Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs Sheltie

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and Sheltie are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is easier to groom than the Sheltie.
  • Barking - The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has an average tendency to bark. The Sheltie will bark less frequently than most dogs.
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Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs Sheltie
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Breed NameCardigan Welsh CorgiSheltie
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-14 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height10-12 in.13-16 in.
Weight20-30 lb11-24 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUK (Wales)UK (Scotland)
Origin Year1200 AD1909 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹45°F to 85°F20°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageRarely
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed23 mph20 mph
StrengthMediumLow-Medium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumHigh-Very High
SheddingMediumHigh-Very High
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountNoneNone

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 CorgiSheltie
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageHigh
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingVery LowAverage
HerdingHighHigh
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameCardigan Welsh CorgiSheltie
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CancerNoYes
CataractsYesYes
Collie Eye AnomalyNoYes
CystinuriaYesNo
Degenerative MyelopathyYesNo
Drug SensitivityNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
EpilepsyYesYes
HaemophiliaNoYes
Heart ProblemsNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
Intervertebral Disk DiseaseYesNo
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Patent Ductus ArteriosisYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
Retinal DysplasiaYesNo
TrichiasisNoYes
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCardigan Welsh CorgiSheltie
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
ShaggyYesNo
SilkyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesYes
Blue Merle & WhiteYesYes
Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Brindle Merle & WhiteYesNo
Gray & WhiteYesNo
Liver & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Red Merle & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesYes
Sable Merle & WhiteYesYes
White MerleYesNo
Black & TanNoYes
Black, White, & TanNoYes
Blue Merle, White, & TanNoYes
WhiteNoYes