Where to Find a Corgi
So, you decided that a Corgi will fit in well with your lifestyle and family? Great! Now lets discuss where you can find one of your own.
Don’t Go There!
Because it is so important, I’m going to start with where you should NOT go to find a Corgi. You should not buy a Corgi from a pet store. Pet stores buy their puppies from puppy mills, whose sole intention is to make money off the sale of a puppy. Puppy mills do not take the health and well being of the dogs into consideration and most puppy mill dogs are sick and have unstable temperaments. Puppy mill bitches live only to breed and spend their entire life in a cage, forced to have litter after litter. When they are no longer able to provide puppies, they are usually inhumanely euthanized. The Corgi puppy in the pet store window may look happy and healthy, but don’t be fooled into thinking it was raised with it’s best interests in mind. Another place to avoid when buying a Corgi puppy is from a “backyard breeder” whose pet either gets bred by accident, or who breeds on purpose for a variety of reasons – a desire to make extra money, for example, or to let the children witness “the miracle of birth.” The animals involved are usually not tested for genetics or health.
If you want an older Corgi, start by visiting the Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed rescue groups. Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Rescue Trust (CWCNRT) and the PWCCA – Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, Inc. They will have lists of older Corgis that are looking for a “forever” home. Another place to look for an older Corgi is on PetFinder.com which is a listing service from dog rescue groups all over the United States.
If you want a Corgi puppy, the place to start is on the official American Kennel Club website. Their motto of the responsible breeder of purebred dogs is “Breed to Improve.” They believe responsible breeders know to avoid “kennel blindness” — in other words, they take a step back and honestly evaluate the good and bad points of their dogs before making the decision to breed. The goal of breeding, after all, is to produce a better dog and a quality pet. Breeders they feel meet their strict qualifications are listed on their website. The AKC recommends puppy buyers begin the search process by contacting the AKC Parent Club. For the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, go to CWCCA Breeder Directory. For the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, go to PWCCA Breeder Directory.
Remember, you are looking to bring a new member into your family who will be with you for 12-15 years! Don’t rush the process just because you are excited about the breed. Take your time and find the right breeder who will help match the right dog to you. I promise it will be worth the wait!