Welsh Cardigan Corgi

The Welsh Cardigan Corgi is a medium-sized dog, that is long in the body, with short legs, and set low to ground. The Welsh Cardigan Corgi is sadly rarely seen, compared to its more popular cousin, the Pembroke Corgi. The Welsh Cardigan Corgi belongs to the industrious pastoral group of dogs.

Welsh Cardigan Corgi Breed Group


Size of the Welsh Cardigan Corgi


Country of origin


The Welsh Cardigan Corgi through history

The Cardigan Corgi is believed to be older than its cousin the Pembroke Corgi with its origins going back over 1,200 years.

The Cardigan Corgi was originally used to herd and guard flocks of sheep. Today sadly, it is rarely seen and features as a breed on the Kennel Club’s Vulnerable Native Breed list.

Welsh Cardigan Corgi introduction and overview

The Cardigan Corgi is also known as the Yard dog. The length of the dog from the nose to the end of the tail is regarded as a Welsh yard! This low-set dog with a laid-back gait is actually very athletic and agile. The Cardigan Corgi is similar in looks to the Pembroke Corgi, although it has slightly larger ears and the feet tend to be more rounded.

The Cardigan Corgi can be nippy around the home. especially if excited. It is also a very vocal dog, making it an excellent guard dog.

Sadly the breed is still at risk from dying out, with only 102 dogs registered with the Kennel Club during 2013.

Size and weight of the Welsh Cardigan Corgi

Height bitch 26-31.5cms

Height dog 26-31.5cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 11-15kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 14-17kgs

Colour varieties of the Welsh Cardigan Corgi

The breed comes in a wide variety of colours and markings which include:

  • Black Brindle & White
  • Blue Merle
  • Brindle
  • Brindle & White
  • Brindle Point Tricolour
  • Red & White
  • Red Brindle
  • Red Brindle & White
  • Red Point Tricolour
  • Sable
  • Sable & White
  • Tricolour

Exercise requirements of the Welsh Cardigan Corgi

The low-set Corgi is an active and energetic dog requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. It can live in a town, and even adapt to living in an apartment if it receives the physical and mental stimulation it requires.

Welsh Cardigan Corgi temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The Cardigan Corgi is very loyal to his owner. The Corgi needs training from an early age, and good socialisation skills are essential, as Corgis can be wary of strangers and other dogs. With good socialisation skills, Corgis can make a good family pet, but care should always be taken around young children and other smaller pets.

Is the Welsh Cardigan Corgi a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The Cardigan Corgi is a quick learner and eager to please. However, the breed may be considered unsuitable for families with young children due to the inherent ‘nippy’ nature of the dog.

Welsh Cardigan Corgi coat length and grooming requirements

Short. The short coat require little grooming. A weekly brush with a bristle brush or soft slicker brush will keep the coat shiny and tangle free.

Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.


No. This breed sheds throughout the year making it an unsuitable choice for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Welsh Cardigan Corgi

The Cardigan Corgi is a fairly healthy and hardy dog but prospective owners should be aware of the following known health issues recorded in the breed and consult their breeder:   

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Canine Degenerative Disease

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Welsh Cardigan Corgi

A healthy Corgi should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-15 years.

Approximate Welsh Cardigan Corgi pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay between £650 upwards for a Cardigan Corgi. Litters are fairly rare, so expect to wait for a puppy. We suggest registering your interest with a breeder.

There are generally around 7 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Welsh Cardigan Corgi would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 12kgs requires 212gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog weighing 15kgs requires 237gms of complete dry food daily.

The weekly cost of feeding a 12kgs bitch is around £5.20

The weekly cost of feeding a 15kgs dog is around £6.00

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the pastoral group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment