Finding A Responsible Corgi Breeder - Part 1

So now you have Fluffin' Corgi Fever, now what?

All this Fluffin Could Be Yours!

You sweat, obsess and stalk corgis in all your waking hours. You aww over their little chubby bellies, long after their short little stumps, and creep the Instagrams of countless CelebriCorgs all times of the day. And now you have decided that you MUST. HAVE. ONE. OF. YOUR.OWN. So, now what? How do you get some of that sweet, sweet corgi fluff in your own life?

Let me first tell you a secret, you CAN have a puppy like Tibby. Tibby's good looks and great personality is NOT a happy accident - she's the result of exceptional breeding, careful planning and decades of experience. 

First, I will tackle WHY you should be buying from a responsible breeder. Then we will talk about how you can identify a responsible breeder, and finally, where to get a FURbulous corgster of your own :) TO CORGI AND BEYOND! (Okay, no let's just continue with this post, shall we?)

1. Why The Fluff Should You Buy From A Responsible Breeder?

There a gazillion posts out there that tell you why you should buy from a Responsible Breeder. My favourite quote is from Getting A Pembroke Welsh Corgi. This basically sums it up.

"Choosing where to get your corgi from is an important decision. A reputable breeder is not only someone who raises the puppy, but one who will be around for the remainder of the dogs life as an information source and support system. A reputable breeder will happily provide information on the health testing of the parents and will be there if for some reason you can no longer keep your corgi. Maybe reputable breeders have lengthy waiting lists and you may be expected to wait to add your puppy to your family. Finding the right breeder that is willing to work with you and your pup over their life is the most important decision you can make on your way to getting a dog. A dog is a lifetime commitment."

What can I also add to this is my own story with my chub-chub, Tibby. For years, I was obsessed with getting a dog. I NEEDED a dog. I grew up in a family that was (slightly) scared of having animals, and my parents got a guinea pig as a replacement for a dog. No offense, but guinea pigs are no replacements for dogs. You can't walk a guinea pig, you can't play ball with them, and you certainly can't bring them on playdates. My boyfriend grew up in a similar situation, so a few years after graduating University, we were living in the big bad city and I "convinced"(okay, I threatened and forced) him to get a dog with me.

Sounds like a recipe for a disaster right? It kind of was. I was so so obsessed with getting a dog. Anyhow, I digress, the point is, we fell madly in love with this derpalicious breed. And we began our search.

The first HUGE mistake we almost made, is that we almost got a dog off of Kijiji (Kijiji is like Craigslist). We found this "breeder" and she confirmed that she had a puppy available. And it was $1000, so it was by no means a bargain deal. She also asked for a $200 deposit. We asked her when we can pick up this pup, and then we realized we would not be available that weekend, and asked her if we could pick up on Monday, or the following weekend. We thought this would be no problem at all. We were surprised that she said, NO. You must pick her up on this weekend, and only this weekend. And she also told us "You can take your puppy within 3 days to get the vet to check her out, and we can take if there's anything wrong. And if anything happens after that, it is NOT MY PROBLEM." 

I was shocked, I could not imagine how little this woman cared for her own dogs. She only saw them as little waddly rolls of cash, and didn't have any emotional investment in these dogs at all. I politely told her, no thank you, we will not be taking any of your puppies then. And I am glad we didn't. 

After we got Tibby, we have met many other corgis, and many pups who are from backyard breeders/pet stores have suffered some sorts of ailments. One particular corgi owner has spend thousands on medical expenses for her dog, who has been in and out of the pet hospital with genetic diseases that should have been tested for by a breeder. I firmly believe that dogs are a source of joy in your life, and though you should commit to a dog for the entirety of it's life (through sickness and health, for richer and's not that different from wedding vows is it?), when given an option, it is only logical to CHOOSE one with a lower chance of these diseases.

This is a quote from my breeder:

"A breeder's responsibility should not end when you walk out the door with your puppy and they cash your cheque. 

Also, be extremely wary of litters/puppies available thru newspaper ads, pet shops, as well as many backyard breeders and fancy websites where the CKC or AKC registered names of the dogs are not given (so you cannot confirm the clearances) and where the focus of the website is on puppy sales and/or multiple litters are advertised (they are in the "business" of quick puppy sales and do not have a long term interest or dedication to the breed). A "bargain" puppy can/will end up being a repeat major expense annually, trying to deal with the health issues what would not have been bred into a pup from a breeder who doesn't put profit above all else. These puppies are often raised in poor conditions and receive little socialization; though their parents may or may not have the clearances above, they often do not come from an ancestry of cleared dogs. These breeders usually have a number of females and one or two males that sire all their litters (little consideration is given to improving the breed by bringing in new lines to improve genetic health). Many of those cute puppies in the pet store window, are likely to be from very sad places, and purchasing these puppies encourages this horrible industry to continue. "

And I couldn't agree more.

To Be Continued...In Part DEUCE!

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