Dear Kaley: Corgis and splayed paws?

Should Corgi dog have front splayed paws?

Rascal has front splayed (spread  outwards) front
paws-does Kaley Corgi?  What about Corgi dogs?


Quite simply, the answer is NO.   Exhibiting splayed feet is a show fault for a pembroke, which I know Rascal corgi is.

I enclosed the link for this page, from the American Kennel Club for Pembroke Welsh Corgis and what the official standard is…..and this section is speaking specifically about splayed feet.

Legs–Short, forearms turned slightly inward, with the distance between wrists less than between the shoulder joints, so that the front does not appear absolutely straight. Ample bone carried right down into the feet. Pasterns firm and nearly straight when viewed from the side. Weak pasterns and knuckling over are serious faults. Shoulder blades long and well laid back along the rib cage. Upper arms nearly equal in length to shoulder blades. Elbows parallel to the body, not prominent, and well set back to allow a line perpendicular to the ground to be drawn from tip of the shoulder blade through to elbow. Feet–Oval, with the two center toes slightly in advance of the two outer ones. Turning neither in nor out. Pads strong and feet arched. Nails short. Dewclaws on both forelegs and hindlegs usually removed. Too round, long and narrow, or splayed feet are faulty.

Now if you and I were Cardigans. the wrong other kind of corgi, we could have our feet pointing slightly outward as in this from the show standard:

The feet are relatively large and rounded, with well filled pads. They point slightly outward from a straight-ahead position to balance the width of the shoulders. This outward point is not to be more than 30 degrees from center line when viewed from above. The toes should not be splayed.




















i do not think i have splayed paws……………………

























but sometimes i have “3 front feet”…..and i know fur sure, i am a fluffy corgi…..(pssst..that is a non official standard)!


kaley corgi kisses  : ) 


  1. cathy staton says:

    Thanks Kaley Corgi for the answer. I’m also longer than the standard Corgi should be-so Da wonders if my dog Mum got together with the “milkman” stay guy dog?! Oh well, I think my pawparents & yours love us no matter if we have show dog standards or not?

  2. Bill Stribling says:

    Finally a site that can answer my 2 year old question. I have two pembrook welsh corgis, brother and sister. Both were the final two in the litter and both have longer legs than standard, makes me wonder if mommy had a jack russell for a mate but the breeder says that they are both purebred. They also do not have as much hair as standard but have definite Corgi features. What could have happened if they are purebred? Could it be a defective gene that just appeared.
    Thanks ahead of time for your answer.

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