Cardification

AKC GAZETTE DECEMBER 2011
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column



I invited a puppy buyer to accompany me to the CardiganWelsh Corgi Club of America’s national specialty last April.We had corresponded a great deal and hit it off, so I felt comfortable inviting her along on the two-day drive

My new friend had been in Collies and Shelties for years but decided she wanted a Cardi. By the time she contacted me, she’d already begun her breed research.The trip to the national was to allow her to see a cross-section of the breed to further her education.

My friend helped me a great deal with my two class bitches on the road, and then at the national. Because our dogs are so versatile, the breed’s national lasts eight days to fit in all the performance events in addition to conformation, so my friend had a chance to observe hundreds of Cardigans over more than a week.

As we headed home afterwards, I asked for her honest opinion. I wondered, what did she think of Cardigans, now that she’d seen so many?

Her answer:“I adore them.”

Many people, exhibitors and companion homes alike, discover just how special the breed is.I call it “Cardifying,” or the “Cardification” of someone;an act whereby an introduction to the breed often results in new owners reacting the same way my friend did.They fall in love.

Cardis are addictive.We say,“Cardigans are like potato chips; you can’t have just one!”

A friend who’s been breeding Labs for over 30 years saw one of my dogs at a show and said that if I ever had a blue girl like him, she wanted her. Later she waffled on whether it was a good thing to commit to a Cardi puppy, but when my next litter contained a lovely blue girl, my friend agreed to take her.

When she saw the 8-week-old blue baby, she fell in love on the spot.As time went on, she fell more deeply in love. Her Lab friends fell in love as well with the blue baby and threatened to kidnap her.And when the girl was old enough to be bred, even though my friend really hadn’t planned on breeding her, she was bred. My friend wasn’t going to keep a puppy, however.

She kept two.

What we in Cardis love to hear is the wonderment in voices when someone from another breed marvels at what their Cardigan is like.They feel the magic.This happens to professional handlers as well. Several have started breeding Cardigans after taking one on the road.

They are goofy dogs who make you laugh … serious dogs who think through challenges … happy dogs who want nothing more in life than to be with their humans.These are dogs who can herd, smoke through an agility course, track, win HITs in obedience, and go BIS in the conformation ring.

But most of all, they are magic.

—Jennifer Roberson; www.cheysuli.com


First published in the AKC Gazette Digital Edition, December 2011.

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