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.