Why Breeding Corgis Is Harder Than You Think

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, or dwarf dog, is a wonderful small dog breed classified as a cattle herding dog in most Kennel Clubs. Its appearance, elongated and very peculiar, makes the Corgi an appealing breed that will raise the curiosity of most people.

Oh, and let’s get that out of our way: the Corgi is Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite dog breed. It is also a very smart breed as Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs had the Corgi at the 11th position. Our incredible breed was ranked 18th in the American Kennel Club’s list of the most popular dog breeds in America. They were 24th in 2013.

All this number-packed introduction to say Pembroke Welsh Corgis are booming. Social medias and hashtags love putting Corgis in funny pictures and memes. The Corgi’s unique appearance makes it go viral quite often.

Breeders May Lack Knowledge About Breeding Dogs

Hypes and sudden trends are never a good news when it comes to selective breeding. What happens is that nowadays, the general public loves Corgis thanks to their peculiar looks and lovely temperament. What will ill-intentioned breeders do? Exaggerate what people like.

Instead of having the perfectly balanced and very healthy working dog we have today, many breeders will make it smaller (and soon you will read about teacup corgis) and the sausage look will get overemphasized.

Readers on this article clearly don’t belong to this group of unethical Corgi breeders but you will eventually suffer from them, too. Why? Simply because the general public isn’t knowledgeable enough. People will pay a premium price for exaggerated Corgis, and you will have plenty of your own healthy puppies unsold.

You will incur extra costs you never thought you would have, and you will have to keep these pups or sell them to family at a heavily discounted price. Not because you want to, but because you have to. And it hurts, a lot.

Health-wise and because of its unique looks, Corgis are prone to canine hip dysplasia and intervertebral disc disease. Ask your vet for X-rays in order to find out what is your Corgi’s hip score. To a lesser extent, the Corgi breed can be victim of epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, and urinary stones.

It’s overall a rather healthy breed besides a few structural worries resulting for the breed’s unique appearance and build.

It Hurts To See Your Corgi Puppies Go

Ask any dog breeder out there what is the hardest part of breeding dogs and they will tell you, “seeing them leave.”

Imagine organizing a wonderful breeding between your female and a matching stud. She successfully gets pregnant, and you care for her throughout the 63 days of pregnancy. She eventually gets into labour and give birth to each one of those beautiful newborn Corgi puppies.

On average, Corgis will give birth to six to eight pups. Each one will become like a child to you. You will handle each one of them daily, take their weight, observe their growth, bring them to the vet for checks, make sure each one eats enough, and so on.

Few weeks later, they are old enough to play with you and your family. They will follow you around the house. You will have a favorite, two maybe. Your partner will have other favorites. You will start wondering whether or not you should keep one corgi puppy with you. But you cannot, it’s too much of a commitment and it’s an emotional reaction rather than a well thought out decision.

People come to see them and choose the one they want to take home when they are over two or three months. You are doing your best to screen each person aspiring to be one of your pup’s forever home. Then you’ve got each family locked and everything is going well.

A few weeks later, each family comes to pick up their little fur baby. And it hits you. You really got attached to this army of little Corgis. It will be very hard to overcome, trust me. You eventually will, but you may not desire a repeat. You will join the club of the one-litter breeders.

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