Pembroke and Cardigan – what is the difference?
is always difficult to answer this question; there are several obvious
physical differences but there is also one pertaining to the character
and temperament which is more difficult to describe and which will
probably not be noticed unless you owe both breeds. In my own kennel I
have had Pembrokes for more than 30 years and Cardigans for 15 years and
I find that the Cardigan in many ways is the more sensible and more
intelligent of the two although I am sure other breeders may not agree
with me. I find that the Cardigan is quick to learn and he appears to be
obedient by instinct. It is, of course, desirable that they all have a
free, bold and open character. I find that the Pembroke in general has a
trusting and friendly way towards strangers while the Cardigan, without
being aggressive, is more reserved and takes longer to trust in
strangers. But this doesn't mean that the Cardigan is shy or nervous (which
would be a weakness in character).