The dwarf herding dog from Cardiganshire, Wales, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi-the Corgi with a tail-derived as a hard-working cattle dog capable of handling an unruly herd. Cardigans are fearless and industrious, devilishly smart, and full of spirit. Although low in stature, the Cardigan is not a small dog and indeed acts as if he's the tallest guy in the room. Canine expert and dog show judge, Richard G. Beauchamp shares his insight into this down-to-earth, enduring working dog, whose unflagging work ethic is only rivaled by his devotion to his people. The history chapter discusses the origins and legends associated with this enchanted dwarf canine, followed by chapters describing the breed's many special traits and desirable physical features as outlined in the official breed standard. New owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a reputable breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming are illustrated with photographs of handsome adults and puppies. In all, there are over 135 full-color photographs in this useful and reliable volume. The author's advice on obedience training will help the reader better mold and train into the most well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. The extensive and lavishly illustrated chapter on healthcare provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, preventing and dealing with parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical dogs, breeders, or kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control. Fully indexed.