American Corgis are a newly emerging breed very similar to and closely related to the two Welsh Corgi breeds, the Pembroke and the Cardigan. Breeders of American Corgis are attempting to produce hardy, intelligent, and athletic dogs that are a little shorter in the back, longer in leg, and smaller in overall size than their Welsh counterparts. They possess charming personalities, make great family dogs, and are easily trained. They come from a herding background and love to have a job whether it's fetching a ball, running an agility course, or taking possession of the couch. They require moderate exercise and grooming. They do shed seasonally. They are often easy keepers and attention should be paid to excess weight. They are subject to the same genetically based diseases as other Corgis, including Degenerative Myelopathy (DM).