A RAINBOW OF COLORS
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi offers a wider variety
of colors than most other purebred dogs, and many variations of pattern within those
colors. White flashings on the chest, feet, face and tail tip are standard.
Often, a full white collar is part of the white "frosting" on a beautiful
Cardigan. The accepted colors under the American Kennel Club breed standard are:
A shade of brown ranging from reddish to almost black, with irregular striping
of a contrasting color. Most brindles will be brown or reddish brown
with black striping, but the elegant black brindle will be so dark as to
appear black, with lighter striping. A "tortoise-shell" effect is a good
description of brindle. See
Vixen, Dragon, Zorra, Serafina, Rhys and Doņa Ana
for examples of brindle.
From pale fawn to clear and bright reddish brown, often with dark detailing around the
eyes as if wearing mascara, sometimes a black mask on the face. Follow links
to Buster, Percy,
Angie for bright and beautiful red
Often indistinguishable from red, a classic sable will have a dark overlay as if stroked
by a sooty glove. More often a sable will have a small black area on the tail as
though it had crawled under a greasy truck. A sable might appear to be a light red
with even lighter "lemon" colored points on the face. A rare sable might
have such a dark overlay as to appear tri-colored. Jasper, and his sons Cali
were striking sables.
white with brindle points: This is a black & white dog with
brindling in any of the "points" areas of cheeks, eyebrows, elbows and rear legs
below the hock. Terri (Am/Mex. Ch.
Finnshavn Trailwyn Tarif) with her puppies on our home page is a black & white.
Follow these links to Donner, Mim, & Becky
for more examples of black & white.
& white with tan points): This is a black & white dog with
tan in the "points" areas and often also on the insides of the ears.
Follow the links to tri-colors Moonshine
Blue merle: The merle
modifier is a dominant gene that affects black pigment. In a correctly colored blue
merle the black pigment is mottled or "marbled" to a beautiful blue-gray in
random patches. It is customary to breed blue merles only to black & white dogs
with tan or brindle points. The merle offspring will also have either tan or brindle
points. Visit handsome Blue Dragon Flame
and his son Dragonslayer to see
some beautiful blues.
Any colors other than those listed in the
American Kennel Club breed standard, or excess (over 50%) white, are disqualified from
breed competition in AKC dog shows. Dogs with conditions that disqualify them from
breed competition may still compete in obedience and other performance events.