Hey guys! I'm back with a Part 4 about responsible breeding that will hopefully answer some of the nitty gritty questions that people have asked me over and over again.
This is meant to be a resource for those of you who are already in the process of trying to find a reputable breeder for corgis, and your trying to determine if the breeder you have found is a good breeder. If you're not that far along in the process, I highly recommend you read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Part 3 contains resources to begin your search for a breeder in US and Canada.
I've also covered a lot of important questions to ask them in Part 2. Check it out for a refresher! This Part 4 is a more detailed answer of some of the answers I have already covered in Part 2. And some new stuff, that is nitty gurrritty!
Let's get to it, shall we?
By now, you have started contacting breeders. Here's some questions that you should ask them to determine if they are a responsible breeder or not.
1. Ask Them for Reports on Dam and Sire's Eyes, Hips and vonWillebrands Disease Certificates.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are prone to certain eye problems like Cataracts and Progressive Retinol Atrophy. The breeder should be able to provide you with a report for both the Mother and Father of the litter.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are also prone to hip related problems because of their stumpy frame. They are at risk for Hip Dysplasia. The hips are evaluated by the OFA after they are 24 months old. The Mother and Father of the litter should have certification showing their hips are Fair, Good or Excellent. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that the puppy will not develop hip dysplasia in the future. Hip dysplasia is caused by both environmental (like being obese) and genetic factors.
vonWillebrands is a blood clotting disease. A simple genetic test can determine if the Sire and Dam are carriers, clear or affected.
2. Ask Them For The Pedigree of Their Litter
Reputable breeders should have a chart showing the documented sires and dams of the litter going back at least 4 generations. This way, you can see that the pedigree of all the previous corgis. Just from my observation, I've noticed that most good breeders tend to breed dogs with a champion pedigree. Usually, at least one of the parents have some sort of title. Responsible breeders also diversify their dog's gene pools by breeding their dogs with other breeders. That means the prefix before their name is different.
For a good example - take a look at this pedigree chart on this online pedigree database.
If you take a look at this corgi, you can see the sire/dam and grand-sire/grand-dams are from different breeders, rather than just solely this one breeder.
3. These Things Should Come Standard
Reputable breeders will provide you with a puppy that comes microchipped, registered with the governing body (for US, AKC, for Canada - CKC), with their first set of vaccinations, and dewormed. Good breeders will insist that they
4. Price Is Not An Indication of Quality
As with most things in life, price is not necessarily a good indication of quality. Since Corgis have become so popular, there are many people posing as breeders in order to make a quick buck.
There are "breeders" that will charge you an exorbitant amount for their corgis (I had a follower contact me and ask me if 8000 for a corgi was a reasonable amount - no definitely not!). Some "breeders" will charge you a very low amount, because with them there is no guarantee of quality, and in all likelihood, you will never hear from them again. It will be a lot cheaper up front - but trust me, you will end up paying for it (in unexpected vet fees, preventable genetic diseases etc).
The breeder you want to find is one that charges a reasonable amount for their corgis. Speaking from my experience, the last time I was looking for a puppy (in 2014 so keep that in mind, the reputable breeders I was speaking to were charging between 1500-2500 for a puppy (keep in mind that is just my experience and I'm trying to give you an estimate to work off of! This is also in Canada...different countries might be different rates :)). This alway included first shots, microchipping, registration, and deworming.
5. There Is Always A Spaying/Neutering Contract
If you are buying a companion puppy, the breeder makes you sign a contract to make sure you spay and neuter your puppy before 1 year of age. I'm pretty sure this is standard for all responsible breeders. You usually have to send in some sort of proof to the breeder after the procedure is done.
I'm hoping this article helps you in your search for your fur-ever corgi! Ultimately, the decision and choice is up to you. Finding the perfect dog for you can be a long, tedious, frustrating journey. But good things come to those who wait. And it'll be worth it in the end.
XOXO- Tibby's Mom