One of the smartest dogs, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, has been a working dog, assisting farmers herding cattle and keeping them safe from predators.
The word Corgi means dwarf dog, and sometime between 1200 BC, Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s were brought to Wales by the Celts.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s, are very low to the ground, standing just 10 and 1/2 to 12 inches tall on average. Known as heelers, dogs who would successfully nip at the heels of cattle without being kicked, they are readily built for that purpose.
And since they would perform double duty as both herders as well as protectors, Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s make the perfect watchdog.
Here are some tips if you own or are thinking of owning a Cardigan Welsh Corgi:
Cardigan Welsh Corgis make fantastic watchdogs.
Want a watchdog? Have you ever seen a video on YouTube for an alarm company showing how burglars can break into a house that has a supposed watchdog? Meanwhile, the dog just sits placidly by as the burglars clean out the house?
That won’t happen if you own a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. While it’s true this small dog won’t intimidate with snarling teeth, you can count on the moment a stranger comes into the house. They won’t stop barking. Only when they are given the okay by the owner, will they shut up.
And talk about the alert. The slightest disturbance will wake them up and put them on guard duty.
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are great with children.
First, Cardigan Welsh Corgis tend to have big and love personalities. The vast majority of Corgis seem just to love kids. Particularly if they have been socialized as a pup to be around children.
Second, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi typically weighs around 30 pounds. Even a very gentle dog such as a 75-pound golden retriever is likely to accidentally knock your child over when it plays with your toddlers. Your Corgi will not.
Part of the trick with Corgis is being age-appropriate and teaching your children how to react to the dog and visa versa.
Your children should be taught to be gentle with the dog. Your Cardigan Welsh Corregon is a real dog with genuine tendencies. Children should be taught your Corgie is not a riding toy or hobby horse. They should also be taught not to scream around the dog, to hold his ears, or pull his tail.
At the same time, your Cardigan Welsh Corgi should be taught to look at young children as like a Corgi puppy and not cattle. The instant your Corgi starts trying to herd your children like cattle, they should be corrected.
What about adopting an adult Cardigan Welsh Corgi?
From a young pup, you can train your Cardigan Welsh Corgi not to bite by persistently putting your hand out, and let him grab your hand. When he bites down, let your hand go limp and also let out a yelp.
It does take some time to train a Cardigan Welsh Corgi pup not to bite, but particularly if you reward your pup for letting go, gradually they will get the idea.
If you take in a Cardigan Welsh Corgi as a full-grown dog, say a friend has to move and can’t take care of it, think twice if you have children under five.
How often does a Cardigan Welsh Corgi need exercise?
A Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a high energy dog, and they need about an hour of exercise per day. One or two walks for up to 45 minutes at a time is ideal. And if your schedule allows, twice a day is better than once.
Many breeders suggest Corgis love routine, so going the same route, or at the same time of day is ideal.
One way to give your Cardigan Welsh Corgi not only the physical activity they need but the mental activity is with a herding ball. These are just light plastic balls that your Corgi can push around the yard or in the park.
Corgis also love to chase frisbees, and here the dog gets all the natural workout he needs without getting bored.
Don’t push your Corgi too hard, however. It’s possible they can not only get overextended, and above all, overheated. Be sure and make sure you provide plenty of water breaks.
Are Cardigan Welsh Corgis easy to train?
Here there is good news and not so good news. The good news is that Corgis are some of the brightest dogs on the planet. Set up an obstacle course for a Corgi, and chances are by the 3rd try, they have mastered it.
The bad news is that your Cardigan Welsh Corgi is very individualistic.
He may run through a 10-layer obstacle course with perfection, and then after stage 8, refuse to go further. Or he may reverse course and travel backward.
What kind of personality does a Cardigan Welsh Corgi have?
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are very individualistic and, in some ways, resemble a highly individualistic cat. And they know perfectly well what they are doing too.
As a consequence, to train a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, be prepared to consistently train them over and over, until you get your designated results.
One recommendation many breeders and vets suggest is to get the entire family involved in command training. Children as young as eight can learn to provide treats and rewards for their Corgi. Sit, Lie down, and rollover should all be in their command.
One advantage of having the entire involved in training the dog is that it teaches your Corgi to respect them as above his pecking order in the family “herd.”
What kind of diet does a Cardigan Welsh Corgi need?
Corgi dogs love food, so you have to be careful not to feed them too much. Otherwise, they gain weight. Most breeders recommend two half servings per day.
Also, it’s a good idea to let your Corgi eat in peace. Children should be trained that when the dog is eating, that’s the dog’s time. Let him eat in peace.
At the same time, not only don’t feed your Corgi people food but make the dog leave the room when the family is eating.
This will help keep your Corgi at an ideal weight.