Cardigan Welsh Corgi - Breed and Grooming Tips

Long, low-set dogs with sturdy bone, short legs, and a deep chest, Cardigan Welsh Corgis are powerful little workers of deceptive speed and grace. They can weigh anywhere from 25 to 34 pounds, with females at the lower end of the range. They come in several coat colors, from red to the popular blue-merle pattern. The quickest way to distinguish Cardigans from their cousins, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, is to check out the hindquarters: Cardigans have tails; Pembrokes’ do not.



Source: American Kennel Club www.akc.org


Grooming

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a thick double coat with two distinct shedding cycles; spring and fall. We recommend Simple Shed Shampoo, which has oat proteins to help loosen the undercoat. Follow that up with Simple Shed Treatment. After the Simple Shed Treatment is worked into the fur, use an undercoat rake and brush through the coat while the Simple Shed Treatment is still present. This will pull out the undercoat and help prevent drain clogs when bathing in a tub. If you are bathing your dog outside, it will release the coat and dramatically cut down on brush out time.



If you notice that the undercoat is matted on the hind end of the dog, then work in some Aloe Silk Hair Restore or spray with Quick Finish Styling Spray. This routine will help prevent hot spots and skin irritations. If you do notice hot spots on the skin, use Hot Spot Foam for relief and healing. Between shedding cycles we recommend Bright White Shampoo, followed up with Luxury Remoisturizer Conditioner to keep the coat conditioned and colors looking true.



Ears: For monthly ear cleaning, use Espree Ear Care. If weekly care is needed for an existing chronic ear condition, use Espree Ear Care Aloe Wipes. This routine will help keep any ear problems at bay. Remember, never clean further than you can see inside the ear.



Eyes: Optisoothe Eye Wash can be used to help flush foreign matter, such as leftover shampoo, as well as help rinse common eye allergens while soothing any irritation. Remember, always check the eyes every time your pet comes in from running outside or romping in the field.



Paws: Paw Balm should be applied regularly to keep the paws soft and pliable, which will help keep them from cracking.



Tools: During shedding season, an undercoat rake is the tool of choice to help remove unwanted dead hair and help prevent hot spots. A brush and a comb should be used between shedding cycles to keep the coat in good shape. A coat king will help pull up dead coat, as well as thin the hair for the hot summer months.



Common Problems



Coat and Skin: Hot spots are a common problem for this breed, especially during the summer. To prevent hot spots, you must remove the dead undercoat so the air can get down to the skin. If moisture is trapped in the coat, hot spots are possible. Hot Spot Foam is a very effective treatment for this condition.



Fleas and ticks are also a common issue for these athletic and active dogs. Our Flea and Tick Shampoo is fantastic and loved by groomers, while the Flea and Tick Pet Spray keeps them away for up to twelve days. There is also the Flea and Tick Repellent Wipes for convenience between baths or before outdoor activities.



Skin abrasions and bug bites can occur while your dog is running and exploring outside. Keep 3 in 1 Healing Cream and Bug Bite Relief on hand for when those accidents happen.


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