Research

Health Research and Resources

 

Cardigan Welsh Corgis, as a breed are relatively healthy with Dr. Padgett listing only 32 known and documented inherited issues in his book: Control of Canine Genetic Diseases.   Other sources may bring that number higher to around fifty, many of which are reported to be fairly rare or even unknown in recent years and much of the remainder known to occur as disorders of all dogs in general.   Fifty may seem like a high number until it is compared with other breeds, some having as many as 150 disorders.

Mixed breeds, long thought to be healthier than purebred dogs, actually top the list at 220 or more reported genetic health problems, often with much lower predictability and more difficulty in making a correct diagnosis for treatment due to unknown family histories.

Follow the links on this page to find information about known health issues of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and any current research.

This is not a complete list, but includes issues which may be of greater concern or importance to breeders and pet owners.

This information is not meant to take the place of professional veterinary care.

Link to participate in the NHGRI Dog Genome Project

Please note, many of these pages are still under construction. 
Please check back for added links and updated information.

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Alimentary
Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (Bloat)

Cancer
Hemangiosarcoma
Nasal Tumors
Lymphoma
Mammary
Oral Tumors

Endocrine
Hypothyroidism
Hyperparathyroidism
Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s)
Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s)

Heart/Vascular
Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)

Hematopoietic
von Willebrand

Immune
Atopic Dermatitis / Allergies
Demodicosis

Integumentary
Hernia, Perineal
Hernia, Inguinal 

Liver/Pancreas
Diabetes Mellitus
Pancreatic Hypoplasia (EPI)

Neurologic
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
Epilepsy

Ocular
Cataracts
Corneal Erosion Syndrome
Distichiasis
Glaucoma
PPM
 Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

Reproductive
Dystocia (whelping complications)
Cryptorchidism
Spay/Neuter

Skeletal
 Disk Disease (IVDD) and Spinal Anomolies
Hip Dysplasia (CHD)
Growth Plate Issues
Elbow Dysplasia 
Degenerative Osteoarthritis
Patellar Luxation
Cleft Palate
Tail Kinks, Brachury, Anury

Urinary
Cystinuria

 

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