So you want a Corgi?

You have decided that you would like to own a Corgi puppy. Congratulations! Few things are more satisfying than giving a good loving home to a Corgi puppy. Before you go ahead, it is advisable to do a little research to ensure that a Corgi is the breed for you and that the puppy you choose is likely to grow into the happy, healthy companion you will expect it to be. Take time to ensure that you can offer a good home to the puppy.

Are you prepared to...

~ take full responsibility for this dog and all its needs for the next 10 - 16 years?
~ spend considerable time and patience to train the puppy?
~ ensure that the dog is always safe in that it is not able to run loose and is always contained in a safe and secure garden?
~ ensure that the dog gets enough attention and exercise?
~ spend the money it takes to provide proper veterinary care should the need arise, not limited to the necessary vaccinations?
~ become educated about the proper care of the breed, training and general well-being of the dog?
~ take the time and trouble to read some of the many books available on canine care in general and Corgis in particular?
~ keep the breeder informed and up to date on the welfare of the dog and any problems that arise?
~ tolerate the trials of puppyhood and each difficult stage thereafter?
~ accept responsibility for the dog despite inevitable life changes such as new babies, moving into a new environment where pets are not allowed, emigrating, divorce etc?
~ resist impulse buying and exercise the patience to make a responsible choice?

If you have answered YES to ALL of the above, you are ready to start contacting responsible breeders.

All responsible breeders have a waiting list for puppies and will not breed unless there are suitable homes already lined up, so you must be prepared to wait.

Remember, the right dog is worth waiting for!

Do not be in a hurry to get your puppy. Take your time, learn as much as you can. Responsible breeders are expected to produce puppies of a high standard. They are entitled to basic respect and courtesy from the people they are trying to please. Always be on time for your appointments and always be honest in explaining your lifestyle, where the puppy is going to live, your experience with dogs and your knowledge of the breed.

You may know of someone who has purchased a pet-shop or pet-vendor puppy without incident. However, it is prudent to remember that puppies sold from these sources often have health or temperament problems because of indiscriminate breeding from unregistered stock. Responsible breeders do everything in their power to screen for and eliminate health and temperament issues. They will also give you all the advice and support you will need for the care and welfare of your puppy.

Your puppy will be part of the family for many years so take your time in your initial enquiries and make use of the following guidelines:

~ Questions to ask a breeder
~ Questions a responsible breeder will ask you