What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween the Pem­broke Welsh Corgi and the Cardi­gan Welsh Corgi?

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The two Cor­gis are sim­i­lar in ap­pear­ance to a ca­sual ob­server, but do have dis­tinct char­ac­ter­is­tics. The quick­est way to dis­tin­guish Pem­broke Welsh Cor­gis from their cousins, Cardi­gans, is to check out the hindquar­ters: Cardi­gans have tails; Pem­brokes do not. The Cardi­gan Welsh Corgi is likely the older of the two breeds, but whether the Cardi­gan is an an­ces­tor of the Pem­broke, or whether the breeds evolved sep­a­rately from very dif­fer­ent ca­nine an­ces­try is de­bat­able. What­ever the case, the Pem­broke is shorter and trim­mer. He pos­sesses a shorter body and straighter, lighter-boned legs than his north­ern cousin, and has up­right ears pointed at the tip and a sharp muz­zle con­tribut­ing to a “fox­like” face. The Cardi­gan is stur­dier in body and head, with larger, more rounded ears sit­ting lower on the head. The Cardi­gan also sports a long, bushy tail. The two Cor­gis share a her­itage of farm du­ties, but the Pem­broke is said to be live­lier and busier.

The Pem­broke Welsh Corgi The Cardi­gan Welsh Corgi

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