CWCCA Help Desk

If you are looking for a Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy or adult, please use the form under the Breeders Directory menu step. The helpdesk is for general questions and for website help.


Q: Hi I am the proud owner of a cardi and maybe a second one soon. What are the benefits of membership in CWCCA? 


A: Welcome to the wonderful world of Cardigans. I will attempt to answer your question.


The CWCCA is made of of Cardigan lovers and exhibitors from around the world. We have a wide range of interests and passions but we are all passionate about our Cardigans.


Membership in this organization can take many forms. All are loyal supporters of the breed but many don’t compete in anything other than loving their pets on a daily basis. 


The CWCCA is the parent club for the American Kennel Club and as such we participate in programs of the AKC. 


The CWCCA is responsible for things such advising the AKC on the breed standard and participating in AKC related programs which benefit all dogs and Cardigans in particular. 


We sponsor a national specialty each year and a number of regional supported entries and specialties throughout the US during the year. We maintain a breeder referral list, educate breeders and exhibitors, mentor new members and individuals wishing to judge our breed in the conformation ring and maintain our Code of Ethics which may be found on our web site.


If you wish to become a new member of our club, you will need to fill out an application and submit it as well as find two members who will sponsor you. Your name will be published in our newsletter and 60 days later you will be a member.


Non members are welcome at our specialties. The first week in April is our next one in Tucson. 


I am sure I have missed a few things ….oh, the biggest and best is meeting & networking with fellow Cardigan lovers and learning from them about a breed dear to my heart. Barb P. – Membership Chair 


Q: I want to donate to your rescue group. Where should I send my check?


A: The Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Rescue Trust (CWCNRT) will be extremely grateful for your donation. 

Here is a link to their website

All donations should be made payable to the CWCNRT and sent to:
Becky Smith, Treasurer
2236 Warson Rd
Springfield, IL 62704 


Q: My husband and I will be getting our first Cardi at the end of February 2013. We would like to become members, but don’t actually know anyone in the club except for our Breeder. We have actually never met her. Do we need to wait for a few years until we have met some club members? I am able to go to the Specialty this year and hope to meet many wonderful Cardi owners and Breeders. We would like to be active but there are no other Cardigans in our town.

What should we do? 


A: No need to wait years. You might discuss this with your breeder if they are CWCCA members. Many new members are sponsored in this way. Another option would be to get to know some of our wonderful cardigan folks at the National Specialty coming up soon.  


Q: Health question: At what age do growth plates close in Cardis? I do not want to spay until they are closed. Can you direct me to solid information on Cardis? My pup is 4-1/2 months old, and every day is a new delight.thank you, 


A: We were unable to locate specific information for Cardis, but since they are relatively small dogs, they should fall in the middle of the published ranges for epiphyseal closure which is about 310 days old. You should consult with your veterinarian who may recommend radiographs of the humerus or femur which are among the last to close.


Enjoy your puppy! 


Q: We just acquired a Cardi Male Pup. What age should he be neutered since the Breeder (CCWA Member) sold him to us as a pet?


A: There is no one answer to this question but most veterinarians would recommend neutering at four to six months of age.. Recent statistical research (not specific to Cardigan Welsh Corgis) points toward an increased risk for joint problems in dogs that are neutered early so some owners postpone neutering until the growth plates are closed, or at eight months to one year of age. However, some municipalities require earlier neutering or impose high licensing fees for intact dogs. Occasionally, a young male will develop really obnoxious behaviors like urine marking, mounting and aggression. Those dogs should be neutered as soon as possible to restore peace to the household.


Enjoy your Cardi!

Barbara S Merickel DVM 


Q: I would like to make a donation on behalf of my friend’s Cardigan that just passed away at 17 years of age. His name was Levi. If I make a donation, do you send a card letting my friend know a donation was made on her behalf? 


A: If you will tell us who the person is, we will send a note stating that a donation was made in the Levi’s name. What a lovely thought.


Gail LaBerge, 
CWCCA 1st Vice President 


Q: I am trying to plan for the National specialty. With regard to veterans–are we allowed to show spayed/neutered veterans at the specialty? 


A: From the AKC Rules for Dog Shows pg 45: ‘Neutered dogs and spayed bitches may compete in the Veterans Classes at Independent Specialties. The winner of each of these classes will be eligible to compete for Best of Breed‘ 


Q: We live in Reno Nevada and would like to get a Corgi for my son, who is 17. Corgi’s are his favorite breed. My question is where you are located and to you ship the pups or do we pick them up? We do want a pup since we have 2 cats and want the pup to grow up with the cats. Our cats are very dog friendly. Any info you can send me will be greatly appreciated. Also what is the charge for rescuing a pup.Thank you for any info.


A: Just for clarity, you mention Corgi, of which there are two distinct breeds, Pembroke (no tail) and Cardigan (with tail) and there are both similarities and differences between the two.


CWCCA is the AKC Parent Club for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The CWCCA itself does not actually handle anything regarding Cardigan Corgi placement other than to facilitate communication between members who have Cardigans available for placement and those who seek them. Each breeder in our Breeders directory lists their availability and will have their preferences in transporting a placement. 


CWCNRT (Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Rescue Trust) is a wholly separate organization, made up of very dedicated and caring folks, who may or may not be members of the CWCCA, and they do excellent work in rescue and re-homing Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s in need. Sherilyn Curti is the National Coordinator for CWCNRT and your best resource for rescue information.


Hope this information is helpful in your search 🙂 


Q: Hi, my husband and I would like to join, we are the proud parents of three akc cardi’s. Can you send me the form and information? We want to get listed in the breeders section. What do we need to do? Thanks 


A: Have a look at our How to Join page in the menu above under ‘The Club’, where you will find our application, contact information for our Membership Chair, and a brief description of membership types. At the request of and vote by our membership, there is a three consecutive year waiting period before a member may list in our Breeders Directory.  


On this freezing day in south Alabama, I am housebound, exploring various random internet sites and I obviously connect to corgis. Somewhat to my surprise I read of dog, “Bob” Llwyd. This dog was owned by my grandfather, Dr. J.T.Lloyd. His only child was my mother, Mary(1919-2005). I have newspaper clipping about “Bob” and a framed photograph of him. My mother, came to Alabama from Wales as a war bride. She obtained our first family dog,a Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), from Massachusetts, sent to Demopolis, Alabama in late 50’s or early 60’s. There could not have been many sent to Alabama. Over the years, my siblings and I have owned many corgis though only our childhood one from Mass. was a cardigan. This is just a little story of a transplanted Welsh mother keeping her children connected to her homeland, one way by a dog! It worked. Kathryn – Alabama 


Q: Hi – I was a member many years ago, but dropped out when I stopped showing. However, there is a new puppy on the horizon and I plan to be active again. Do I just reapply like a new member or can an old membership be reinstated?


A: You will need to re-apply for membership. Welcome back. 


Q: How can we know the Cardigan Welsh Corgi obedience standings


A: AKC has a page at AKC Obedience Qualifiers that lists the top 25 in either all breed or breed specific. There is also a more detailed report available for purchase in the AKC online store 


Q: Hello,Is there a more complete list of events for showing cardigans? I’d like to visit before we get our first cardi puppy and I can’t believe there won’t be anything happening until May.Thank you!


A: There will be many shows where you can visit with Cardigans. Try the AKC Event Search page. You can select a breed and one or more states around you to find shows. 


Q: I currently have two Cardigans. The three year old male (bred by Pat Santi) currently has his Companion Dog and Rally Advanced titles. I plan to show him in Graduate Novice at the Specialty in May. My first Cardigan, Aberdovey Starlight Coast CD, RE passed away in November. I am considering becoming a member of the CWCCA. Is it too late to apply for membership prior to the Specialty? Also, are events at the Specialty such as the Performance/Companion dinner open to members only, or to all competitors?I have never attended a Specialty, so this is new territory. I’m all ears! 


A: CWCCA Membership is not required to attend most events at the National Specialty and we’ll be glad to have you join us. The only events where Membership is required are the Megan Competition and the Annual General Meeting. Please do come join us ! 


Q: Reference  National Specialty…I do not want to participate, but do want to watch different events. Can anyone attend to watch? If so what is the best day? I’d also like to make contact with Missouri breeders as I’d like to get another Cardi in the next couple of years. Thanks for the info!


A: You can absolutely come join us at Purina in 2016. Depending on what you would like to observe our very versatile breed doing, Sat – Tue are generally Herding, Obedience, Rally and Agility focused, while Wed-Sat are Conformation centric. There is no parking or admission fee. We’ll be glad to meet you 🙂 


Q: My cardigan puppy is 11 weeks old and his ears haven’t stood up yet. Should I tape them? And if so, where do I find information on that subject, please?


A: Your breeder should be the best resource, though several websites also have ‘how to’s’. One is here: 


Q: We want to adopt a potentially headstrong and feisty male puppy (8 weeks). We already have a feisty headstrong female cardi (who will be 9.5 months old at potential adoption time) and we want to know if there could be temperament problems. Our current female cardi has had obedience training and we adamantly continue it. 


A: In my experience I’ve had little problem introducing a puppy into our group of several dogs. The puppy will generally be submissive to the older dog, especially when it is such a young pup. We also personally have had better luck with male/female pairings than with two females.


Your breeder should be able to give you advice on introducing your new little one. If you have a Facebook account I also recommend the group ‘Cardigan Welsh Corgi Puppies Purebred’ as a source. You can find the link on our ‘Other Resources’ page under ‘The Breed’. 


Q: We would like to know about degenerative myelopathy. Our 8 month old is a carrier for the disease. Do we need to be conconcerned? 


A: If your dog is a carrier rather than at risk it means that she has a single copy of the gene. With a single copy, she should never develop the disease. The main reason for knowing her status as a carrier would be for breeding later on, to not breed her to another carrier. If she is spayed you have no worries. 


Q: Can you be a member with a spayed purebred female cardi? She has not been AKC registered…do we need to?


A: Welcome! Certainly you can be a member. All that is required is that you love Cardigan Welsh Corgis. There is no need to have a show dog, a loved family pet counts just as much.

Personally, I recommend registering your dogs with the AKC for the benefits. You may decide down the road sometime to try out one of the other sports such as Rally or Agility or Barnhunt, or to try a herding instinct, or even just receive a Canine Good Citizen Award from the AKC. Registration helps the AKC track breed statistics and leaves your options open for fun things to do with your girl. 


Q: National Sweepstakes Eligibility. We have a puppy that we would like to show in the Sweeps at the Nationals this year. He was born on November 4, 2015. The National Sweeps last year was on May 4, 2016 when he would have been exactly 6 months old. He was not shown last year. This year the Sweeps are on May 3, one day shy of our dog being 18 months. Would he be eligible this year? 


A: Yes, he is eligible to show. When the nationals dates would preclude a puppy being eligible either year we allow the extra eligibility, but we don’t adjust it down the other direction. 


Q: Is there an update on when the shopping site will be back up? I did contact the email contact, but did not receive a reply. Thanks.


A: No ETA when the page will be back up as the inventory is still ongoing. Make sure that you are sending your email to If people know what specific item they are looking for, we can make arrangements to get it for them.  


Q: I have a question about membership fees. If a person joins the club and their membership starts near the end of the membership year, is the fee pro-rated since there would only be a short time left before needing to renew the membership for the upcoming year? Thank you.


A: We don’t prorate, but we do one better. We apply the dues paid for the entire next year. Per our Standing Rule C-17:

Any new member application received on or after January 1 will not be billed for dues renewal until July of the following calendar year. The date received will be the date both the application and payment are received by the Membership Chairman.


Our dues period is July 1st through June 30th each year.


Q: Where can I find a list of supported entry shows for 2018? Which shows are Club or regional specialty supported entries?


A: You can see upcoming events on our Event Calendar. Supported shows are generally posted about six months in advance. Members are encouraged to also send details of regional specialties and other events that Cardigan folk would be interested in. 


Q: I applied for membership in November and sent a check dated November 8th 2017. I was wondering what the status of the application is and what I need to do to if there are missing portions;
thank you


A: Your application was posted on the members section of the website in early December. An account was created on the members section with your e-mail address as your user name at that time, and an automatic e-mail was generated to  notify you. As we received no challenges to your membership, it became effective on February 5th.


We note that you have not yet logged into the members section of the website. Members and applicants: please make sure to check your spam folder for e-mail from or from


Q:  have some questions on colors and breeding that aren’t answered on Cardicommentary nor are they addressed on this site regarding reds, brindles, and blacks. Ken Linacre says that rarely if ever has a brindle puppy been born where one of the parents isn’t brindle. However, I am pretty sure that you can get brindle puppies from two non-brindle parents in some cases.


I want to confirm what I understand about how the genetics of these colors work.


Is there modern information on the breeding of certain colors that could be accessed by newbies such as myself?


A: Brindle is a dominant gene and one parent will need to carry at least one copy of it to produce a brindle puppy. That parent could be black or blue merle with brindle points. Either could produce a brindle if bred to a red. The COE does not allow the blue/red breeding of course, but we are talking hypothetically.


There’s another case that Linacre perhaps wasn’t aware of. A Cardigan can be “clear red” or what some call “pink”. We do have an article/study posted about that. The parent would have two copies of the recessive “e” gene which suppresses the expression of black. In that case the parent would be registered as and appear red even if carrying a brindle genes. Bred to another dog who is not “ee” they could produce a brindle as long if at least one carries a red gene (i.e. both do not carry two black genes).


I went hunting for a good website on color genetics and found this one: It seems very complete.


Q: How do I get a test for DM, Fluff?


A: Here are links to those I have experience with:



DDC Veterinary


Paw Prints Genetics:

I hope that helps!


Q: My frien Eileen Jones has been a member for a very long time she is unable to purchase the calendar now but I would like to purchase one for her. How can I do that? I did not see anything about it on your website?
Thank you


A: It isn't the CWCCA who publishes a calendar.  You are probably looking for the Chesapeake Club Calendar (CCWCC rather than CWCCA).


Here is the link to their website:


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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.

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    August 12 - August 13
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    August 26 - August 29
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    September 25 - September 26
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    October 15 - October 16
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    December 3

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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.