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    Cardigan Welsh |Wales|

    Cardigan Welsh |Wales|

    Today the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, or “Cardi,” is primarily kept as a companion, but historically this was a working, farm-dog breed noted for its endurance, tenacity, and boldness. Typically they were used for moving cattle by nipping at their heels, and were short and agile enough to avoid getting kicked. The Cardigan is an exceptionally tough breed that will work all day in any weather. They have huge personalities packed into a low-slung body, and are lively and intelligent dogs that love a physical or mental challenge. Despite being largely companions now, they remain vigilant and effective watchdogs.

    History

    The origins of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi are uncertain, but the breed is believed to be ancient, dating back at least 3,000 years. It is widely held that they developed from the Teckel family of dogs, which also gave rise to the Dachshund, and that they were introduced to Wales by Celtic tribes migrating from Central Europe. The breed developed in relative geographic isolation, adapting to the climate and bred specifically to work. Despite their differences, no efforts were made to keep the Cardi separate from the Pembroke Welsh Corgi until 1934, when the British Kennel Club recognized each separately. Cardis arrived in the United States in 1931 when two were imported by Mrs. Robert Bole. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1935.

    As young puppies, Cardis’ ears are dropped, but they start to come upright any time after eight weeks.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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