Owning a Pembroke Welsh Corgi : Breeder Recommendations
If you are thinking about a new family pet, and looking for one that is intelligent, good with children, and extremely loyal, we would recommend that you consider the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. This small, working dog is energetic, making a good watchdog for family and home.
Things to Know Before Getting a Pembroke Welsh Corgi
One of the first things you should consider is whether the breed you choose fits into your home and lifestyle. With the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, size should not be a problem because this is one of the smaller dog breeds. However, the Pembroke has always been a working dog, so it is important to provide this pet with plenty of exercise, daily walks, or a fenced yard to run in.
Now, you will need to decide if you want to bring a puppy or adult dog into the home. In addition, you would have a choice of buying from a reputable breeder or choosing a dog from a rescue organization. With puppies, we strongly recommend you never buy one younger than 10 weeks of age. For an adult, especially one coming out of a rescue organization, plan to be patient in breaking old habits or teaching the dog that you are not going to cause it harm.
Remember that a new puppy takes a great deal of time and patience. During the first few months at home, you will need to housebreak your puppy, teach it not to chew or dig, and provide it with tons of love and affection.
We also recommend establishing a budget of time and money for your new puppy. No dog should be left alone for long periods. Therefore, plan to spend a good deal of time around your pet, helping it become a part of the family. Training and grooming take time and effort, as well, so keep this in mind.
One of the decisions you will have to make has to do with color. For many people, color makes no difference but some people have a definite preference. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi comes in sable, red, and fawn, as well as black and tan, all with certain white markings.
The American Kennel Club and other organizations consider a Pembroke to be unacceptable if the coat is predominantly white or bluish. As far as temperament and trainability, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is generally good with children, though early obedience training is recommended. Sometimes, this breed tries to “con” the new owner, which is why you want to be prepared to set limits.
When it comes to training a Pembroke, most new owners find that a well-bred puppy is obedient, especially if socialized by the breeder in the first weeks of life. Socialization is very important, because a breeder spends time with the puppies to make sure they are comfortable with humans and other dogs.
The best option in this case is to talk to the breeder. Obviously, this person would have spent ample time observing the different puppies, thus being able to point you to one or two that meet your expectations best.
Finally, determine if American Kennel Club (AKC) registration and/or pedigree are important to you. For instance, if you plan to breed or show your new dog, then these certifications would be invaluable.
However, if you were buying a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy for a companion, it might not matter as much. It is important that you also check the puppy’s bloodline, looking for Grand National Champions and tight ancestry, again if show and breeding are important.
Read More About Pembroke Welsh Corgi
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