Looking for a Cardigan?


 

The current demand for puppies is exceptionally high in all breeds. Here on the CWCCA website we get several inquiries most days, well over 300 in a six-month period. According to AKC statistics, approximately 300 Cardi litters are registered each year, with an average litter size of five. This makes for competition among potential qualified homes.

 

1) First, make sure that you have researched Cardigans. We get many contacts looking for “a corgi” because they are “cute”. Saying that you are looking for a corgi to a Cardigan breeder is an indication that you may not realize that there are two breeds of corgis and that the differences between them are significant. Some of the differences between the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi are size, color, and attitude. Cardigans are longer with bigger ears and rounder bone, and of course: there is the tail!  For more information about the Pembroke Welsh Corgi visit the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America website at http://pwcca.org.

Cardigans are not small dogs, they are medium-size short dogs. Females generally weigh 28-32 lbs and males may weigh up to 40 lbs. They shed copiously. Although individuals vary among themselves, many are quite vocal. They may also exhibit herding behavior, especially towards children who they may seem to chase, when in their minds they are “rounding them up.” If you are looking for a happy-go-lucky dog-park kind of dog, a Cardigan might not be for you. On the other hand, Cardigans are extremely loyal and want to be with their people at all times.

 

2) In your initial contact with a breeder talk about yourself and your family. Emails that simply say “Do you have puppies? How much?” are unlikely to be answered. Know that show/hobby breeders do not constantly have a litter “on the ground” with puppies ready to go. It is likely that you will establish a rapport with a breeder and be on their list for when a breeding has been done and puppies are likely to become available. Be prepared to wait.

In previous times our suggestions to people who were interested in a having a Cardigan join their household often included visiting dog shows to meet breeders in person and being invited by a breeder to visit their Cardis at home. That is not feasible in the face of current COVID restrictions, so consider how you can communicate through internet and phone most effectively.

 

3) Breeders are very protective of their puppies. They love them and become attached to every one of them in the 8 to 12 weeks of a puppy’s life in their homes. This will be even more the case when they are placing a retired adult. A good breeder will be responsible for a dog for life, with the result that you may well become an adopted family member.

 

4) Cardigans vary in temperament, disposition, and activity level, even as puppies. A breeder will do his or her best to match each puppy with the ideal family. If there isn’t a pup in a litter for you, don’t assume that it is because you aren’t good enough, your day may come when the right dog is there for you. Breeders try to ensure that each and every puppy lives in a “forever home” and enjoys a successful life as a treasured companion.

 

5) All Cardigan colors are beautiful. If you are looking for only a certain color and sex you will be limiting your choices. In particular, expect extra scrutiny if you are searching only for a blue merle. Recent fad breeding of “designer” dogs has led to unscrupulous breeders’ creating mixed-breeds for profit. Blue merles are in high demand for this purpose. We, Cardigan breeders, are preservation breeders who feel strongly about protecting the integrity of our breed.

 

Note: Listings Expire after six months.

Due to a larger than expected demand, do not be disappointed if nobody contacts you right away.

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The CWCCA is the parent club for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi breed and is a member of the American Kennel Club.

 

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is one of the oldest known breeds. They are believed to have been in existence in Wales for over 3,000 years, and were first imported to the United States in 1932. Cardigans make a delightful companion as well as a working farm, show, or performance dog. We hope that you enjoy this site as you learn about our breed.


Are you looking for a Cardi?

 

Visit our Breeders’ Directory Here.  Scroll down and find a form for information we can share with our breeder-members.

CWCCA Members: check on the Member’s Section for contacts.

 

BLUE MERLE: CARDIGAN YES, PEMBROKE NO…


While the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi appear similar, they are in fact two distinct breeds that developed separately centuries ago in geographically distinct areas of Wales. They are part of the cultural heritage of Wales and each breed deserves to be preserved and protected like any cultural treasure.

One of the many breed characteristics that distinguish Cardigans from Pembrokes is color. Cardigans come in more colors including blue merle and brindle which have never occurred in purebred Pembrokes. Since canine geneticists have proven that both of these traits are dominant, it is virtually impossible for either color to suddenly appear in a litter of Pembrokes. Blue merle or brindle Pembrokes are a result of crossbreeding which is not condoned by the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America or their members. These puppies are not purebred, are not eligible to be registered in the AKC Stud Book and cannot compete in AKC Conformation or Herding events.