cardigan welsh corgi breed information

common health issues

With intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) one or more of the discs that sit between vertebrae break down and their extruded contents bulge into the vertebral canal, pressing on the spinal cord. Symptoms range from mild back or neck pain to paralysis of the limbs. Mild IVDD can be managed medically, but severe IVDD cases require surgery to provide relief.

The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.

Persistent pupillary membranes are abnormal strands of tissue in the eye. They are remnants of blood vessels that supplied nutrients to the developing lens before birth. Depending on their location, they may interfere with vision by causing opacities in the surface of the eye or cataracts. In most dogs, persistent pupillary membranes cause no problems.

Normally, the lens of the eye is held in place between the iris and the retina. A luxated lens lies in an abnormal position, either backward or forward of it's normal position. Treatment ranges from conservative treatment to removal of the affected eye.

The retina lines the back of the eye and is responsible for transmitting visual stimulus to the brain. Retinal dysplasia is a malformation of the retina which can range from mild retinal folds to severe dysplasia with detachment of the retina and blindness. Visually impaired dogs generally adapt to life well due to their keen sense of smell.

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.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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