Welsh Corgi Cardigan

There are two subsets of corgis: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, a division that only occurred in the 1930s. The cardigan corgi is thought to be closer to the original breed, dating back to 1200 or so. (Both breeds gained the recognition of the American Kennel Club in the 1930s: the Pembroke corgi in 1934, the Cardigan corgi a year later.) They are sometimes called ‘Yard Dogs’ because average specimens measure a Welsh yard from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail.

Corgis have been part of the Welsh farming community for over 3,000 years, which makes them one of the oldest dog breeds and puts them amongst the earliest known instances of working dog. They were cattle dogs, helping to herd the cows, guard their homes and hunt vermin. Their short legs were useful as it allowed kicks from grumpy cattle to sail safely over their heads. Corgis are often still used as working dogs today.

Corgis are very active dogs, and the Cardigan corgi needs even more exercise than Pembroke cousins. Along with a great deal of running about, Cardigan corgis must be taken for a lengthy walk every day. It is important that the dog is leashed for this walk and that the...

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