Welsh Corgi Dogs

Description:The Welsh Corgi dogs are a breed originary from Wales. Its name comes from "cor gi", which means "dwarf dog". Welsh Corgis are generally recognized as two distinct breeds: the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The difference between the two is that the Pembroke's head, originally a bob tail, is lighter and with smaller ears than Cardigan's.
The corgis were originally bred for herding cattle and sheep, but now they make good companions and competitors in agility trials and sheepdog trials.

Group: Herding

Physical characteristics:
Average height: 10 to 12,5 in (25 to 30 cm) at the tallest point in the shoulders
Average weight: 30 lb (15 kg).

Temperament: The Welsh corgi dogs are good companions, active, intelligent, compassionate and protective. Good with kids and loyal, but wary of strangers. The breed is also good with other pets.
The Pembrokes are more sociable and less territorial than the Cardigans.
Being herding dogs, they sometimes bark at and bite people's heels, in order to "herd" them away, but they can be trained not to do that. They are suited for watch dogs and some of them tend to bark a lot.

Health: In the herding group, both Welsh Corgi breeds are considered to be among the healthiest.
Even if the Cardigan Corgi is considered to have less hereditary problems, it still was documented hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and degenerative myelopathy.
In addition to these, the Pembroke breed is also susceptible to intervertebral disc disease and epilepsy.
Both breeds are prone to obesity. Do not overfeed them, as they tend to gain weight easily.

Maintenance/Grooming: . The Welsh corgi dogs have a double coat that consists of a short or medium length outer coat with a hard texture, lined with a soft, dense weatherproof undercoat. The Corgis shed twice a year.
The coat is easy to groom with a firm bristle brush preferably twice a week. Bathing is not necessary as a regular grooming. Dewclaws should be removed.

Training: The Corgi dogs are considered to be very intelligent and active. They make good watch dogs, good with children and get good results in obedience and agility trials, as they have a high learning ability, a great curiosity and a great willingness to please.

Varieties: The accepted colors are brindle, blue merle, black, black & tan, black & brindle, sable, and red, often with white markings. The varieties can consist in any of the colors, with or without white markings, but white should not predominate.
The Cardigan has dark eyes that harmonize with the color of the coat. Blue eyes are allowed only in blue merle dogs.

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