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Health Concerns

In general, the corgi is a healthy dog with few medical concerns. However, the following diseases or disorders have been reported:

  • Hot spots are areas of itchy moist skin irritation.

  • Epilepsy is a seizure disorder that develops between the ages of 2 to 5 years.

  • Glaucoma is a painful and serious condition that causes pressure within the eye to increase. It can lead to blindness if not treated early.

  • Corneal ulceration is the loss of the corneal epithelium (the outermost cells of the cornea).

  • Lens luxation is a dislocation or displacement of the lens within the eye.

  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a disease that causes nerve cells at the back of the eye to degenerate. The condition usually begins in older pets and can lead to blindness.

  • Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive degenerative disease of the spinal cord that slowly results in weakness and eventually inability to use the rear legs.

    In addition, the Cardigan Welsh corgi is prone to obesity, cervical disk disease, and difficulty delivering puppies.

    Life Span

    The average lifespan of the Cardigan Welsh corgi is 14 to 16 years.


    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.








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