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Cairn Corgi (Cairn Terrier & Welsh Corgi Mix): Info, Pictures, and Traits

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By Nicole Cosgrove

Cairn Corgi (Cairn Terrier & Welsh Corgi Mix)

Height: 10 – 11 inches
Weight: 15 – 25 pounds
Lifespan: 11 – 15 years
Colors: Gray, Light brown, Red, Black & tan
Suitable for: Families in an apartment
Temperament: Very social, affectionate, intelligent, great with kids

The Cairn Terrier and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi or the Cardigan Welsh Corgi breeds combined give us the adorable Cairn Corgi. The Cairn Corgi can have either Welsh Corgi breed as a parent but bear in mind that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the more popular breed (it’s the 13th most popular dog in North America compared to the Cardigan, which is the 68th). The Cairn Corgi has the cheerful and energetic nature of the Cairn Terrier and the smart and affectionate personality of the Welsh Corgi.

Both of the Cairn Corgi’s parents are smaller dogs, which gives it a tiny and slightly long body with short to medium-long wiry fur. They have a variety of colors, ranging from red, black, gray, tan, and any combination of these colors.

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Cairn Corgi Puppies


Thanks to the heritage of the Cairn Terrier, the Cairn Corgi is a high-energy dog. Their intelligence makes them easy to train, and they are, overall, generally healthy dogs. The Cairn Corgi is an amiable and social dog with most people but might be a little wary of other dogs. Early socialization and training are essential for Cairn Corgis to get along with other pets and maintain a calm attitude around other people.

Their loving and affectionate temperament helps them create strong bonds with their families, especially with children. They are great family dogs that are easily trainable.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Cairn Corgi

1. The Cairn Corgi can be exercised inside the home.

They are relatively high energy dogs, but because of their small size, they can get their daily exercise running around and playing inside your house.

2. The Cairn Corgi will have very different ears, depending on the parent.

They might inherit the Cairn Terrier’s floppy ears or the large, upright foxy ears of the Welsh Corgi, all depending on which parent the Cairn Corgi takes after more.

3. The Cairn Corgi doesn’t bark often.

They might bark for treats or because they need your attention, but otherwise, they are very quiet dogs.

Parent Breeds of the Cairn Corgi
Image Credit: (L) Marina Plevako, Shutterstock | (R) Jumpstory

Temperament & Intelligence of the Cairn Corgi 🧠

In general, the Cairn Corgi is mellow yet energetic and are very intelligent dogs. They are very friendly and enjoy being around people but can also be a little mischievous at times. They are calm, affectionate, and eager to please.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

The Cairn Terrier makes an excellent family pet. They are lovely dogs for people of all ages, and they really enjoy spending time with children. The Cairn Corgi is happiest when with its family as they are fantastic companion dogs that don’t do very well when left alone for long periods of time.

They also make excellent watchdogs as while they don’t bark very much, they will alert the household to anyone approaching the home. They do love playing with children, but all children need to be taught how to be gentle with dogs.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

When properly socialized as puppies, the Cairn Corgi gets along very well with other pets. They don’t have any inherent aggressive tendencies, and therefore, have no trouble with other dogs or animals.

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Things to Know When Owning a Cairn Corgi

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Being a small dog, the Cairn Corgi should follow the dietary requirements for small breeds. This means about 1½ to 2½ cups of food about 2 or 3 times per day. As with any dog, you should check with your vet if there are any concerns about your dog’s health or weight.

Exercise 🐕

The Cairn Corgi, as previously mentioned, is an energetic dog because of its parent’s breed traits. The Welsh Corgi is from the Herding Group, and the Cairn Terrier is from the Terrier Group and was bred to dig and root around for small, furry prey. Coming from two working dog parents, the Cairn Corgi inherits these traits, so keeping your dog busy will help it from becoming bored. As a small dog, it only needs to run around and won’t need a lot of space for this. Therefore, playing in an apartment will suffice in addition to the usual daily walks.

Training 🦮

The Cairn Corgi is eager to please and very intelligent, all of which makes training relatively easy. Its intelligence could also mean it might be a bit stubborn at times, which is something that you will need to work through; but otherwise, your dog will quickly pick up training.

You should always use positive reinforcement with lots of praise and love when training your dog or puppy. This will give you a well-adjusted and happy family dog.

Grooming ✂️

The Cairn Corgi will have either a short or a medium-length coat of fur that is easy to groom. Brushing your dog 2 to 3 times a week should be sufficient and only bathe your dog when it is absolutely necessary using a dog shampoo.

Depending on how long the coat of your Cairn Corgi is, you might need to trim the hair from your dog’s face, and regularly clean the ears. You need to brush your dog’s teeth and trim your dog’s nails regularly, as all of this is a necessary part of the general grooming habits for your dog.

Health Conditions ❤️

Minor Conditions
Serious Conditions
  • The Welsh Corgi can be susceptible to a slipped dischip dysplasiaepilepsy, and spinal cord disease
  • The Cairn Terrier might be prone to Krabbe disease, which can be fatal
  • The Cairn Corgi is much less likely to suffer from these conditions since they are a crossbreed, but your vet will run hip, spine, and DNA tests on your dog

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Male vs Female

Male and female dogs do tend to differ in size and weight. The Cairn Corgi might be 10 to 11 inches in height and 15 to 25 pounds in weight. The females might be slightly smaller and lighter in size than the males.

Then, of course, there’s the difference in the biological makeup of the dog. Females need to be spayed if they aren’t going to be used for breeding. Spaying your dog is a more challenging and, therefore, more expensive surgery than neutering the male dog. Spaying also requires longer recovery time. It is thought that most dogs are a little less excitable and aggressive after being spayed or neutered.

Some believe that there is a personality difference between males and females. Females are thought of as more affectionate and less aggressive than males, but there are debates on this subject.

However, regardless of whether there are personality differences between males and females, the main factor that will determine any dog’s overall temperament and personality will be how they were raised and trained as puppies.

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Final Thoughts

The Cairn Corgi is a combination of two amazing purebred dogs and brings their best qualities into one adorable and friendly pet. The Cairn Terrier is known for its cheerful, curious, and affectionate nature, and the Welsh Corgi is lively, smart, and devoted. Combine the two, and you end up with the best of both of these fantastic breeds.

One way to find one of these puppies is to seek out the breeders of the Cairn Terrier and either the Pembroke or Cardigan Welsh Corgi, who might help you to find this crossbreed. You can also contact rescue societies, attend dog shows, and talk to national and local dog clubs. Seeking help online and through social media could also help you spread the word. The more people you speak to, the easier it will be to find this small, sweet, and smart dog.

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