I recently decided to join this forum in hopes of maybe finding information that would lead me to acquiring a Pembroke Welsh Corgi pup. I have been looking high and low on the internet to either find a breeder or a rescue group in the state of Minnesota. If anyone has any suggestions, tips or clues on what to do please let me know.
The best place to go and meet other corgi people is a dog show. If you go to www.infodog.com you can search the show info by state. Right now it is a slow season because of the holidays. But it is a good place to go and meet breeders and learn about the breed. You do know they are shedding monsters, right?
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If you're near the cities, there is a big show in St.Paul the 1st weekend in January. Your best bet would be to go to the show, get back in the grooming area and find Corgi breeders/handlers and start talking to people.
If you want to PM me, I have a couple of old show catelogs laying around from the last couple of shows in the Minnesota/Iowa/Nebraska area that I've been to and I can point you in the right direction if you're not wanting to wait until January. There are quite a few reputable Corgi breeders in this area (I'm from Eastern SD and I show/breed Shelties).
You want a breeder who shows and you want a good solid health guarantee that is at least 2 years long. I don't know a ton of specifics on the breed health problems you need to be aware of for Corgi's... but I never mind helping folks who are looking for puppies.
I just saw/met the sweetest Pembroke Corgi at the last show I went to in November. He was in the group ring and a blast to watch as he was totally having the time of his life. :) I like Corgi's a lot... I think if I wasn't a Sheltie person, I would be a Corgi person. :)
Make sure the sire/dam have OFA hips, ACVO/CERF eyes, and are vWD(bleeding disorder) tested.
Expect to pay $800-$1000.00 for a well bred puppy from a reputable breeder,and expect a health guarantee of AT LEAST two years.
There are serious temperament issues in many of the backyard/irresponsibly bred Corgis. Nervousness, instability, biting are a few. Never buy from a pet store and run from breeders who do not show dogs (many show horses and use this to qualify them as a good breeder...NOT).
My dogs are in my house, live w/ my family and children and other animals. They do not live in a barn where if they were nasty, I would never know. You want a breeder who shows, who has dogs as PETS...since that is likely what you want...a good pet.
I have an ad on this site, and appear to be the only show breeder who offers a 5yr guarantee, who microchips and spay/neuters the puppies before they leave and who only breeds OFA/CERF/vWD tested adn cleared dogs. I am also a member of a local and our national club...another important criteria for a reputable breeder who has the best interests of the breed in mind.
I would happily refer you to a breeder. Please do not plan on getting a puppy as a Christmas gift, reputable breeders dont sell dogs as gifts. Another good source for information and for good breeders (not all are good, you must investigate, but its a good starting point): www.pembrokecorgi.org
You can contact me through my terrificpets ad, it is the one that starts out 'BUY FROM A REPUTABLE BREEDER!' I'd be happy to help you out if you truly want a companion you can enjoy for many years. I cannot help you out if you want a bargain, or a christmas gift, or if you want to breed, but there are many that will if that is the avenue to choose.
Most of all, do your homework, and do not be in a hurry, the right puppy will come along if you take your time and insist on a quality puppy from a reputable breeder. We dont crank them out constantly, so sometimes there is a waiting list.
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