FCI-Standard N° 38
WELSH CORGI CARDIGAN
ORIGIN: Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
UTILIZATION: Herding & companion.
FCI CLASSIFICATION: Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle
Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs).
Section 1 Sheepdogs.
Without working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Sturdy, tough, mobile, capable of
endurance. Long in proportion to height, terminating in fox-like brush,
set in line with body.
IMPORTANT PROPORTION: Length of foreface in proportion to
head 3 to 5.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Alert, active and intelligent.
Steady, not shy nor aggressive.
HEAD: Foxy in shape and appearance.
Skull: Wide and flat between ears; tapering towards eyes above
which it is slightly domed.
Nose: Black, projects slightly and in no sense blunt.
Muzzle: Tapering moderately towards nose.
Jaws / Teeth: Teeth strong with scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely
overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Underjaw
clean cut. Strong but without prominence.
Eyes: Medium size, clear, giving kindly, alert but watchful
expression. Rather widely set with corners clearly defined.
Preferably dark, or to blend with coat, rims dark. One or both eyes
pale blue, blue or blue flecked permissible only in blue merles.
Ears: Erect, proportionately rather large to size of dog. Tips slightly
rounded, moderately wide at base and set about 8 cm (3.5 ins.) apart.
Carried so that tips are slightly wide of straight line drawn from tip
of nose through centre of eyes, and set well back so that they can be
laid flat along neck.
NECK: Muscular, well developed, in proportion to dog’s build,
fitting into well sloping shoulders.
BODY: Fairly long and strong.
Loin: Waist clearly defined.
Chest: Moderately broad with prominent breast bone. Brisket deep.
Well sprung ribs.
TAIL: Like a fox’s brush set in line with the body and moderately
long (to touch or nearly touch ground). Carried low when standing
but may be lifted a little above body when moving, not curled over
LIMBS: Strong bone. Legs short but body well clear of the ground.
Shoulder: Well laid, angulated at approximately 90 degrees to upper
Elbow: Close to sides.
Forearm: Slightly bowed to mould round the chest.
Forefeet: Round, tight, rather large and well padded. Turned slightly
General appearance: Strong, well angulated and aligned with
muscular thighs and lower thighs; strong bone carried down to feet.
Metatarsus (Rear pasterns): Vertical when standing, viewed from
side and rear.
Hind feet: Round, tight, rather large and well padded.
GAIT/ MOVEMENT: Free and active, elbows fitting close to sides,
neither loose nor tied. Forelegs reaching well forward without too
much lift, in unison with thrusting action of hindlegs.
Hair: Short or medium, of hard texture. Weather-proof, with good
undercoat. Preferably straight.
Colour: Accepted colours are blue merle, brindle, red, sable,
tricolour with bridle points and tri colour with red points.
All of the above with or without typical white markings on head,
neck chest, underparts, legs and feet, white tail tip. White should
nod predominate on body or head where it should never
surround the eyes. Nose and eye rims must be black. Liver and
dilute colours highly undesirable.
SIZE AND WEIGHT:
Ideal height at withers: 30 cm.
Weight: In proportion to size with overall balance the prime
FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be
regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect
upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform
its traditional work.
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural
abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• Male animals must have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed
typical conformation, should be used for breeding.
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