Corgi Breeds

6 Things to Know about Black and White Cardigan Corgis

We were reading about the history of Corgis, and you know what we found? Corgis are known to be the oldest dogs that used to work with humans on farms. Their history dates back to around 3000 years ago when they were used to scare away the herds from ruining the farms.

For a very long time, it was considered that Corgi as a whole is one breed. However, later, there are two breeds of Corgis: Cardigan Welsh Corgi and Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Out of the two, Cardigans are the older ones, and Pembroke ones are the popular ones because of finding their way in the Queen’s life.

Well, there are many differences one can spot to tell the two breeds apart. However, from their appearance to their personalities, they both share quite a few similarities and differences.

In Cardigans, the tail is long and gives a fox-like look to them, while Pembrokes do not have a tail.

Now, let us see some facts about the Cardigan Corgis that contrast with their cousin breed.

– Physical appearance

Cardigans come in coats of various colors and patterns – red, brindle, blue merle, and black, generally with white markings. However, they are not absolutely black and white in color. A black and white Cardigan Corgi means they have white underbelly and paws and black nose along with different color markings, stripes, etc., on their fur.

Apart from their tails being different, Cardigan corgis are a little bigger in size, longer body. They have heavier and bigger and round ears. The males weigh around 30 to 38 pounds, and females are a little smaller and generally weigh 25 to 34 pounds. They have a double coat, and they also have a hair shedding problem that can make it messy for you to clean.

– Barkers

They are really loud and bark a lot. That’s because they are watchful and look out for your safety. But, as small as they look, Corgis are really smart. They are very attentive, observant, and easy to train. House training might not work for cardigans, but still, you can try different methods.

– Friendly

Corgi, as a breed, is very friendly. Corgis are generally very calm and pleasant to be around. Cardigans can be a little quiet sometimes. They like to observe and then act. You just need to give their socialization an early start. Otherwise, they might spoil it for your guests coming home, especially kids.

– Food lovers

Corgis are big-time food lovers. They love treats, and that is the reason you can use them while training. But they are also prone to obesity, so just keep a check and do not go overboard.

– Energetic

Pembroke Corgis are very energetic though Cardigans are a bit low. They do not need exercises as much as their cousins, but they still need it.

You can check a good exercise routine for your Corgi here.

– Health

Overall, Corgis are very healthy as a breed, but they might have some medical conditions you need to be aware of. You should definitely get a complete medical check-up done on the puppy you are getting home. The good breeders will provide that without saying, and that is how you can be assured that your little one carries no medical problems in his genes. Other than that, it is a body, and medical issues can happen to anyone.

Some medical conditions that Corgis are prone to:

  • Intervertebral Disk Disease: This problem comes because of how their backs are structured. With their long structure, they are likely to harm their spine, which is when this condition comes. Some symptoms to note for this medical problem can be disbalance, problem climbing stairs or reaching the sofa, weakness in the body, and a few others.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): A body part that you need to be very careful for – eyes. Corgis or other small breeds are often prone to many eye-related issues. PRA is a group of eye problems that includes the dysfunctioning of the retina.

To know more about health issues in Cardigan Welsh Corgis, click here.

If you did not know, Cardigan Welsh Corgis is also known as Cardigans, Cardis, or CWCs.

Also, here is a list of AKC standards to maintain Cardigan Welsh Corgis:

No matter what dog you get for yourself, just make sure to take good care of him and be there for him even if anything goes wrong. Yes, Corgis can be a little difficult to handle sometimes, but they make excellent pets and family members.