Corgi Breed Info: Why Are Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis So Popular?

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A corgi is a corgi, right? Wrong. While corgis look a LOT alike, there are two different breeds: Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke Welsh. Queen Elizabeth II fancies the Pembroke and has bred 14 generations of them. Learn more corgi breed info and why corgis are so popular. 

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The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a docked tail.

Do Corgis Bark a Lot?

Both breeds of corgis are known to be vocal. They must have plenty to say as corgis communicate with their humans on just about everything. Sounds corgis make include barking, grumbling, whining, and grunting. People not familiar with corgi talk may mistake some of their sounds as growling, leading this breed to be labeled as aggressive. Reasons why a corgi barks are pretty typical among dogs: They want attention, they’re bored, lonely, anxious, or fearful of something they see or hear. 

While all dogs bark, every dog is unique. Genetics, training, and how a dog is raised can influence corgi temperament and behavior. That said, one of the traits that distinguishes Pembrokes from Cardigans is that Pembrokes tend to be more vocal than Cardigans. What can you do if your corgi is non-stop vocal? First, figure out why your corgi is barking. Then you can address their behavior and let them know you’re top dog.

How to stop corgis from barking?

If your Cardigan or Pembroke corgi barks excessively at people, animals, and cars passing by, nip the barking in the bud sooner rather than later. The longer you allow your dog to bark, the more you’re reinforcing it and ensuring it occurs again. Next thing you know, your dog is barking at EVERYTHING, and you’re to blame. Let’s not let that happen. 

If your corgi is bothered by movement outside your home, close curtains, blinds, and doors. This “cloaks” visual triggers. If your corgi reacts to outdoor noises, play music, white noise, or a show on your TV or speaker to cloak sounds. 

When your dog barks merely to get your attention, don’t give in. Even one look at your pet when he’s attention barking reassures you’ll do the same next time. Don’t look at, talk to, or pet your corgi until it’s quiet.

Before you leave your corgi at home for long periods, exercise them with a quick game of fetch or go for a stroll. A tired corgi is a quiet corgi. This breed doesn’t require a ton of exercise, so even a little movement can keep them from barking due to separation anxiety or out of boredom or loneliness. 

Facts About Corgis 

While the Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke Welsh corgis have some comparable qualities, experts hold that the two do not have a common ancestor. Corgis tend to make excellent herders and all-around farm dogs. These two breeds have an advantage over their taller herding counterparts. Thanks to their low-to-the-ground stature, corgis can nip at a cow’s leg and quickly duck out of the way. 

Cardigan Welsh corgi facts

Of the two corgis, the Cardigan is the older breed and has a few distinguishing characteristics: large, rounded ears and a long tail. The Cardigan Welsh corgi temperament tends to be a little reserved, but they’re fun loving once they assess that you’re OK.

Pembroke Welsh corgi facts

In contrast, Pembrokes’ tails are docked close to the body, and the ears are smaller and more pointed. Unlike their Cardigan cousins, the Pembroke Welsh corgi temperament tends to be a little more on the alpha dog side. The Pembroke likes to be in charge. 

 

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Cardigan Welsh Corgi has smokier colors and full tail.

Size: Cardigan Welsh corgis range from 10.5 to 12.5 inches in height and 25 to 38 pounds in weight. Pembroke Welsh corgis range from 10 to 12 inches in height and 28 to 30 pounds in weight.

Life expectancy: Cardigan Welsh corgis tend to live 12 to 15 years, whereas Pembroke Welsh corgis lifespan averages 12 to 13 years.

Coat: Both breeds have a weatherproof double coat with a soft under-coat and a course outer-coat. The Cardigan Welsh corgi has a wider variety of colors — brindle, black and white, red and sable, and blue merle. The recognized coat colorings for Pembrokes are red, sable, and a tricolor mix with white markings.

AKC group: Cardigan Welsh corgis and Pembroke Welsh corgis belong to the AKC herding group.

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Another image of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Are Corgis Easy to Train?

Continuous socialization throughout a corgi’s life is essential, beginning between 7 weeks and 4 months. Gradually exposing a corgi pup to a variety of people, places, and situations can ensure a corgi grows into a happy, healthy, well-mannered adult dog. 

Include everyone in the house when you training your corgis. Corgis respond well to reward-based positive reinforcement (with praise and training treats). Be careful with giving too many treats as obesity can be an issue with corgis. Although Pembrokes can have a mind of their own, both breeds are intelligent and learn quickly. Cardis and Pembrokes thrive when given a job to do.

Does the Corgi Dog Breed Need Grooming?

Like most double-coated dog breeds, corgis are high shedding breeds. They lose hair year-round, although more so in the summer and winter. To help keep fur from landing all over your clothes, furniture, and floors brush your corgi’s coat a minimum of three times a week. This routine will further ensure your corgi’s coat looks its best. During heavy shedding periods, we recommend daily brushing. Trim hair on the bottom of the paws to reduce dirt that your dog can track inside. Regularly brush your corgi’s teeth and trim his nails to prevent overgrowth, which can cause your pet pain. Check ears weekly for infection.

What If My Breed Is a Corgi Mix?

Overall, corgis are a healthy breed. Similar to other short dogs, like the dachshunds, corgis have achondroplastic dwarfism that causes their short legs. The gene responsible for this trait can show up in corgi offspring, making for some irresistibly cute low-to-the-ground mixes. 

Here are some popular corgi breed mixes:

Cardigan Welsh corgi

  • Bordigan — Cardigan Welsh corgi + border collie
  • Cardoodle Poogi — Cardigan Welsh corgi + poodle
  • Corsengi — Cardigan Welsh corgi + basenji

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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