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Cuddles, Our Cardigan Welsh Corgi/Chihuahua

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi in Cuddles is a well mannered and behaved dog. Though she is also mixed with Chihuahua, which makes her cocky, confident, feisty, quick-to-bark, relentless, and rash. both breeds are a bit nervous to some degree, but are manageable if worked with on a regular bases.

Cuddles looks and acts a lot like the Chihuahua breed. When scared, excited or cold she will shiver. She has the Corgi length body, with the short hair and eyes of the Chihuahua. Her ears, legs and tail have a little of both breeds. Yet, the legs are short and stubby like the Corgi. Much of the time, she's a happy go lucky little girl eager to please. However, she does tend to get that Chihuahua attitude to her when she's having an off day.

Cuddles is not an overall healthy dog, as she is Epileptic. Which means, she has epileptic seizers. Even though she has this problem, she's a well rounded and balanced dog as far as behavior goes. Sure, there are those times when she misbehaves, but it usually doesn't last long at all. Most times it's because she didn't get attention from me. Oh yeah, the me. I (Anita) am actually her owner and primary care giver. When Cuddles wants attention whether it's petting her, playing with her or whatever; I'm the one who does it. My husband does what he calls his share, but the main person is me. If she wants and needs attention, feeding, watering or just being cuddled; the Mommy (Anita) is the one to hand it out. And there is NO greater joy in my life than Cuddles.

Here are some better traits and characteristics of both breeds:

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Temperament

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi equals big personality in a little dog. These are intelligent, active, alert little guys and gals who will want to be the center of your world. They love to be with their families, and will shower you with loyalty, devotion and affection. They need daily exercise and love to take long walks with you. They are intelligent and eager to please and do great with obedience training. They excel in obedience, agility, flyball, Frisbee, herding, and tracking competitions. They get along very well with respectful children, but parents need to be aware that Corgis might try to herd kids. (They also might try to herd other animals and your houseguests.) Most Corgis like to be with other cats and dogs. They are adaptable dogs and can live anywhere as long as they get walked, but they do like to bark, so close neighbors might object. While personalities differ within the breed, in general, the Corgi is even-tempered, hardy, friendly, loyal and loving. And they are always full of fun.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Training

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is very intelligent and easy to train. They learn new commands very fast.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Shedding

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a very heavy shedder. They shed an awful lot of hair! You'll find hair all over your home, stuck to everything! You'll probably even find it in the butter!

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Grooming

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi only requires an occasional brushing. But because they shed excessively you may find yourself brushing them daily to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn't fall out in your home!)

The Chihuahua
The Chihuahua
Chihuahua Temperament

The Chihuahua has a terrier-like personality which means they're cocky, confident, feisty, quick-to-bark, relentless, and rash. They're the smallest of all dog breeds. They eat very little and take up very little space. They'll crave your affection and close physical contact (pats, rubs and scratches). They love to cuddle and snuggle up to you on the couch. They'll sit on your lap or by your side for hours while you read or watch TV. These dogs will burrow under blankets and pillows to sleep, so be careful where you sit! They tend to bond more closely with one person: They're main caretaker. They are alert and investigates all goings on. They're cautious and wary with strangers and can take a long time to warm up to them (they'll get to know them on their own terms!). They'll bark up a storm when a stranger enters his the home. They don't get along very well with dogs they doesn't know, and can be aggressive with them. They aren't intimidated by other dogs in the least! They'll happily (and unwisely) take on a dog twenty times their size, so you need to watch them. They may nip at a child who is teasing them, but they're good with children who are gentle and respectful of them. They will get all the exercise they need by walking and running around inside, which makes them an excellent apartment dog. They're very alert and will sound the alarm if a stranger approaches or enters your home. They shiver when they're excited, frightened, or cold. They're one of the top 20 most popular dog breeds in the United States.

Chihuahua Training

The Chihuahua is harder to train than most other dog breeds. They learn new commands more slowly than the majority of other breeds. You will need to be extra patient when Training them.

Chihuahua Shedding

The Chihuahua sheds a fair amount of hair. You'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home.

Chihuahua Grooming

The short coat of the Chihuahua only requires an occasional brushing. But because they shed you may find yourself brushing them once or twice a week to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn't fall out in your home!)

Cuddles at 8 weeks old. Cuddles at 10 months old.

The wooden box was her bed. We had taken an old drawer from a dresser that no long was usable and put her in it when we first got her. Notice that the edges were chewed by her, and 8 months after I took the oldest picture, she had chewed it almost to the bottom of the box. Due to her falling out because of her own doings, we finely had to throw the box out.

This is the little girl I've asked people to pray for when she seemed to be getting worse with her seizers. And the seizers do get worse, as she ages they come more often and are longer then the last. Cuddles is a fighter, and still she suffers a little more with each seizer. Yet, the vet doesn't seem to think that they are bad enough to put her down. So I keep trying to control her seizers as much as possible. However, my husband and I know that one day we will lose her to her condition. When that time does come, she will always be remembered as the "BEST DOG IN THE WORLD".


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