HISTORY of the cardigan
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A small but hardy dog was found centuries ago in the remote, misty green hills of Cardiganshire in Wales.  He was the “Corgi”.  This “ci-llathed”, or yard-long dog, was highly valued by his family as an affectionate companion, guard, general farm worker, and driver of cattle.  In fact, ancient Welsh law provided for severe penalties to those that harmed or stole one of the little “corgwn”, because the Corgi’s talents could help determine his family’s economic status.

Never numerous and sometimes confused with the more common tailless Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the Cardigan (affectionately known as the Cardi) were heavy, golden or blue merle with perhaps drop ears.  Careful crosses were made with working qualities in mind, probably with brindle and red herders; the result today is a more refined, dignified and foxy-looking Cardigan still with the same historical instincts.

Although the Cardigan Welsh Corgi was first shown in England in 1919 and the English Cardigan Welsh Corgi Association was founded in 1926, the Cardigans and Pembrokes were not finally declared to be separate breeds by the English Kennel Club until 1934.

 

 

 Last Updated:  11 November 2017