The Differences Between Cardigan Welsh Corgis & Pembroke Welsh Corgis

The Corgi is a beloved dog breed famous for its’ fluffy butt and fun-loving nature. The word Corgi originates from the Celtic word “cor” which means drawf and “gi” which means dog. This is the perfect name for this short but stout breed. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi and Pembroke Welsh Corgis have many similarities but there are a few distinct features that make these breeds unique.

Cardigan Welsh Corgis

This small but powerful dog originated in Central Europe. Cardigan Welsh Corgis were used as sheepdogs. Although the Corgi doesn’t have the most athletic build, they are very active dogs. Cardigan Welsh Corgis are typically between 10.5 and 12.5 inches tall, the perfect height for herding cattle.

After the Vikings invaded Europe another dog crossbred with the Cardigan Welsh Corgi which became the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

pembroke welsh corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is famous for being beloved by the Queen of England. The royal history of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi dates back almost 90 years ago. In 1933, a young Queen Elizabeth took a special liking to a corgi King George brought home. Since then, she has bred over thirty corgis and the dog has been a well-known breed across the world.

Physical Differences

The Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis are very similar breeds but do have a few key differences that help distinguish the two.

One of the many breed characteristics that differentiate Cardigans from Pembroke’s is color. Pembroke’s colors are red and white, sable, and tri. Cardigan’s colors are red and white, sable, black and white, blue merle, and brindle.

One of the most significant physical differences between the Pembroke and Cardigan Corgi is their tail. The Pembroke has a bobbed tail wish is a short nub, very different from the Cardigan’s long fluffy tail. Along with a longer tail the Cardigan also has a larger build than the Pembroke.

Another difference between these two breeds is the shape of their ears. At first glance their ears may look similar, but the Cardigan’s ears are more rounded while the Pembroke’s ears are erect and pointed.

Overall both breeds are extremely playful, but the Cardigan is typically more reserved around strangers. Both breeds are excellent dogs and work well in active homes.

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