English pattern (cardigan varieties) entered in the FCI register under the number 38a
South Wales miniature shepherd dogs are also included in the group of sheepdogs. This breed comes in two regional varieties: pembroke i cardigan welsh corgi. Both of these varieties are very old, remarkably short-legged, with a head and build resembling a fox, however their bones are stronger, and more stocky build. Cardigan has a tail shaped like a fox mite. The pembroke variety differs in this, that puppies are often born with a vestigial tail. Normal puppies' tails are clipped very shortly in the first week of life.
Welsh corgi are herding dogs that help herds herds of cattle, and even herds of horses. Recently, thanks to their skill and low requirements, they are becoming more and more house dogs and they fulfill this role perfectly, for they are watchful keepers. It is one word "savings sheepdog". Recently, these dogs have gained popularity, for Queen Elizabeth II keeps them at her palace and in royal parks.
General impression. A dog with a fox-like expression, remarkably bright. Length from tip of nose to tip of tail approx 92 cm.
Head. Quite wide in the cerebral part, flat between the ears, narrowing towards the eyes, over which a gentle arch is desired. Snout tapering towards the end, approx 7,5 cm (in relation to the brain part of the head as 3 : 5). The tip of the nose is black (except for the blue-marbled dogs), gently protruding, never dull, moderately sized nostrils. The lower jaw is clearly cut and strong, but not sticking out. Medium-sized eyes, with a sharp and alert expression. Rather wide apart, with clear corners. Dark color desirable, but clear; silvery acceptable in blue-marbled dogs. Rather large ears (compared to the size of the dog) and sticking out, moderately broad at the base, standing. Set quite far behind the head, so that they can lie flat on the nape of the neck. Teeth strong, equal and healthy.
Neck. Muscular, well developed and in proportion to the body.
Torso. Quite long and strong. Deep chest, moderately wide, with protruding sternum and well sprung ribs. Clearly demarcated from the lumbar region.
Front limbs. Shoulders positioned obliquely, strong, muscular. The limbs are short, strong.
Hindquarters. Udo muskularne. The legs are short and strong. Round paws, with well-developed pads, rather large. Dewclaws are not allowed (should be removed).
Tail. Moderately long and set on a level with the backline (not curled over the back), similar to a fox putty.
Ointment. Any ointment is allowed, except pure white.
Body dimensions. Height at the withers approx 30 cm. Dog weight 10—12.5 kg, suki 9—11 kg.
Disadvantages. Undershot or overshot. Tall occipital tumor. Cheeks protruding. The forehead is low, flat. Eyes expressionless. Curved forearm. Loose foot. Tail curled over the back. Silky coat.
Pembroke cultivar entered into reg. FCI under the number 39a, it differs mainly in the short, rudimentary tail. The desired ointment is uniformly red and tan with white patches on the legs, breast and neck. The minimum amount of white on the head and face is allowed.