Friday, April 29, 2011


Very, very early this morning, according to Kansas City time, there was this thing called a Royal Wedding.  And what happens at a Royal Wedding is that a Prince marries a beautiful woman, and she becomes a Princess, and they live happily ever after.  And someday they might even end up being the King and Queen.

A lot of people got up in the middle of the night to watch the Royal Wedding, but we didn't.  We just kept on sleeping.  If there had been any dogs in the wedding, it might have been worth watching, but there weren't, so it wasn't.  Or at least that's what I think!

We don't know if the Royal Newlyweds have any dogs, or what kind of dogs they even like.  Prince William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, likes Pembroke Welsh Corgis, as I told you in a blog entry before.  But there is a second kind of corgi, and it is called the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.  Personally, I think the Cardigan is cuter than the Pembroke corgi, but that is just my opinion.  Anyway, because of the Royal Wedding, it seemed like I should talk about a British type of dog, so the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the breed I chose.

Corgis have probably been around for 3,000 years or more, which makes them one of the oldest of all herding breeds.  They started out in Wales, and they probably came from the Teckel family of dogs, which is where the dachshund also came from.  The words cor gi mean "dwarf dog" in Welsh, and in the old days, corgis used to be called "yard-long dogs."

At first, corgis were just used to guard the flocks and herds, but later on, people started teaching corgis to also do actual herding.  The reason the dogs were bred to be so short is so that if a cow tried to kick them, the kick would miss the dogs instead of knocking their heads off.

Cardigan Corgis and Pembroke Corgis are close relatives, but their genes show that they are two separate breeds.  Researchers think that the Pembroke was crossed with Norwegian dog breeds during the Viking invasion of England and Wales.

The easiest way to tell the difference between the two breeds is to look at their tails.  The Cardigan has a long, bushy one, and the Pembroke has no tail at all, or only a very short one.  Also the Cardigan Corgi is somewhat more reserved with strangers than the Pembroke is.

The coat of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is double, with a straight, waterproof outer layer, and a softer inner coat that makes nice insulation for the dog.  The coat is thicker around the neck and rear legs.  Accepted colors are red, brindle, black-and-tan, black, and blue merle.  There are usually white markings on the head, neck, chest, legs, muzzle, belly, and tail tip.  A totally white corgi is not acceptable by AKC standards.

Corgis are very loyal family dogs, and they make good watch dogs.  They tend to be most affectionate with the people they know, and they are more wary of strangers.  They have lots of energy, so they need plenty of exercise.  Corgis are smart and easily trained, and they like children.  They do well competing in events such as agility, obedience, flyball, tracking, and herding trials.

The average Cardigan is between 10.5 and 13 inches tall.  Males weigh 30-38 pounds, and females weigh 25-34 pounds.  They usually live for 12 to 14 years.

Okay, well, that's all I'm going to tell you about the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.  If you're one of those people who got up early to watch the Royal Wedding, I suggest that you go back to bed now and take a nice, long nap!


  1. Good morning! I agree with you Piper, I, too, prefer the Cardigan over the Pembroke. Since I did not sleep well last night, and woke up around 2:10am - I did watch the royal wedding. I kept waiting for the Queen's Corgis to make a trip down th aisle. I guess they were left at the castle; how rude! I appreciate the blog as I did not know about the two breeds of the Corgi! As a side note, yesterday during my orientation at the Humane Society, I got to meet and pet a "Leonberger." Now that's a large dog; and I think you wrote/blogged about this breed some time ago. I was very impressed with this dog, although not as impressed as I am with Basenjis. I forget the trainer's name, maybe Phil? I'm sure your mom knows him.'s after 8:00am, and I think I'm more than ready for a nap.
    Love, AP

  2. I have never got to meet a leonberger in person, and neither has Mom. It's amazing that you met one at the shelter. My post on leonbergers is the all-time most popular one that people read. The nice man who takes care of the dogs at the shelter is named Pete, not Phil, but you were close!
    Love, Piper

  3. Dear Piper-

    Another timely blog on your part. Mom and Digital the brindlewonderkid got up to watch the wedding, but I decided somebody had to stay in bed with dad. Mom set the alarm clock for 4am, but Diggie wanted to see a little more of the wedding, so he got mom up about 15 minutes before the wedding. This was nice because it prevent the bothersome alarm clock from going off. Mom said I didn't want to watch the wedding because sometimes princesses have difficulties with other princesses. I don't know what she means by that.

    --Zest, superstar in training

    PS mom says she'll catch up on sleep later as it is too late for a nap right now.



  5. Dear Zest,
    You were smart to stay in bed this morning and keep your dad company. I still can't believe there weren't any dogs in the wedding, like maybe as ring bearers or something. Anyway, I like the photos of the royal family and their animals. I think William and Kate will have to get some dogs, just because it is a royal tradition. Maybe they will even get a basenji!
    Your friend, Piper

  6. AWW those puppies look so adorable! I wish I could own one! They look like that they were posing for the camera I think they knew their picture was going to be taken!
    You may have noticed that I am not signed in- it is because somebody found a way in to my email account- and when my email is recovered, I am going to write a whole blog about hacking, passwords and anything computer related because people should know how to protect themselves!

  7. also I do agree with your oppinion because I see lots of corgis outside and I wish I could own one- but now I found out about this type and wish I could have Cardigans more than any kind of corgi and this craving is much stronger!

  8. Dear Tas,
    One reason that Cardigans are so cute is because of their BIG ears. At least that's my opinion. The puppies look especially cute with big ears!

    I'm sorry that some nasty hacker got into your account. That was not very nice of them! So far, Mom and I have been lucky, but we are probably not as careful as we should be.

    Love, Piper