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What Are The Different Types Of Corgis?

What Are The Different Types Of Corgis?

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Last Updated on December 4, 2022 by May Jones

Corgis are one of the most popular dog breeds around, and it’s easy to see why! These loveable pups have been stealing hearts for years with their big ears, short legs, and adorable faces.

But did you know that there’s more than one type of corgi? There are actually two breeds of corgis, the Cardigan Corgi and the Pembroke Corgi – each named for the county in Wales where it originated.

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What’s the difference between a Cardigan and Pembroke Corgi?

Both originate from Wales in the United Kingdom, but they have some notable differences.

For starters, Cardigan Welsh Corgis are slightly larger than their Pembroke cousins and have longer bodies. They also sport tails (unlike their tailless Pembroke counterparts).

Both types of corgis come in a variety of colors and coat patterns, including tri-colored, blue merle, and red and white.

So whether you prefer the smaller, more agile Pembroke Corgi or the larger, sturdier Cardigan version, both breeds have plenty of love to give and will make a wonderful addition to any family if they get their needs met and are a good lifestyle fit for you.

What are Corgis like?

The Corgi is a medium-sized, short-legged dog breed that originates from Wales. The word corgi actually means “dwarf dog” in Welsh.

Despite their small size, they are very active and intelligent dogs. They make great family pets and typically get along well with other animals (they of course still need to be properly trained and socialised as puppies).

Where did Corgis come from?

Corgis were originally bred as working dogs on farms. They would herd cattle and sheep by nipping at their heels.

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Today, they are still used as working dogs on some farms, but they also excel in many different canine sports such as agility, obedience, tracking, herding trials – you name it!

Basically any activity where intelligence and teamwork are key will suit a corgi perfectly.

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What do Corgis look like?

Both types have a foxy appearance thanks to their pointy faces. Some corgis have tails while others have no tails. The tail-less corgis are either born without a tail due to a genetic mutation, or their tail could have been docked. Tail docking is now illegal in many countries including Australia & the UK; however it remains common practice among North American breeders.

Corgi Coat Colors

Both Pembroke and Cardigan corgis come in a wide variety of colors, including tri-colored, red and white, blue merle, and brindle. No matter what color your corgi is, they are sure to be adorable!

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