How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.
How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily a sign of how aggressive the breed is.
Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.
Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.
Breed Stats At A Glance: 1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst
Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!
A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner than others.
Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.
Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.
A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.
Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot so think of your neighbours!
Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.
Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.
Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.
How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and bathing etc.
All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.
How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most intolerance. Intact males generally are more problematic with other intact males
Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Temperament and Dog Breed Information
Up until their 1934 division into separate groups Pembroke's and Cardigans were all considered as one breed of Welsh Corgi.
The first Cardigan Corgis were introduced into the USA in 1931 and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935.
Cardigan Welsh Temperament
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is often described as a big dog in a small body and owners will tell you that apart from hang gliding or pole vaulting there are few tasks this intelligent and doughty little chap wont turn his paw to.
This Welsh Corgi’s temperament is both playful and affectionate but probably more of a dog for families with older children as they have a tendency to herd and nip at the ankles of little ones, this can of course (and should) be discouraged with a proper training and socialisation regime.
Cardigans are intelligent and love an intellectual challenge, which makes them ideal candidates for advanced obedience training or trick learning, interestingly their personality doesn't display the skittishness or highly strung nature of other intelligent dogs, making them stable and relatively calm household pets.
The one real problem that Cardigan’s have is a certain dog aggressiveness, understandably this comes from the days when one of their main roles was to protect home, hearth and herd from encroaching wolves or other dogs, they will need good socialisation to curb this tendency.
Description: The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a long, low solidly built dog, in fact comically he almost appears to be a larger dog who has had his legs sawn off in order to reduce his height. He has a wedge shaped head; large erect ears, a black nose and brown eyes.
Deep chested and short well boned powerful front legs give this Welsh Corgi a determined look ,showing one of his main differences with that of his Pembroke Welsh Corgi cousin by sporting a rather handsome long bushy tail.
The Cardigan's double coat has a medium length outer and a soft undercoat and comes in a a variety of colours and patterns including; brindle, red, sable, blue merle and black . There may be white markings anywhere on the coat, some have black masks and ticking
Children: The Cardigan Welsh Corgi temperament makes them an ideal breed for older more considerate children, though perhaps not so for the little-uns as they have a tendency to herd or nip at ankles of youngsters.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is one of Britain's oldest breeds, and is slightly older than its close cousin Pembroke Welsh Corgi whose origins can be dated back at least 3000 years to the Iron age circa 1200bc, when migrating Celts first travelled to and settled in the British Isles from mainland Europe.
They are named after the Welsh county of Cardigan-shire which is synonymous with their development, but it is highly likely that the Cardigan, like all Welsh Corgis were prevalent throughout Wales, where their rugged frame and can do attitude made them invaluable allies herding cattle, guarding livestock and protecting the farm holding in a hard and rugged environment.
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Protection levels: Will bark a warning at strangers or others that they see as an imminent threat.
Other Animals Wary and can be aggressive with other dogs unless properly socialised
Exercise: This is an active intelligent breed with high energy levels and needs a good daily walk and/ or play. prone to weight gain if not exercised sufficiently
Health: Generally healthy as a breed but can suffer from hip dysplasia, glaucoma or retinal atrophy. More serious is Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) a spinal complaint found primarily in German Shepherds. Finding a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.
The Ideal Owner is experienced and active who can provide the play, training and socialisation required to bring out the best in this fun packed and amusing breed.
Not recommended for Overly houseproud types, or quiet uneventful kind of lifestyle.
As always if you like this breed, please do the research and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club