Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are athletic working dogs with stamina to spare. Though small, these dogs have a big bark that makes them excellent watchdogs. And when not on the job, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is an affectionate companion.
Cardigan Welsh Corgis need a high-quality dog food formulated for their life stage (e.g., puppy, adult, senior). These dogs can easily become overweight, and excess weight strains their long backs—potentially leading to disc problems. To avoid this, measure out your dog’s meals, and limit treats to no more than 10% of their daily calories.
Regular grooming will keep your Cardigan Welsh Corgis looking their best. A good brushing at least once per week removes cast-off hair and minimizes shedding. During spring and summer—when these dogs are shedding more than usual—regular baths and daily brushing with an undercoat rake will help loosen excess hair.Trimming nails, cleaning ears, and brushing teeth should also be part of every dog’s grooming routine, regardless of breed.
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are little dogs with large exercise needs. Besides herding cattle or sheep, the energetic breed enjoys walks, hikes, and trips to the dog park. Due to their short legs and bulky bodies, Cardigan Welsh Corgis are not great swimmers and cannot keep up on a fast run.
These highly intelligent dogs also excel in dog sports, such as agility, obedience, rally, and tracking. But keep in mind, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s long back is injury-prone. So, you should avoid activities that require a lot of jumping or stairs.
It cannot be stressed enough that early and regular socialization is of the utmost importance in the developing a happy, healthy Cardigan. Gently expose the pup to a wide range of people, places, and situations. This process goes on for a lifetime, but the rewards of a well-socialized dog are wonderful. Go to training classes, and let all members of the family participate. Don’t tolerate inappropriate behavior, and don’t hesitate to seek the help of a qualified trainer or behaviorist if there’s a problem you can’t correct. A little effort early on will reward you with a dog whom you and all who meet him will love.
Reviewed Oct 25, 2021 by Lichuan, Sun