Loyal / Friendly / Playful

Both the Pembroke Welsh corgi and the Cardigan Welsh corgi are loyal and loving to their owners. They are good companions, especially if you like to take long walks or play catch. They’re working dogs and have a lot of energy. Cardigans are usually more reserved while Pembrokes are more friendly.

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  • 10.5 - 12.5 Inches


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  • 22-30 lbs


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  • 12-15 Years

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Hip Dysplasia

What is it?

Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint and socket.

% Dogs affected:

Hip dysplasia is a very common health problem for larger breeds, and one study found that 2.6% of all dogs have the condition.

Clinical signs:

The primary signs and symptoms of  hip dysplasia in a dogs are: Decreased physical activity, reduced range of motion in the hips, wobbly gait


Total hip replacement, femoral head ostectomy

Health risks:

The risk of developing hip dysplasia increases in obese dogs. Hip dysplasia is more common in dogs who exercise too much or too little. Dogs with hip dysplasia are more prone to accidents and falls.

Average Vet Bill



90% = $1080

80% = $960

70% = $840

Degenerative Myelopathy

What is it?
Degenerative myelopathy is a condition that affects a dog’s spinal cord.

% Dogs affected:
Less than 1%.

Clinical signs:
The early signs of degenerative myelopathy include loss of coordination of the hind legs and weakness of the front legs.

There currently isn’t a treatment available for degenerative myelopathy. However, some vets recommend exercise therapy to slow the progression of the condition.

Health risks:

Degenerative myelopathy is much more common in older dogs. Diet and exercise play key roles in managing the condition.

Average Vet Bill



90% = $3600

80% = $3200

70% = $2800

Progressive Retinal Atrophy

What is it?
Progressive retinal atrophy is a condition that leads to blindness in affected dogs.

% Dogs affected:

Clinical signs:
Dogs typically have to get tested at the vet, which sometimes requires a general anesthetic.

There is currently no proven treatment for this degenerative condition.

Health risks:

If you’re concerned that your dog might develop progressive retinal atrophy, DNA testing is a preemptive option. It’s best not to breed dogs who pre-test for progressive retinal atrophy.

Average Vet Bill



90% = $1800

80% = $1600

70% = $1400


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Both the Pembroke Welsh corgi and the Cardigan Welsh corgi are loyal and loving to their owners.


They are good companions, especially if you like to take long walks or play catch. Cardigans are usually more reserved than their cousins and tend to be much warier of strangers. Pembrokes are more friendly.


They’re working dogs and have a lot of energy.


Both like to bark, whether at the mailman or a squirrel. This can make them great watchdogs.


The breeds are smart and easy to train, especially because they want their owner to be happy. 

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Both types of corgis have a double coat.


Sable, black and tan, red, fawn, blue merle, brindle, grey, red merle, sable merle.


No, corgis aren’t considered hypoallergenic dogs.


Weekly brushing, frequent fur care during shedding season, regular toothbrushing and ear cleaning.


Corgi's love to learn.

Lifetime Care Cost:

$20,000 (Reviews from dog breed-specific parents)

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Corgi: Dog Breed Information Guide 2022

Corgis are famous for their short legs and long bodies. They are perfect dogs for herding. Their short stature makes them well suited for nipping at the heels of cattle. They are agile enough to get out of the way of any well-aimed kicks. They’re known for being a particular favorite of Queen Elizabeth II after receiving this breed as a gift from her father, George VI.

Here at Spot Pet Insurance, we want pet parents to find pets that fit right into their homes.

Maybe you are thinking about adopting a corgi. There are many things you need to consider before bringing one of these little dogs into your home. For example, there are two separate breeds of corgi: the more famous Pembroke Welsh corgi and the Cardigan Welsh corgi.

Both of these corgi breeds have similar names and features, but they are distinctive physically and in personality. If a corgi is the dog for you, you’ll need to determine which type would find a happy home with you.

Corgi: An introduction to the breed

Both corgi breeds are short, mostly because of their tiny legs. Pembroke corgis are usually between 10 and 12 inches, while Cardigan Welsh corgis are between 10.5 and 12.5 inches tall. Both pups have double coats with an outer coat that’s rougher than the soft undercoat. Cardigans may have short or medium-length coats, and Pembrokes have medium-length coats.

One of the most unique features of the two corgis, and a way to differentiate them, is that the Cardigan is born with a long tail while the Pembroke has a naturally short tail. They are both long dogs, which is one of the corgis' most distinctive characteristics. Their body length combined with their height gives their legs the appearance of being stumpy. However, corgis are stocky and strong dogs, ready to handle any herd that comes their way.

What are the origins of the corgi?

The Cardigan Welsh corgi is a descendent of dogs that some speculate have lived in Wales for three millennia. The Cardigan Welsh corgi belongs to the same family as the dachshund. The Pembroke Welsh corgi was originally bred to herd cattle in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

What are the health risks for corgis?

Pembroke Welsh corgis usually live about 12 to 13 years, and Cardigans have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. They are not without health concerns, however.

 Corgis have such long bodies; they can have back problems, especially if they frequently hop down from couches or go up stairs. If you have a lot of steps in your home, try to arrange it so your corgi doesn’t have to use them.

Do corgis get along with children?

You might be a proud parent, aunt, uncle, or godparent, and you need to know if corgis make good family pets. After all, little ones have a tendency to poke and prod.

 Pembroke corgis are sweet dogs and great around kids. They do tend to nip at heels when playing or excited, but that’s just their desire to herd coming out.

 Cardigan corgis are also good with kids but are slightly less tolerant than their cousins. Both breeds must be properly socialized, so they know how to interact with children and adults.

 Playing with kids can be a great way for a corgi to release their excess energy, but, as with any dog, you ought to keep an eye on them. After all, small children sometimes have trouble understanding the meaning of the word “gentle.”

Do corgis get along with other dogs?

Perhaps you are already a pet parent, and you want to expand your family. Maybe you just live in a neighborhood with a lot of dogs. Would your corgi get along with them?

 Pembroke Welsh corgis, as the more friendly of the two breeds, are fairly good with dogs and even some other pets. They are more laid-back, so they tend to get along with everyone else better.

 On the other hand, Cardigan Welsh corgis are not as friendly and can be more aggressive towards other dogs. They can potentially get along with other animals. They might just need more time.

What about corgi tails?

The easiest way to tell the two popular breeds of corgis apart is by their tails. The Cardigan has a long tail, and according to breed standards, their tails are not cropped. The Pembroke has a naturally short, bobbed tail.

How to be the best parent for a corgi

If you’re looking for ways to keep your corgi as happy and healthy as possible, read on. Here’s everything you need to know about being the best parent for a corgi.

How much does a corgi puppy cost?

Corgi puppies typically cost between $700 and $2000. However, if you and your family are interested in adopting a corgi, adoption fees range between $200 and $700, and often cover the caring costs to ensure pet parents receive healthy, happy pups. For accurate costs of adoption, it is always better to contact a local corgi rescue or welfare organization to learn more about adoption, costs, and care of the corgi breed.

Basic training and behavior etiquette for your corgi

Corgis are little bundles of energy. They need to be in order to herd livestock, but this means you need to give them quite a bit of exercise.

  1. These herding dogs enjoy playing, especially fetch or catch.
  2. They’ll also enjoy joining you on long walks or a short jog.
  3. Because they have short legs, they can’t really keep up if you’re moving quickly, so taking them along for a bike or skateboard ride isn’t a good method of exercise for a corgi.
  4. Since corgis are working dogs, they do like having things to do. Training is a great way to keep them occupied unless you have some cattle that need herding.
  5. Obedience training is a must for any dog. It is the foundation for all future kinds of training. Socialization is also a necessary part of a corgi’s training, especially for the Cardigan.

What foods should a corgi never eat?

As is the case with any dog, make sure to avoid giving your corgi any of these foods:

  • Macadamia nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Onions or garlic
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Dairy
  • Too much salt
  • Raw yeast dough
  • Avocados

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