ. This site has thousands of excellent dog names, including a mega-database of girl dog names to pick from.
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