The Welsh Corgi Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgi are relatively healthy breeds. They are true dwarf breeds (chondrodysplasia) and are build in the same proportion as a “normal” dog, except for their shorter legs. Both Welsh Corgi breeds become an averaged 12 à 13 years old.
By the English Kennel Club ranging health survey “Purebred Dog Health Survey 2004” revealed that most common causes of death in the Welsh Corgi breeds are cancer and old age. The full report of the Welsh Corgi Cardigan can be download here and you can download here the full report of the Welsh Corgi Pembroke.
Before a Welsh Corgi may be used for breeding should he be examined on Hip dysplasia (HD) and hereditary eye diseases. It is also necessary for the Welsh Corgi Cardigan to do a DNA test which find out whether the dog has the RCD3 gene which is responsible for the eye disorder Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).
In the breeding regulation you can find what demands are made to the parents before they can be used for breeding. You can download the breeding regulation for the Welsh Corgi Cardigan here. And you can download the breeding regulation for the Welsh Corgi Pembroke here.
Additional, it is possible to examine the dog on Elbow Dysplasia (ED) and the gene which is responsible at an increased risk for the development of degenerative myelopathy (DM).
At the Raad van Beheer (Dutch Kennel Club) website, health surveys can be found online in the database Generations & Health which have been recorded and administered by the Raad van Beheer. At present, these are hip dysplasia (HD), elbow dysplasia (ED), cochlear deafness (CD), DNA copper storage and eye disorders (ECVO). Click here to go to the Online Database (In Dutch).