Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs Irish Terrier

Compare the Cardigan Welsh Corgi to the Irish Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Irish Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Irish Terrier is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
  • Children - Both the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and Irish Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is easier to groom than the Irish Terrier.
  • Barking - The Irish Terrier bark/howls frequently. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has an average level of barking.
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Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs Irish Terrier
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Breed NameCardigan Welsh CorgiIrish Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoMaybe
Lifespan12-14 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height10-12 in.16-18 in.
Weight20-30 lb21-27 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryUK (Wales)Ireland
Origin Year1200 AD1875 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodPoor
Stranger FriendlyGoodGood
Personality
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesNo
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹45°F to 85°F40°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumHigh
Top Running Speed23 mph22 mph
StrengthMediumHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingMediumNone-Low
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountNoneNone-Low

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameCardigan Welsh CorgiIrish Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowHigh
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingHighBelow Average
HuntingVery LowHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameCardigan Welsh CorgiIrish Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
CystinuriaYesNo
Degenerative MyelopathyYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Intervertebral Disk DiseaseYesNo
Patent Ductus ArteriosisYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Retinal DysplasiaYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCardigan Welsh CorgiIrish Terrier
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
ShaggyYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
LongYesNo
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Blue Merle & WhiteYesNo
Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Brindle Merle & WhiteYesNo
Gray & WhiteYesNo
Liver & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Red Merle & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
Sable Merle & WhiteYesNo
White MerleYesNo
RedNoYes
Red WheatenNoYes
WheatenNoYes