Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America

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Q and A

Re: Education – Monday, July 16th, 2018

Q: How do I get a test for DM, Fluff?

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




DDC Veterinary



Another I found:

Paw Prints Genetics:

I hope that helps!

Re: Education – breeding colors – Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

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.

Re: Membership – Thursday, March 1st, 2018

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

Re: Other – Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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. Click here to submit an event.

Re: MEMBERSHIP – Monday, December 4, 2017

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.

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Q: I am a CWCCA current member in good standing. How far in advance are National judges selected? Who are the 2018 Portland conformation judges?Thank you very much

A: The 2018 Judges are David Anthony regular classes, Cindy Bossi for sweepstakes.

We are currently doing nominations/preliminary voting for 2019 Sweepstakes and Regular judges and for 2018 Megan judges.  

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Friday, March 10, 2017

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.  

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Q: We might be interested in fostering a cardi that has surpassed cute puppydom. I have already looked at the rescue link…any other suggestions?

A: My next suggestion would be to look on our Breeders Directory. Often a breeder will have a young adult to place: one they kept to show originally. Good luck! 

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Saturday, January 14, 2017

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. 

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Monday, November 28, 2016

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. 

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Monday, November 28, 2016

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. 

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Monday, November 28, 2016

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. She shows behavior akin to 

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’. 

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Q: Ever hear of Rito Alto Kennels in CO?

A: I was able to find the website via Google but have no other information. We can make no recommendations for or against specific breeders.  

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Q: Hi, just need assistance. does anyone knows who is the cardigan breeders in philippines? i really love corgis and planning to take care one of it.

A: We are not currently aware of any Cardigan breeders in the Philippines, but we’ll share this post. Someone reading may be of assistance. 

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Thursday, September 15, 2016

Q: Thoughts: Triathlon 2017- Competitors attaining (more than the 3 Pts. given for participation) would be acknowledged with an 

A: We admire all those owners and handlers who have spent the time training and conditioning their wonderful dogs. Thank you for your input. 

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Thursday, September 8, 2016

Q: Good Morning. I am trying to find a male Cardigan puppy to purchase. I am having a lot of trouble finding breeders with puppies available. Would you have any suggestions? I live in Michigan but I am willing to travel for my new best friend.

A: Our suggestion is to contact all members of the Breeders’ Directory located here. Sometimes a breeder will be happy to refer you to another if they do not have anything available.

Another idea is to attend a show in your area to meet exhibitors and Cardigans (note: after ring-time is best!). You can find a list of upcoming shows by state at

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Thursday, September 8, 2016

Q: Greetings, I live in FL and am looking for judging assignments in Cardigans. I am currently provisional. I have owned and shown four Cardis to their Championships (about 20 years ago). I would welcome any opportunity to judge a large entry. Thank you for your consideration. AKC judge # 94953

A: Thank you for contacting us. We are happy to pass the information along. 

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Q: Any chance of getting a picture posted of our first ever versatility winner? 

A: The new webmaster would love to have pictures to post, either for the front page slideshow or for any of our National Specialties. Send a picture of the dog, registered name, accomplishment, and the year. I have been reformatting all of the National Specialty Result pages to allow for more and larger pictures and at the same time making them mobile-friendly. 

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Friday, September 9, 2016

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: 

Re: Comment – Sunday, July 5, 2015 !  

I read your report on the eeReds – I just wanted to interject that I do hope that they will be available as pets – I lost my dear eeRed Corgi in 2014 and would dearly love to have another some day, but they are rare – we do have two of other colors (sable, blue merle), but he was my favorite! Thanks. 

Re: Website – Monday, June 1, 2015

Q: Could the website please display the locations and dates of future Nationals as they are decided by the Board so that there is always present a full list of future Nationals for members’ reference?

A: That feature has long been available from the home page. Mouse over the menu word ‘Events’ then click on ‘Upcoming Events’ from the dropdown menu. Upcoming Supported Shows are also displayed on that page. 

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Q: Reference the 2016 Nationals in St Louis…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, Obediance, Rally and Agility focused, while Wed-Sat are Conformation centric. There is no parking or admission fee. We’ll be glad to meet you 🙂 

Re: Membership – Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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 ! 

Re: Something else (please specify below) – Friday, September 9, 2016

Q: I am looking for a throw that was offered for sale several years ago. It was a woven throw which included pictures of several cardigans. 

A: Looking into this but we believe these have gone out of production and are quite scarce. Perhaps an individual has one to sell and can post that information so we can connect you.

Response: On your website on February 2nd, 2015, someone had asked about obtaining a throw with several corgis on it. I am able to offer that throw. If possible, can you have that person contact me at my email of 

Re: Comment – Monday, January 26, 2015

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. 

Re: TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Sunday, November 2, 2014

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 

Re: Comment – Saturday, June 14, 2014

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. 

Re: Comment – Wednesday, May 14, 2014 !  

I was your show photographer at the 2014 nationals. The link to view the win shots is:
I will also put up classes upon request. Please contact us at We are having problems with the email. Sorry for the inconvenience. 

Re: Comment – Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Q: 1. Any way to view pics taken at 2014 specialty? (non wins)

2. I was knocked off Show Cardi-L a numbers of years ago by a glitch with AOL. I have ried over and over again to re-up. Is there any way?

A: 1. We are checking with the photographer on the status of posting other than the win shots.
2, ShowCardi-L is not a CWCCA list, Kathy Steele may be your best resource to resolve that, however AOL has long been ‘glitchy’ and does not support other than paid email accounts. Might suggest getting another email address other than with AOL. 

Re: Comment – Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Q: Our family’s first Cardigan Welsh Corgi was named Bo. We never had his papers but his ownership was retained by a breeder in Minneapolis named Bud Reed. All I know is that he was a show dog and did earn ribbons and his mother was pictured in a paperback book about CWC and her name was Nell. Is there any way to find out about his lineage through this group? This would have been in the late 1960’s as Bo died at the age of 14 in about 1970 or 1971.

A: There may be some information in some of our past publications, such as The Cardigan Bulletin and our Cardigan Handbooks. All of those materials are handled by our Ways and Means Chair, Don Lassila . He is well versed and long experienced in our Breed and may be able to offer you some contacts that might be familiar with Mr Reed and his lines. This message may also generate some responses from other readers. 

Re: Comment – Wednesday, January 29, 2014 

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 

Re: Members Section – Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Q: I have sent emails on how to get in the members section with no response. Would love to be able to see what is in the members only section! 

A: On the far right of the menu bar above is a link to ‘Members’ login. On that page, near the bottom are links and information on how to get your login information including instructions about making sure our addresses are whitelisted in your email filters. We received and within 45 minutes responded to your email on May 15. Login information is only sent to the valid email we have in our records and is nearly an immediate response, provided the email address is correct and not blocked by spam filters.

Frequently, we recieve applications with no, invalid or misspelled, or unreadable email addresses. We do our best to decipher.

In reviewing your record, the email was valid in format but incomplete by one letter, an error in data entry at some point in the membership process. This has been corrected and you should now have the information you need. 

Re: Membership – Friday, May 17, 2013

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.  

Re: Membership – Friday, May 10, 2013

Q: I mailed a check and application in February 2013. I have not received any confirmation. Thank you L…

A: We get questions like this from time to time and want the membership to understand the importance of timely sponsor pages, as well as how the process works time wise. 

The membership chairman has communcated privately to this prospective member and they are working toward a resolution. Both sponsors were contacted asking for sponsor pages but only one has responded. 

The application process…

From the time the membership chairman receives an application, check and, two sponsor pages it may take a few months for the processing of the application. The Newsletter deadline for membership is the 10th of odd numbered months. So, if all of the paperwork is received after the 10th of the month it must wait two more months to be published. If at that time the sponsor pages aren’t in, an email will be sent. 

Some members quickly send thier sponsorship form while others don’t. If it gets to the second cycle the membership chairman will inform the applicant and request that they find another sponsor or talk to the first sponsor. 

Once all the paper work is in and payment made, the application is published in the next Newsletter. Note that if all of this is received after the 10th of an odd number month it does wait another two months.

From the date the Newsletter is published with a name of an applicant in it the by-laws give the membership 60 days to comment on an applicant to the membership chairman. If that 60 days passes with no adverse member comments, the applicant becomes a member. 

We make every effort to get Newsletters published on time especially around Nationals time as a member who sends in a complete application between November 10th and January 10th will be published in the January Newsletter. Sixty days puts them becoming members in March which is just in time for Nationals. 

Anything received after January 10th won’t have a chance to make that deadline. This might prevent an applicant from entering a ‘Membership required’ event such as the Megan where one must be a member to show….. so it is very important this time of year. 

Re: Breeders Directory – Sunday, May 5, 2013

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 🙂 

Re: Something else (please specify below) 

Q: I am trying to plan for the 2014 specialty. With regard to veterans–are we allowed to show spayed/neutered veterans at the specialty? If yes, can you tell me what day of the specialty veterans are shown. I know that BOB is on Saturday, but can’t find the day veterans are shown. I just need a tentative idea so I can schedule around my work. Thank you.

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‘ 

Re: Comment – Monday, April 29, 2013

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 

Re: Comment – Monday, April 22, 2013

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 

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 

Re: Something else (please specify below) – Sunday, February 24, 2013

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, carol

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! 

Re: Membership – Thursday, February 7, 2013

Q: [Message Truncated]
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.  

Re: Comment – Friday, January 18, 2013

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 

Re: Comment 

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

A: Welcome to the wonderful world of Cardigans. I will attempt to answer your question but if you have more, feel free to email me.

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 

Re: Comment – Thursday, November 22, 2012

Q: Hi. I am the proud owner of two Cardis. I had sent in an application for membership in the CWCCA the end of August. So….my question now is what do I need to do to become a member? Was my application received?
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A: Your application has been published in our bi-monthly newsletter, Nov/Dec issue. If all goes normally, you should be approved by publishing in our Jan/Feb newsletter. Generally, the Newsletter process begins once the application and sponsor pages are received. Applicants typically are not contacted unless there is a problem. You can always contact the membership chair with any questions or concerns, and your sponsors should also be able to help you understand the process. 

The two largest delays in any application are unreadable or incorrect information on the application and/or delays in receiving the sponsor pages. We are working on improving the member application process. 

Our bylaws provide an applicant with all privileges of membership, except voting. This includes access to our members section where our newsletters are posted online. Your login is created when your application is posted. 

Re: Comment – Thursday, November 1, 2012

Q: I am looking for a 1-2yr old cardigan dog red-white male, can you help me?

A: Our Breeders Directory, located HERE is the best resource for locating available dogs, and we also suggest looking at Cardigan Rescue located at