Originally bred for herding sheep and cattle, they have proven themselves as excellent companion animals and are also competitive in sheepdog trials and agility. Cardigan Welsh Corgis were bred long and low to make sure that any kicks by cattle would travel safely over the dogs’ heads without touching them. Like most herding breeds, Cardigans are highly intelligent, active, athletic dogs. They are affectionate, devoted companions that can also be alert and responsible guardians. Cardigan Corgis are typically a ‘one-man dog’. They tend to be wary of strangers and to reserve their affection for a select few with whom they are familiar. If socialized at a young age, they can be nice with other dogs and housepets.