Welsh Corgi Cardigan
hair Short or medium coat with a harsh texture. It is weather resistant, with a good undercoat. Preferably straight.
dress Any color, with or without white spotting but white must not dominate.
head Reminiscent of the fox. Broad, flat skull tapering towards the muzzle, moderate stop.
eyes Medium sized, dark. The blue color is allowed in blue merles.
ear Fairly tall, moderately broad and erect, set well apart.
tail Moderately long, resembles that of the fox.
behaviour Alert, intelligent, docile, neither fearful nor aggressive.
federation FCI nomenclature group 1 section 1 no 38
The word “Corgi” comes from the old Welsh “Cur ci”, or “Cor ci”, meaning, according to the translations “working dog”, or “dwarf dog”. In 1934, the English Kennel Club recognized the Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis as two distinct breeds. Ancient breeds, although of different origins, Corgis were traditionally used to herd and herd cows, ponies and geese, but were also part of the rural life of the Welsh peasants as they guarded farms and hunted them if need the pests. Corgis were commonly called “heels” because of the way they drove cattle: by pinching them at the hocks. Some, moreover, naturally retain this atavism. The origins of Welsh Corgis Cardigans are believed to date back over 3,000 years ago to Wales. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi descends from the Basset Hound family, which also produced the Dachshund. It is believed to have been brought there by Celtic tribes who migrated to Wales from central Europe. This primitive dog would be a transitional form between the Basset and Spitz families.