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Cardigan Welsh Corgis

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A Brief History

A small but hardy dog was found centuries ago in the remote, misty green hills of Cardiganshire in Wales. He was a "Corgi,"Cor" for dwarf (or perhaps "cur" for working dog) and "gi" (with a hard "G" sound) for dog. This "ci-llathed" or "yard-long" dog was highly valued by his family as affectionate companion, guard, general farm worker, and driver of cattle. In fact, ancient Welsh law provided for severe penalties to those who harmed or stole one of the little "corgwn," because the corgi's talents could help determine his family's economic status.


Never numerous and sometimes confused with the more common tailless Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the Cardigan is a separate breed of ancient lineage, descended from the Teckel or Dachshund family. The earliest Cardigans were heavy, golden or blue merle with perhaps drop ears. Careful crosses were made with working qualities in mind, probably with brindle and red herders; the result was also more refined, dignified and foxy-looking.


Although the Cardigan Welsh Corgi was first shown in England in 1919 and the English Cardigan Welsh Corgi Association was founded in 1926, the Cardigans and Pembrokes were not finally declared to be separate breeds by the English Kennel Club until 1934. The first pair of Cardigans was imported to the United States by Mrs. B.P. Bole in 1931, with the Welsh Corgi recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934, and the Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis recognized separately in December, 1934. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America was founded in 1935. The Cardigan has gone from the Non- Sporting to the Working to the Herding Group.


Physical Appearance

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a long, low fox-like dog with large upright ears, a brushy tail, moderate bone, and front legs slightly bowed around a deep chest. His appearance should conform as closely as possible to the AKC Standard, which states, "...a small, sturdy but powerful dog capable of endurance and speed." The average size is handy, approximately twelve inches at the shoulder with females ideally ranging from 25-34 pounds and males from 30-38 pounds. The Cardigan's practical coat is medium length and double with a variety of colors, shades and patterns: brindle (which gives a wood grain effect), red (brown or golden), sable (with black hair tips), blue merle (black and grey marbled) and black. Blues and blacks can have "points" (cheeks and eyebrows) in either tan (for a

tri-color) or brindle. White flashings are usual on the neck (as a partial or full collar), chest, legs, muzzle, underparts, tip of tail and blaze. Black

masks are acceptable along with some ticking (freckles).


Personality

One of the best features about a Cardigan is his personality. A big dog in a small package, his temperament is based upon his original life as a companion and valuable farm helper and guardian, all of which make him an adaptable and outstanding housepet. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a dog who wants to be truly involved with his family; his family should WANT to become involved with him too. He is full of fun and will shower that family with devotion and sensible affection, although some Cardigans withhold their favors from strangers until they get to know them better. Caring for his people (including children) comes naturally to this intelligent, alert and responsible dog. Because they're expressive and trainable, Cardigan Welsh Corgis have also been seen in several recent motion pictures.

Welcome to my site

Our Cardigans: top photo, from the Brood Bitch class at Nationals, Ch. Cardiridge Potsenia Brown, Ch. Cardiridge Confidential, & Ch. Cardiridge Forget Me Not. Bottom left, Ch. Tailgarth’s Owain Glyndwr, OJW, OAX. Left, Ch. Heritage Hill Charmer.

Our first Cardigan in 2000, Ch. Tailgarth’s Owain Glyndwr taught us the joy of having these dogs in our lives. It also taught my daughter much about competing, training, observation and raising Cardigans. Many mentors along the way have been most gracious in providing helpful information.


We occasionally have puppies and welcome inquiries. We also are happy to speak to you about Cardigans and specifically our beloved dogs.


FROM THE 2009 THE CARDIGAN WELSH CORGI CLUB OF AMERICA, INC. AKC BREED INTRODUCTION