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Buying or Adopting a Cardigan Welsh Corgi

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi the right breed for you?

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Review: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Cardigan Welsh Corgi?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No young children in the household
  • Restricted exercise when young – until maturity (at least 18 months old), exercise restricted to multiple short (20 minute) walks, fetch games, and playing with other dogs – no forced running (beside a jogger or bicyclist), no long-distance treks, minimal jumping
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Cardigan Welsh Corgi stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (rally obedience, tracking, flyball, herding); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Cardigan Welsh Corgis are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with heavy shedding
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Cardigan Welsh Corgi to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Corgi, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Cardigan Welsh Corgi?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Cardigan Welsh Corgi be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Cardigan Welsh Corgi?

Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Cardigan Welsh Corgis rank 69th. It surprises me that they rank that high. I virtually never see one on the street. It's possible that most Cardigans are owned by Cardie breeders and dog show exhibitors, rather than the general public. Certainly their cousin, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, is far more popular among the general public.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
You might find a Cardigan Welsh Corgi available from a Dog Rescue group. But Cardigans are not that difficult to live with, so fewer owners tend to give up on them and dump them into Rescue. Shedding might be a reason to give up the breed, or barking, or dominance issues. Other Cardigan Welsh Corgis are given up simply because of changed family circumstances, and those dogs may have no behavior problems at all.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are rarely found here. Corgi Rescue groups keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. On the off chance that a Cardigan Welsh Corgi turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Cardigan Welsh Corgi from a show breeder, who breeds Cardigan Welsh Corgis to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Cardigan Welsh Corgi from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips

Also, at least ONE PARENT of a Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy should have:

  • a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of a severe hereditary eye disease called PRA.

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Cardigan Welsh Corgi ends up blind and lame from hip dysplasia.

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Cardigan Welsh Corgis are not seen very often in pet shops, but it's possible. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


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