Today is the first ever National Purebred Dog Day . It is a day to celebrate the great diversity of skills bred into our cherished companions, be that herders, hunters, guardians, or just as a friend to snuggle on your lap.
I am proud to say I own purebred Cardigan Welsh Corgis. I know without a shadow of a doubt I bought my dogs from caring, reputable breeders. They are people who test their dogs for health problems, require the dogs to be micro-chipped, and keep in touch to be sure everything is OK. With both Wilson and Jimmy, I signed a contract stating that in the event that I could no longer keep them, I was obligated to return them to the breeder. When Jimmy (at nearly 7 years of age) earned his MACH this past weekend, the first person I called was his breeder to share the happy news. Yes, almost seven years later, and we are still friends, still celebrate this kind of info.
And why did I want a purebred? I wanted the predictability that comes from knowing the breed. I know what size a Cardigan will reach. I also know, as a herding breed, they will be highly intelligent, very trainable and biddable, and have the endurance and energy I want in my dogs. I also know some of the negatives that come with the breed such as heavy shedding due to a double-coat, the potential for back issues, and the fact that since they are herders they have the tendency to chase/nip at moving things. Certainly, Jimmy and Wilson are each unique with their own personalities and quirks, along with a great sense of humor, but the underlying breed traits are there, and are what I was looking for!
I would be more than happy to get a Cardigan from our breed rescues. Fortunately, Cardigan breeders guard their pups like the gold that they are, and have done a great job of keeping them out of the hands of indiscriminate breeders, backyard breeders, and puppy mills. As a result, the waiting list for a rescued Cardigan is a long one indeed!
I am not ashamed to say: