The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older of the two Corgi breeds and is sometimes better known as “the Corgi with the tail.” It originated in Cardiganshire, Wales, where it was brought by Celts in 1200 B.C. Small but powerful, the breed was used as a drover and general purpose farm dog. At the time, land was owned by the government, and tenant farmers were allowed to graze their flocks on the lands surrounding their houses, but were permitted fences only for their yards. These farmers used their Corgi dogs to manage stock on the common lands, driving them out into the fields for grazing.
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are affectionate and highly adaptable. They enjoy both life on the farm as well as life in the city, provided they are exercised daily. They enjoy the company of their two-legged family members, preferring to be by their sides most of the time. Being an intelligent working breed, they are keen competitors in agility trials, sheepdog trials and competitive obedience rallies, and these challenges provide a unique opportunity for especially strong bonding between pet parent and dog.
Although an easygoing breed, Cardigan Welsh Corgis are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Cardigan Welsh Corgis are prone to include neurologic problems such as intervertebral disc disease; and eye issues such as lens luxation, progressive retinal atrophy, retinal dysplasia and persistent pupillary membranes.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Cardigan Welsh Corgi has the misfortune of inheriting anything more than a strong herding instinct, you’re protected.