Breed Spotlight: Welsh Corgi

08/18/15 at 04:54 PM | Published Under Dog Breeds by Cristen Underwood

Until 1934, Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis were classed by the Kennel Club as two varieties of one breed. Many fanciers contended that the two actually evolved separately, with the Cardigan from the Dachshund family and the Pembroke from the Spitz line. Once the club recognized the two separately, breeders stopped interbreeding – thus saving the individual integrity of both.


Similarities include a foxy head, erect ears, long body, ample energy, intelligence and keen ability to herd. Both Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis possess a huge desire to please and are considered neither aggressive nor shy. One of the most obvious differences in the two is the tail. A Pembroke has a natural bob or docked tail, while the Cardigan has a full-length tail.


While Cardigans are prone to fewer documented hereditary health problems, both are genetically predisposed to canine degenerative myelopathy, hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. Obesity can be fatal for these canines since the additional weight pulls on the spine and aggravates the joints.


Typically living between 12-15 years, Pembroke also lean toward epilepsy, intervertebral disc disease and persistent papillary membrane. Cardigans have a typical 12-14 year life expectancy.


Because both Corgi breeds are herding dogs, they require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation with long daily walks, off-leash play, and engaging toys.


To keep these four-legged friends entertained without squeaking toy noise making you crazy, check out Quaker Pet Group Ultrasonic HEAR DOGGY!® toys that are made with a squeaker only your dog can hear. Canines detect sounds at a higher frequency range (0 to 45 KHz) than humans (0 to 20 KHz). Tuned to the 24-28 KHz frequency range, each Hear Doggy squeaker is too high for humans to detect.


Hear Doggy offers fun characters either plush or free of stuffing. Several designs also feature Chew Guard Technology, made with durable mesh lining and double stitched seems that stand up to tough play! This is one toy that will keep any Corgi occupied for hours.


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