Camouflage in Domestic Dogs: The Cardigan Welsh Corgi

This is the forty-fifth article in a series published by Curnel University’s Domestic Evolution Department. The present article outlines camouflage adaptations developed in the Cardigan Welsh Corgi in response to modified habitat.

The red sable Cardigan Welsh Corgi, like its cousin the Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Series#23), has adapted its colouring to hardwood floors. The survival rate of the red Pembroke Welsh Corgi has traditionally been much higher because of its lack of a caudal appendage. In contrast, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s tail  leaves a telltale clean area on the floor around it when it wags. More recent evolution has seen the developing ability of Cardigans to tuck their tail, as evinced by the above photograph.

The brown brindle Cardigan Welsh Corgi has evolved different camouflage abilities. This one has manoeuvred its rump against the gingko leaves, where its flowing colours blend in with the sweeping lines of their veins. Note, too, the snout freckles which imitate the dappled dirt of the dog sofa on which it lives.

Our photographer was fortunate enough to capture an example of the Cardigan’s most fascinating form of mimicry. Here, the brindle mimics the petals of the flower that emerges from beneath its cushion.

In summary, Cardigan Welsh Corgis may be seen as a stellar example of adaptive capability.

9 Responses to Camouflage in Domestic Dogs: The Cardigan Welsh Corgi

  1. Love it! The researcher might have mentioned the large, butterfly-wing-like ears that mingle with the flowers.
    What nice doggies.

  2. Admin says:

    Not to mention their earlier, pre-adaptive cardigan camouflage (hence the name) clearly designed to enhance their effort-free motility efforts.

  3. i love this breed…love it

  4. “I’m Marlin Perkins and this was Mutual of Omaha’s Domesticated Kingdom.”

  5. lavenderbay says:

    You’re quite right, Barefootheart! I believe Binel and Sai (1998) mentioned it in their paper, published in Papua New Guinea, home to the Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing Butterfly (Ornithoptera alexandrae). The female’s 30-cm wingspan certainly seems co-related to Corgi earspan.

    It is thought, Almostgotit, that the idea of scarecrows originated in ancient Wales among sweater-wearing Corgis. (Jones, 1983).

    They are handsome lads, aren’t they, Corve?

    It was a sensible semi-retirement move for Perkins, James, as it didn’t involve live-capturing errant aligators.

  6. livingisdetail says:

    What you have there are doggie darlings of the highest order. Love the big yawn! A remarkable transformation from pup to flower.

  7. lavenderbay says:

    Amazing, aren’t they, Livingisdetail? I’m glad you enjoyed my mockumentary. As in the Were-corgi photo comic or the Shady Nooks entry, it sometimes isn’t until I’m reviewing a set of snapshots of the boys that their poses suggest something fun like this.

  8. “Here, the brindle mimics the petals of the flower that emerges from beneath its cushion.”

    ROFL

    From one ‘nature blogger’ to another, that was brilliant!

  9. lavenderbay says:

    Thanks, Bobbie! I’m glad that people, especially real nature bloggers, have responded so favourably to this entry; wish I could write this well all the time.

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