We all know that the Corgi is an iconic dog. And a lot of that is thanks to Queen Elizabeth II and her love for this particular dog breed.
But did you know that there are two Corgi varieties? Not only is there the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, which is actually the most common of this breed, but there’s also the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
So what exactly is the difference between these two dogs? While both of these breeds are part of the Herding Group and they have a lot of similar characteristics, there are a few things that are different when comparing the Cardigan Welsh Corgi to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
What’s the difference between the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi?
According to the American Kennel Club, both breeds are smart and affectionate, while the Cardigan is known for being loyal, while the Pembroke is known for its alertness. In terms of popularity, it makes sense that the Pembroke ranks 11th versus the Cardigan’s ranking of 62nd most popular breed, since Cardigan Welsh Corgis are harder to find in general.
Size-wise, both breeds are considered small, but the Cardigan is slightly bigger. The Cardigan comes in at 10.5 to 12.5 inches and weighing in between 30 to 38 pounds for males and 25 to 34 pounds for females. In terms of the Pembroke, you are looking at 10 to 12 inches height and weights of up to 30 pounds for the males of the breed and up to 28 pounds for the females.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a life expectancy of between 12 and 13 years, while the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is said to live 12 to 15 years on average.
In terms of their coats, the Cardigan has a medium length coat, whereas the Pembroke has a short coat. Both pups need weekly brushing, but surprisingly it is the Pembroke that sheds more than the Cardigan, as the Pembroke sheds regularly, while the Cardigan is more of a seasonal shedder.
Finally, there is the barking. While a Cardigan is a five out of five for being vocal, the Pembroke is a four out of five which means that they like to be vocal, but it is not a constant barking.
Basically, these pups are very much alike, right down to being energetic and good with children (supervision is definitely suggested). However, there are some subtle differences that definitely align with the fact that these pups are not quite the same.
No matter which breed of Corgi you choose, you know you are getting a great pup, who will love you and bring you plenty of personality.
Are you surprised that there are differences between these two breeds?