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.