The Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America

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September AKC Gazette Breed Column:

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While the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi appear similar, they are in fact two distinct breeds that developed separately centuries ago in geographically distinct areas of Wales. They are part of the cultural heritage of Wales and each breed deserves to be preserved and protected like any cultural treasure.



One of the many breed characteristics that distinguish Cardigans from Pembrokes is color. Cardigans come in more colors including blue merle and brindle which have never occurred in purebred Pembrokes. Since canine geneticists have proven that both of these traits are dominant, it is virtually impossible for either color to suddenly appear in a litter of Pembrokes. Blue merle or brindle Pembrokes are a result of crossbreeding which is not condoned by the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America or their members. These puppies are not purebred, are not eligible to be registered in the AKC Stud Book and cannot compete in AKC Conformation or Herding events.


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Visit our Breeders' Directory Here.  Scroll down and find a form for information we can share with our breeder-members.

CWCCA Members: check on the Member's Section for contacts.



Thanks to all who contributed to our ill-fated 2020 National Specialty. It is due to your generosity we were able to compensate for the losses incurred.

Please stay well and we will see you at Purina in May of 2021.



The CWCCA is pleased to announce the 2019 CWCCA Award Winners .  While we could not be together this year to celebrate these accomplishments in person, it does not diminish the great accomplishments that were achieved by the dogs and their owners.  Please join us in congratulating all who were Award Winners for 2019.

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From the Health Committee:

Please see the attached announcement regarding changes to the OFA Cardiac Certification Programs effective on Oct 1. The changes have been put in place by the ACVIM (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) in order to maximize the accuracy and utility of the cardiac exams and resulting certifications. In summary, going forward there will continue to be two clearance programs with slightly modified exam protocols:

  • a BASIC cardiac exam, auscultation only, with exams open to any licensed veterinarian
  • an ADVANCED cardiac exam, exams may only be done by veterinary cardiologists, exams require echocardiography

The changes shouldn't have any impact on existing criteria already in place.

The notification will be posted on the OFA website, and will be shared through social media channels.


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AKC PAC masks are here!

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Canine Whitehead Research: Genome-Wide Mapping of Variants Associated With Whitehead.

They need Cardigans who have Embark testing. Also note that dogs without "too much white" are also needed as controls. 

Q: f the dog has not been Embark tested as of this date, is it too late to have it tested for the purposes of this study?

A: It will take use months to organize all the dogs, so there is time. Many people are ordering a test now to be included in the research.

Q: If it is not too late, specifically which Embark test is applicable? I know, beyond any doubt, that this is a purebred Cardigan Welsh Corgi, so I have no personal interest in a DNA test to determine ancestry. Personally, only the health-related aspects would be of value to me. But I am not sure if those are the results you’re interested in for purposes of this research?

A: Either the Breed ID kit or the Breeder kit with health testing works for this research. Each test results in the same raw data they provide for each dog they test.

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Updates from CWCCA membership.......

At any time members can view our new applicants and review their applications and sponsor forms.  On the member home page, new applicants are listed on the right side, simply click on the name to view.

Applications and sponsor forms have been updated.  Please use the online sponsor form if possible, and encourage your new applicants to apply online as well.  Please discard old paper forms.  You can still print out the new revised forms, though online submission is preferred.

Online sponsor forms can be found here:

Online applications can be found here:




Are you looking for a 2021 Cardigan Calendar?

Those are available from the Chesapeake Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club. Click on the Cardi at the wheel to visit their website and order.



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The CWCCA is the parent club for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi breed and is a member of the American Kennel Club.


The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is one of the oldest known breeds. They are believed to have been in existence in Wales for over 3,000 years, and were first imported to the United States in 1932. Cardigans make a delightful companion as well as a working farm, show, or performance dog. We hope that you enjoy this site as you learn about our breed.

2020 National Specialty

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2021 National Specialty

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