Corgis are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.
This cute little dog breed finds its origins in Wales, England where they evolved as herding dogs. With time, they’ve found their way to our hearts. These little furballs are friendly, outgoing, playful, bold, and protective.
The breed is divided into two sub-breeds, Cardigan WelshCorgis and Pembroke WelshCorgis.
In this blog post, we will go through all the exciting Corgi colors under the sun!
A Quick Look Into All The Corgi Colors!
Fun fact: Did you know that Corgis are one of the oldest dog breeds in the world?
They’ve been around the block since 1107. Of course, at that time, these dogs were smaller in size.
Meet the Pembroke Welsh Corgi!
All The Different Corgi Colors You Should Know About!
This breed finds its origins in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The spitz-type dog is one of the smallest cattle herding breeds in the world. This breed became popular in the United Kingdom, thanks to Queen Elizabeth II’s fondness for these furry creatures.
However, after being one of the most popular dogs in England, their number started to decline. That’s not a bad thing since they’re now the 15th most popular dog breed in the United States according to the American Kennel Club!
This breed is the youngest Corgi breeds.
Take a Look at the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Colors
Pure Pembroke Corgis comes in five different coat colors. If a Pembroke Corgi has a coat that isn’t on the list, he may be a mixed breed. Of course, that doesn’t matter unless you’re looking to enter your dog in a show.
The red coat doesn’t have any black hair or spots on it, but there may be white parts. The underbelly and paws are usually white in color while the nose is black.
2. Red-Headed Tricolor
The majority of the dog’s fur is black in color but the head has a gradual blend of red fur on it. You find red and white fur on other parts of the coat as well which are blended well.
In this case, too, the paws and underbelly have white fur while the nose is black in color.
3. Black-Headed Tricolor
The majority of this Corgi’s fur is black in color, including the head. The coat also has some red areas, but they aren’t blended well and look more like spots and patches.
The underbelly and paws are covered with mostly white fur and the nose is black in color.
The Corgi is mainly red in color but his head and neck have well-blended black areas with a stripy look. This dog’s underbelly is white in color while the nose is black.
The dog is mainly fawn in coloring—dark and light—but has a few white areas on the coat. There aren’t any black areas on the dog’s body. The underbelly is white along with the paws while the nose is black.
Corgis and Shedding: Here’s What You Need to Know
The Pembroke Welsh Corgis aren’t hypoallergenic and have a double coat, meaning that they shed. A lot. Corgis tend to shed as the weather changes which is during spring and autumn–you can expect to vacuum a lot during these times of the year.
Brushing your dog’s fur on a daily basis can help control the shedding. However, you’ll still find dog fur on your furniture and clothes!
Cardigan Welsh Corgis
Ranked at number 68 by the American Kennel Club, the Cardigan WelshCorgis aren’t as popular as their younger cousins. These dogs have a loyal, smart, and affectionate temperament and are graceful dogs.
These playful little dogs are extremely versatile as they can adapt to various settings.
The dogs may be small in size, but they’re quite powerful. They have a medium harsh overcoat and a thick undercoat that keeps them warm. They have a fox brushtail and upright ears.
While the base color may be red, back, or yellow, Brindle and White Corgis have a Brindle stripe pattern or markings on their fur. The underbelly fur is white and the nose is black.
2. Brindle Merle and White
These dogs are also called ginger merles and have random gray patches all over their fur. Some dogs may also have a chestnut hue to the coat but are mostly white with large merle areas.
The underbelly is white while the nose is black.
3. Red and White
These dogs have little to no black markings on their fur and are primarily red with patches on white. Their underbellies are covered with white fur while the nose is black.
4. Red Merle and White
With the hidden merle, these dogs have a bit of merle in their red fur which expresses itself on black or liver color. Corgis that are Homozygous red do not have any merle on their coats which means that the dog got a merle gene from one of its parents.
These dogs have white fur on their underbelly and paws while the nose is black in color.
5. Sable and White
These Corgis are mainly sable and white in color but, depending on their genetic makeup, may have red or black markings. Black tipping may appear as Widow’s Peak on the head. You may also be able to notice some black on the tail and saddle.
The underbelly is white along with the paws while the nose is black in color
6. Sable Merle and White
Also known as the Cinnamon merle Corgis, these dogs have fur that is primarily white and sable in color but may also have merle, red or other darker markings in certain areas.
The underbelly and paws are white while the nose of these dogs is black.
7. Black and White
Corgis are not completely black and white in color–they may also have some brindle or white in their coloring. A true black and white corgi doesn’t exist. You’ll find different color markings, stripes, etc. on the fur.
The underbelly is white as are the paws while the nose remains black
8. Blue Merle and White
The term Merling means that the pigment that would have been pure liver or black in color is diluted. It expresses itself as uneven patches or markings on the coat, looking like a tie and dye t-shirt. These dogs are primarily black and white with grey or blue areas on their coat.
The paws and underbellies are white while the nose is black.
WelshCorgis and Shedding: Here’s What to Expect
The WelshCorgi sheds more often than not throughout the year but undergoes heavy seasonal shedding. You should brush your dog twice a week to reduce the shedding and bathe him once every 6 weeks for the best results.
A Quick Look at Corgi Markings
Corgi colors also depend on the kind of markings they have on their coat. In this section of the blog post, we’ll go through the different types of markings.
Markings generally refer to the areas on a dog’s coat that have different pigments that are the base color. Every breed has different types of markings.
Different Types of Markings in Dogs
Let’s take a quick look at some of the common markings: Black Mask:
As the name suggests, the dog has a black marking on his face which looks like a mask. The fur on the muzzle or entire face is black in color
These appear as fancy brindle stripes over a brown coat and has an excellent effect
You can find tan markings on several areas of the dog’s body including the muzzle, legs, tail, chest, and eyes
You can find the pattern of small spots that look like “holes” on the dog’s fur. You can find them on the white parts of your dog’s coat
Also known as white spotting, your dog’s coat will have different patterns of white—this includes residual white trim, Irish spotting, the spread of white, Pseudo Irish markings, Piebald pattern, extreme white pattern, split faces and whiteheads, etc.
– Black mask – The black mask and ticked – Brindle points – Brindle points and ticked – Tan points – Tan points and ticked – Ticked
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi and its Markings
Pembroke Welsh Corgis, according to the American Kennel Club, only have white markings on their bodies. This is one of the differences in appearance between the two Corgi breeds.
Beyond Corgi Colors: Let’s Take a Look Into Maintaining That Fur
A soft and shiny coat is one of the biggest signs of a dog’s good health.
Diseases and deficiencies have a great impact on your dog’s fur. If it appears to be dull and lifeless, it is time for you to take your dog to the vet to figure out what’s wrong. In most cases, this is the result of nutritional deficiencies in the dog’s diet.
Let’s find out how you can let the corgi colors pop out by maintaining the dog’s fur.
A Balanced Diet
A good diet is key to maintaining your dog’s luscious coat. Corgis need a diet that’s rich in protein and good fats. If your dog’s coat isn’t as shiny as it used to be, there’s a problem in the kibble you’re giving him.
Did you know that commercial dog food companies are allowed to use meat from dead, diseased, decaying, and disabled animals?
You should go for food brands that use human-grade meat to ensure that your dog is getting the best. In addition to that, some food companies use cheap filler ingredients like rice and corn that don’t provide much nutritional value.
Go for dog foods that use quality ingredients including fruits and vegetables for micronutrients. These include blueberries, bell peppers, calcium chewing bones, etc.
Fish oil is an excellent supplement to your dog’s diet and helps keep his coat fluffy and shiny. You can also add other supplements to your dog’s meals to make sure all his nutritional needs are met and that he doesn’t develop any deficiencies.
In addition to brushing your corgi’s coat several times a week, you should also wash your furry friend as needed—at least once every six weeks–using a good shampoo and conditioner. Some corgis need professional grooming and haircuts to look their best.
All About Corgi Colors
Did we answer all of your questions?
Corgis were divided into two breeds in the 20th century. They are:
1. Pembroke Welsh Corgi: Their tails are docked close to their bodies and are more rectangular or linear in appearance. They come in eight different colours
2. Cardigan Welsh Corgi: Their tails resemble those of foxes and are comparatively curvier in appearance. Their fur is fluffier and they come in five different colours
Maintaining a balanced good diet ensures that your corgi will have soft and shiny fur.
Finally, we would like to leave you with a video on things you should know before getting yourself a Corgi.
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