An old herding breed, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is differentiated from the tailless, lighter Pembroke Welsh Corgi although both originated from Wales. It is older and the Pembroke was also developed from the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Both have their lineages traced to the Keeshond, Pomeranian, Schipperkes and the Swedish Vallhund.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi weighs 25 to 30 pounds and stands between 10 to 13 inches. It has a fox-like appearance but it is long and short. Small but sturdy, it has a broad, rounded head with a moderate stop. It has wide-set, oval-shaped eyes that come in shades of brown depending on the coat colour. It has large and upright ears, a bushy tail that is low-set and long and the round paws are relatively large for its short legs. It has a double layer of coat - the weather-resistant undercoat is short and thick while the outer coat is longer and coarser. Colours include sable, fawn, red, brindle, black and brindle, blue merle, black and tan with or without markings.
Intelligent, alert and responsible, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a devoted family pet who is always eager to please its owner. They are excellent human companions and they do well in sheepdog trials and competitive agility. They are good watch dogs, wary of strangers around them and can be vocal about their hostility. They are also highly independent and if socialized at a young age will do well with other animals in the household.