Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Overview of Cardigan Welsh Corgi
These little dogs are just pure fun! Welsh Corgis come in two flavors: The Cardigan and the Pembroke. The Cardigan is the older of the two and is named for Cardiganshire, a medieval kingdom in Wales. Historians believe that these herding pups were brought over to Wales by the Celts over 3,000 years ago. Their body is twice as long as it is tall, so they may be prone to back problems. Unlike the Pembroke, these dogs have a long full tail and large, slightly rounded ears. Their weatherproof double coat is thicker around their neck and around their backside, so it gives them a unique look. Regular grooming is a must with a Cardigan Welsh Corgi and they come in a variety of colors from red to the popular blue merle. Their low profile comes in handy when they are herding cattle because if a cow tries to kick, their leg goes right over the Corgi's head!
Personality of Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Due to their high intelligence, Cardigan Welsh Corgis need lots of exercise! They may be stubborn, but they are trainable and would be happiest in a household with older children because they may nip at and herd young children. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a big dog in a small dog's body, so if you're looking for a protective guard dog who can hold their own in a crowd, you’ll love this pup!
Common Health Issues & Recommendations for Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Disc Disease: is common in dog breeds that have long backs such as Dachshunds and Corgis. A ruptured disc is when the cushioning around the spinal vertebrae either bulge or burst into the spinal cord space. The discs then press on the spine and cause severe discomfort, nerve damage, and possibly even paralysis.
Recommendations for Disc Disease in Cardigan Welsh Corgi Dogs:
- PetOmega 3 - Fish oils have excellent anti-inflammatory properties which help with discomfort and encourage tissue repair.
- Old Timer - Helps support musculoskeletal issues while helping to ease muscle and joint inflammation.
- Yucca - May be beneficial for chronic injury and discomfort and relieve inflammation.
Retinal Atrophy: The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a breed that can inherit certain eye conditions like progressive retinal atrophy. If left untreated, this kind of degenerative eye disease may lead to blindness.
Recommendations for Retinal Atrophy in Cardigan Welsh Corgi Dogs:
- OcuLove - Natural aid to help slow down the degeneration of the eye and support overall eye health.
- Turmeric - Beneficial support for encouraging healthy circulation and stimulating tissue repair.
Cystinuria: is a Corgi related health issue that causes high levels of cystine to be excreted in the urine, which may cause stones to form. This can be very uncomfortable for a dog to pass and may lead to other health issues.
Recommendations for Cystinuria in Cardigan Welsh Corgi Dogs:
- Cystitis Kit for Bladder Inflammation - Formulated to relieve inflammation in the urinary tract, support healthy elimination and help prevent the formation of bladder stones.