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Cardigan Welsh Corgi

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Cardigan Welsh Corgi Characteristics

While not as popular as the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is still a herding dog turned loving family companion.  These dogs are a hit everywhere they go, and early socialization and obedience training will ensure your Corgi makes new friends every day. Their intelligent personalities and desire to please make them very trainable, even for novice dog parents. 

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  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Medium
  • Trainability Determined

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is believed to have existed in Wales over 3,000 years ago and is much older than the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. HIstorically, these Corgis were bred as cattle herders, but nowadays they love relaxing and playing with their families and are active, fun-loving playmates for children and other pets.
 
Standing slightly taller than their Pembroke counterpart, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi stands around 10-12 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 22-31 pounds. Apart from being a little bit larger, the Cardigan can be easily identified by its long flowing tail and different shaped ears. Both breeds of Corgi are notorious shedders, so frequent brushing and grooming will be necessary to keep stray hair to a minimum around the house. The Cardigan comes in merle, red, blue, and other colored coats.
 
After seeing a Corgi, people are often surprised to learn of their herding heritage. As a result, these dogs have an abundance of energy and a strong desire for purpose. Providing your corgi with ample daily exercise will be crucial to prevent bad behavior within the house. These dogs also enjoy training for agility or obedience games, which helps provide mental stimulation as well as physical exercise. 
 
Finally, the Corgi tends to overeat if left unsupervised, so meal planning and exercise are the necessary one-two punch for keeping your Corgi at a healthy weight.
 

How dog-friendly is South Dakota?

South Dakota is a great state for traveling with your dog and has strong animal welfare laws. Though it has some room to grow, South Dakota ranks pretty well for dog-friendliness.


We evaluated two major studies to understand how each state accommodates pets. Both studies surveyed all 50 states and ranked them for pet-friendly factors like access to pet care and services, animal cruelty laws, dog parks, outdoor spaces, and more. 


The first was conducted by an animal welfare group called Pawsafe. Pawsafe ranked South Dakota as the 23rd most pet-friendly state. In this study, the state scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


The second study comes from a safety review site called Safewise. They had a harsher view of South Dakota and ranked the state as 38th most pet-friendly in the country. 


But if we put these two studies together, South Dakota ranks pretty well in the middle of the pack. 

A few more facts for dog-lovers in South Dakota

BringFido lists South Dakota as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 500 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Reptile Gardens and Custer State Park as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.


Thirty-two percent of South Dakota residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40% but still shows that the state loves dogs. 


What kinds of dogs do South Dakotans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in South Dakota are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in South Dakota

South Dakota saved 10,836 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 1,824 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Six out of 23 of the animal shelters within South Dakota are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is low, and the state has a below-average save rate of 77%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Improving this percentage will go a long way to ranking South Dakota higher compared to other states.

 

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