AKC GAZETTE SEPTEMBER 2012
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column
With the advent of the new online format for the Gazette comes more change.After many years, Jennifer Roberson has passed the responsibility for the breed column to us, Cynthia Smith and Jeff Welch. Many thanks to Jennifer for all her past efforts!
We have had Cardigans since the late 1970s and became smitten with the breed like so many others. Breeding under the prefix Cymbrogi (Welsh for “companions of the heart”), we enjoy competing in conformation, participating in Corgi rescue, writing on health issues,and researching the fascinating history of the Cardigan breed.We live on a small tree farm and wildlife refuge in rural North Carolina and are members of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America.
To begin our tenure as breed columnists, we wanted to take you back to the earliest days of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi in America.The breed was first recognized by the AKC in the early part of the last century,and two seminal articles from W. Lloyd Thomas were published in the October and November 1935 issues of the AKC Gazette.
As it has been almost impossible to find legible copies of the original, the AKC has graciously retrieved these articles for the fancy.A huge thank-you goes out to AKC Librarian/Archivist Craig Savino and Breed Columns Editor Arliss Paddock for their help in retrieving these unique documents!
Excerpted below, the full October 1935 article is currently available for download and printing at the CWCCA website (see below), giving anyone interested in the breed full access to a unique view of early Cardigan history.
In merging history with the new online format, we truly hope to bring you “Back to the Future”!
Excerpted from the October 1935 Gazette:
What the Modern Corgi Owes to Its Cardigan Ancestors, by W. Lloyd-Thomas.
The road which leads back to the true facts relating to the early history of the corgi is one which yearly becomes more difficult for the newcomer to tread. Soon, alas, the direct route will be forever closed.Time continues to take its remorseless toll of those fine old hillmen who, in their boyhood days, knew the corgi as it was before modern progress and invention between them had brought the breed to the verge of annihilation. While those who remain are now so aged that with hardly an exception their memories have grown clouded. Soon these will have passed on, taking with them the last of our direct links with early corgi history; for it is a history which cannot be found in books but must be sought laboriously among the dogs themselves, the rugged hills which so long were their only home, and the human inhabitants of those hills.
-Jeff Welch and Cynthia Smith
First published in the AKC Gazette Digital Edition, September 2012.
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