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.
Size, Proportion, Substance
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is highly intelligent, obedient, protective and robust. Steady, loyal and loving, but wary of strangers. They are willing to please. Some Corgi's are extremely active and devoted little dogs, and are usually good with considerate children. They make fine guards, and excellent show and obedience dogs. Cardigans are less sociable and more territorial than Pembroke's. Good with other non-canine animals and with other Corgis, but can be combative with other dogs. Several of these brave dogs have lost their lives defending their homes, as they were too small for the situation. They sometimes attempt to herd people by nipping at their heels, although they can be trained not to do this. The Cardigan is a good alarm barker and some tend to bark a lot. Males can be aggressive with other males, particularly if a bitch in heat is in the vicinity.
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