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Question by Kimberly
Submitted on 8/17/2003
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I am researching information on Cardigan Welsh Corgis and cannot find any information regarding their Health.  Do they have any health problems like the Pembroke Welsh Corgis?  Are they prone to cataracts, Hip Displaysia, Epilepsy?

Answer by Beth
Submitted on 9/20/2003
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The only health related issue that this breed is prone to is hip displasia.  That is easily controlled if you keep their weight down to the standard.  Otherwise, they are wonderfully healthy and happy dogs!


Answer by Debbie
Submitted on 10/11/2003
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I owned two cardigans for 14 years and they were both extremely healthy.  I have a degree in animal science and have had a lot of experience with different breeds of dogs and believe that these are the most wonderful pets of all the breeds.  They are awesome with kids.  I can honestly say that my male corgi would have died before he would have hurt a child.  The only problem we ever had was when our cat had kittens and my male corgi would carry them to his bed and clean them.  They would look like drowned rats but he never hurt one of them.  They are a special breed.  Hope this helps.  


Answer by Cedar
Submitted on 11/8/2003
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I have a Cardigan Corgi who is the best dog I've ever had - but he is blind, from PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). There is a DNA test; the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club at www.cardigancorgis.com has a section about it that is useful.
It's sad when a healthy 4-year-old dog can't chase his friends around the fields anymore.
I believe this qualifies as a health-related issue with the breed, but your breeder may have had both parents tested as free from PRA, in which case you will be safe.


Answer by Blue Sky Country
Submitted on 2/10/2004
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Here's a question. I have a six month old male cardi who is showing signs of social nervousness and aggression on his leash. Off his leash he is an angel - gentle and obedient in the extreme. He's been socialized properly and has been in puppy classes and obediance since he was 12 weeks old. He plays in parks, on our home, with adults, children, his trainers, his vet - all well. We got him at 10 weeks from a reputable breeder that we trust never abused him. But when he's on his leash he's a whole different animal. He snarls, he acts nervous and jumpy, and recently he has started biting at people. At his trainer's advice we have gotten him a halti and are getting him used to that. Has anyone else had a corgi who was so different on leash? Any advice?


Answer by mm
Submitted on 7/8/2004
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Any corgi is prone to back or hip related problems. This is a major problem because of there hight. Avoid by taking them for lots of walks and being careful about what you feed them. BE WARNED.


Answer by Murph
Submitted on 9/9/2004
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I had a Cardigan, who, unfortunately, had epilepsy.  She had grand mal seizures repeatedly, and despite several medications, the veterinary neurologist who was treating her could not get the seizures under control.  After spending a great deal of money and time, I had to have her euthanized, which broke my heart.  Cardigans can have epilepsy, so you should check to make sure there is no history in the parental lines.  I now have a very healthy female Cardigan--I love the breed, despite what I went through.


Answer by Dee
Submitted on 1/4/2005
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My first cardigan had epilepsy, and had severe, uncontrollable seizures.  You should make sure there is no history in the breed lines and go through a reputable breeder.  Other than that, the only other problem I know can be frequent in the breed is Progressive Retinal Atrophy, which there is a test for.  


Answer by Bubu
Submitted on 5/8/2005
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My mother and I have raised Corgis for a long time,and we never had any trouble.But they are the best breed if you have kids.Actually I had a Corgi named Katy and she was the best!! My mom keeps on saying when I was vary little I would climb allover Katy and she would just stand there and take it.


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