Cardigan Welsh Corgi
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Country of Origin: Wales
Height: Female: 25–33 cm, Male: 25–33 cm
Weight: Female: 11–15 kg, Male: 14–17 kg
Color: Blue Merle & White, Brindle & White, Merle, Sable & White, Red & White, Black & White
Life Expectancy: 12 – 16 years
Temperament: Devoted, Alert, Companionable, Active, Intelligent, Affectionate
Litter Size: 3 - 7 puppies
Health Problems: Prone to PRA, glaucoma and back disorders. Gains weight easily. Do not overfeed for if they become fat it can cause back problems.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a long, low dog (36" to 43" long, all the way from the nose to the tip of the tail) with very, large erect ears, a broad flat skull, and a long, low-set tail (the Pembroke's variety has no tail).
The Cardigan tends to be a bit heavier than the Pembroke. The Cardigan's erect ears are larger than the Pembroke's and the feet are more round.
The Cardigan has a straight topline and a deep chest with prominent breastbone. The front feet turn outwards slightly.
The front assembly should be relatively heavy-boned, but not coarse. Dewclaws should be removed.
The Cardigan has dark eyes that harmonize with the color of the coat. Blue eyes are allowed only in blue merle dogs.
The head is broad between the ears and tapers to the eyes.
The occiput is in a proportion of approximately 3:5. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite.
The Cardigan's double coat consists of a harsh medium length outer coat lined with a soft, dense undercoat. Hair is more abundant at the ruff, back of the legs and on the underside of the tail.
Colors are brindle, blue merle, black, black & tan, black & brindle, sable, and red, often with white markings.