Ever since we got our first corgi, we have loved and breed and wanted to preserve it. We have done our best to improve our corgis with each and every litter. We strive to breed to the AKC breed standard with great temperament, trainability, and a loving demeanor. A pembroke should never be shy nor viscous. Our program works to create family dogs that you can love and enjoy being with for years to come.
We are a family of 8 living near LaGrange WY. We farm, ranch, and raise black angus cattle, quarter horse, lambs and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Our kids are actively involved in 4H as well as AKC junior showmanship and all help socialize and show the puppies.
Our main goal is to always produce sound healthy puppies that meet breed standard! We have chosen to breed in order to preserve the traits we dearly love about this breed, while also improving the lines and individuals in our care. Our goal when having a litter is always to produce a little who carry forward the good traits of the parents, such as a beautiful head, great movement, or herding ability while at the same time improving flaws. Matings are carefully planned with our studs and also outside studs to correct flaws and improve the health of the breed. We must be very honest about our dog's flaws and virtues to actually see improvements, which is one reason we take showing so seriously. Breed type describes characteristics that distinguish one breed from another. We want to make sure we are preserving these important traits that we all so dearly love about pembroke welsh corgis for the future of the breed.
(To learn more about what preserving a breed means, click here). If we are not careful when breeding, the breed can drift and look or act nothing like a corgi in a very short amount of time.
Sound structure impacts all dogs, no matter their role in life. Angulation - the size, length, and angles of the bones in your dog's shoulders and hips govern how effortlessly your dog moves, and if your dog feels any pain during movement. Better structure allows a better gait, and a better chance of remaining sound and comfortable into old age. A balanced dog will be more sound than an unbalanced dog, even if the angles aren't quite ideal. A dog with poor angulation or structure is more likely to be seriously injured. A well built dog will move with less effort and strain than a poorly built dog.
The AKC breed Standard states "Correct type, including general balance and outline, attractiveness of headpiece, intelligent outlook and correct temperament are of primary importance. Movement is especially important, particularly as viewed from the side. A dog with a smooth and free gait has to be reasonably sound and must be highly regarded!
The AKC website states "Among the most agreeable of all small housedogs, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a strong, athletic, and lively little herder who is affectionate and companionable without being needy. They are one of the world's most popular herding breeds" We find this to be very true for our dogs, and a correct disposition is very important to us. We want a bold puppy who is interested in new things, not a timid shy or aggressive puppy.
Corgis are a herding breed, and we do select for this trait! We like all of our stock to pas the herding instinct tests at a minimum and plan to further in the training on those with the most drive. This does not make them more likely to chase or nip if they have the correct temperament!
To ensure we are raising the healthiest puppies possible, we do OFA hips as well as OFA CERF eyes through a licensed ophthalmologist as required by the parent club. We do follow the PWCCA code of ethics when breeding, and also test our breeding adults for DM and vWD1, as well as OFA elbows and basic cardiac. There is no reason every breeder, even those who don't show, shouldn't be testing their dogs before breeding and following the breed club code of ethics.
Why is showing important for a breeder?
The official term for dog shows is "conformation" - as in the act of conforming to or producing conformity. Dogs are not being compared to each other, rather they're being measured by how closely they conform to the standard of their particular breed. The closer a dog's appearance is to the breed's standard, the better that dogs ability will be to produce puppies that meet the standard(taken from AKC website). If a dog is reasonably sound and lacking major faults, he should be able to receive his conformation title, meaning judges think he meets the standard, and herding tests their natural instinct - the original purpose of the breed. While our heart is in the whelping box with moms and babies, and the planning of the next generation, showing is how we test our efforts and measure our progress. If a dog we are actively showing continues to be awarded by multiple judges, we know that he has enough breed type to contribute to the breed. On the same token, if we are showing a dog we are very fond of but the judges never find this dog, it gives us a reason to reevaluate our stock and prevents us from becoming "kennel blind"
As breeders we are like the builder of a home. We plan the breeding then try to find the puppy who got all the desirable traits to carry forward. Most breeders will tell you their dogs are beautiful and meet the standard, however anyone can breed a dog, or build a building that doesnt meet code. If we truly believe our dogs are as high quality as we say they are, we will allow them to be inspected, or judged if you will. If a number of judges like what we produced well enough to give them their CH title, and we also feel they can contribute to the breed, only then do we breed them. Sometimes we are able to choose a puppy to again show(test) and carry forward and the rest beome wonderful pet for families who want a beautiful quality companion!