Once you’ve decided on the correct breed for you and your family, you should make every attempt to find the right breeder, someone you can communicate with and trust. The right breeder will advise you on your choice (perhaps even point you in another direction) and will guide you through the selection process. The breeder will also continue to provide information and support as your dog matures, and should be able to answer your questions and address your concerns about issues such as housebreaking, leash training, grooming and feeding. That you have taken the time to find this website and read its contents shows that you are certainly going in the right direction in locating a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Do not buy a dog from a pet shop or a retailer who purchased the animal from a wholesaler. Instead seek out a legitimate breeder, preferably one who specializes in the breed you have in mind. When visiting that breeder, ask to see the parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, and/or grandparents. Look for healthy, happy dogs raised in a clean home or kennel. Ask questions. A breeder is there to help you and a good breeder will be at your side, no farther away than the telephone or computer email, throughout the life of your dog. If you do not reside in the Southeastern region of the US, you can find a list of reputable breeders at the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America’s website. If you do reside in the Southeast, we invite you to check out our Members List to talk about the possibility of a Corgi for your situation.
A Corgi puppy must be a minimum of 8 weeks of age before a breeder should allow it to go into a new home situation. Many breeders prefer not to place a pup in their new home prior to 10 -12 weeks of age. Your puppy should be fully weaned, appear healthy and alert and be clearly ready for independence from its mother. Do not select a puppy that appears ill (signs include nasal discharge and/or watery eyes) or one whose litter-mates seem unhealthy. A cowering, trembling, shy puppy, or one that seems snappy and bad tempered should be avoided. As soon as possible, bring the new puppy to your own veterinarian for a complete physical examination and any necessary inoculations or dewormings.
Bringing a new puppy home requires a lot of forethought. You need to be sure you have a bedding area, proper water and food, toys and grooming supplies. A breeder can help you in determining what you need and guide you during the pup’s first days in its new home and often sends a supply of food with the puppy.
It is important that you bring a new pup home at a time when the household is quiet and peaceful, when everyone has time to spend with the newcomer. A new pup needs to be carefully and thoughtfully introduced to its new home.
A dog can bring a lifetime of joy and happiness to any home when care and thought is given to its needs and requirements. The time and money spent will be returned many times over in the form of companionship, devotion and unquestioning love.
A responsible breeder is the best source for a well-bred, healthy dog. The breeder will carefully select the parents of each litter to emphasize desirable attributes and minimize faults in their progeny. Some people breed dogs only to produce puppies to sell. These individuals have no regard for the advancement of that breed; they are motivated solely by profit. Responsible breeders will never breed a litter without considering the advancement of the breed. Each litter should improve the quality of breeding stock, resulting in healthy puppies with improved breed soundness- that is, physical and mental health- that are an advancement toward the ideal.
Another good reason to buy a puppy from a breeder is that gives you the opportunity to interact with the puppy’s siblings and dam, also possibly the sire. You can, therefore, form a general impression of what the future holds for the puppy you take home.
Buying from a breeder means that you are part of an extended family. Most breeders expect a call if the dog has a crisis at any stage in its life, so they can help you understand and cope with the problem. This can be especially comforting for the first time dog owners who can’t even imagine what kinds of questions they’ll have in the future.
Visit as many breeders as possible for your breed. Examine the premises to make sure they are clean and that the dogs appear to be well cared for. Puppies should be clean, well fed, lively and friendly, without any signs of illness such as runny nose or eyes, skin sores, or dirty ears or fleas.
Every breed recognized by the American Kennel Club has a National or Parent Club that was formed for that breed. The parent club is responsible for the preservation, protection and welfare of that particular breed. They are also responsible for the Breed Standard of that breed. The breed standard is a written description, or word picture describing the perfect dog of that breed; how it should look, the manner in which it moves, and temperament. They are owned by the Parent Club. Responsible breeders are always trying to breed dogs closest to this standard with no inherited defects. The AKC believes that the Parent Clubs are the best contacts for anyone looking for information on a particular breed or purchasing a puppy of that breed. They can direct you to breeders of the individual breed in your state or region. They also have an abundance of excellent information and important facts that all owners of that breed should be aware of. The Palmetto Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club, Inc. is an affiliate club of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, Inc., the parent club of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi in the United States.
You may also consider visiting an all-breed dog show. This will give you an opportunity to view firsthand a majority of the breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. In addition to seeing a variety of dogs, you will have a chance to talk with dedicated breeders, people concerned with the welfare and advancement of their chosen breed. You can learn a lot from these knowledgeable and dedicated folks, who can also lead you to breeders of the particular breed in the area. To find a dog show in your area go to the AKC’s Events Search to find information about upcoming events in your area.