Cardigans are the older of the corgi breeds, with a history of herding going back over 3000 years! They are active, fun loving dogs that thrive on being part of the family. Cardis love their family above all others and are great with kids. They are slightly less keen on strangers, but that is because their family is that awesome that they don’t need to bother with any other humans. If properly socialised as pups they will get on well with other dogs as well as other animals such as horses.
Cardis can come in a variety of colours including any shade of red, sable, or brindle, as well as black, with or without tan, brindle or blue merle, with or without tan or brindle points. They usually have white on the neck, chest, legs, muzzle, underneath, tip of the tail and as a blaze on the head. Corgi coats are easily maintained with regular brushing but they do have a tendency to shed, a lot. Expect to find corgi fur all over everything you own.
Cardis, like pems, are very smart dogs and are easy to train but because they are smart they will want to ensure that training results in treats. If a cardi isn’t mentally stimulated enough they will make their own he will make his own fun (read: chew things).
As with most herding breeds cardis (and pems) have a tendency to be a little mouthy (a tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite). This can be trained out of them and they will save their mouthiness for treats and toys. The other way that cardis are mouthy is with their love of their own voice. Cardis can be quite vocal and will often bark or howl when they think things are out of place or just because they want to talk to you.
Cardis have a life expectancy of around 12 years. Due to their long backs they can be prone to issues with their spinal disks in their twilight years (Intervertebral Disk Disease). UK Cardigan breeders have worked hard to ensure that all UK bred Cardis are free of Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). All KC registered pups will have been tested for this. Dogs born outside of the UK may be affected to ask about DNA tests if the Cardi is not KC registered.