Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America

Cardigan Health

While the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is in general a very healthy breed, there a several diseases that can be of concern, and all of which in fact, can affect many other purebred and crossbred dogs. These include hip dysplasia, a malformation of the hip joints that causes arthritis and pain, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), a disease that causes blindness and for which there is a genetic test and degenerative myelopathy (DM), a disease that causes progressive paralysis and seems to only affect very old Cardigans. Its cause appears to be multigenetic and the currently available genetic test identifies dogs that may be at risk of developing the disease.

This information resource cannot and is not intended to replace a consultation and examination with your veterinarian.

Owners faced with any health issue in their pet are encouraged to see their veterinarian.

We hope information posted here will supplement your understanding of the various conditions that affect our wonderful breed.


Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)

Occular Disorders (Eyes)

OFA Reports

AKC Gazette Columns

Health Surveys

The assistance of the Cardigan community has been requested for a research study to investigate the incidence of orofacial clefts (cleft lip, cleft palate, or both) at birth in various breeds of dogs. This study is being performed by professor Santiago Peralta, DVM, DAVDC, and other colleagues in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

This is an anonymous survey of breeders to determine how many live births of dogs with cleft lip or palate occurred in their breeding programs over a 12-month period. We encourage you to participate.

Calling all dogs: take this survey. Research project on canine diabetesat the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School by Dr. Stephen Cai and Dr. Rebecka Hess. Many thousands of dog owners are needed to complete this short five minute online survey.