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.


  • Advances in Lymphoma Research

  • AKCCHF Study Report regarding Canine Lymphoma

  • Online cancer resource

Click to link to articles


Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

  • CWCCA Degnerative Myelopathy Study

  • Mizzou Study for Treatment of DM 

Click to link to articles


Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)


  • Canine Intervertebral Disc Disease – IVDD

  • The Cheree Kirkbride Memorial Grant for IVDD Research

Click to link to articles


Occular Disorders (Eyes)

Link Ocular Disorders Presumed to be Inherited in Purebred Dogs (7th Edition, 2015)


Progressive Retinal Atrophy   About PRA PRA Status Results


OFA Reports


Link 2013 OFA Registry Summary by Report Year


Link CWCCA Health Priorities Survey online at OFA

AKC Gazette Columns

Link  Cardigan Breed Columns dealing with Health Issues

Outside 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.

Link to Survey

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.

Link to Survey

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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.

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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.