The Welsh corgi is an agile, sturdy, extremely loyal and obedient, small herding dog. A popular breed among dog show owners and best known for its trainability, it makes for an excellent pet for children. It lives healthily from its puppy years to its mid-teens. There are two breeds of a Welsh corgi, the Pembroke and the Cardigan. Primarily, the Cardigan corgi has a longer fox-like tail while the Pembroke corgi has a stubby tail. Perhaps the most famous of Pembroke corgis belong to Queen Elizabeth II – she has four cute ones, and the royals have been very fond of the breed since the early 1900s.
If, like the Queen of England, you choose to have these lovable creatures as your pet, it is important to pick the best Welsh corgi from the litter. Doing this can be a very fun experience; you will be greeted by a bunch of happily wagging tails, barks and jumps. It is very easy to get tempted to pick the loudest one or the giddiest one. Having the right one for you is very important; it is a long-term relationship that you and your pup will be building. The right time to pick out your puppy is somewhere between eight to 12 weeks. This would have given enough time for the puppies to grow healthy under the care of their moms and to learn how to socialize with its siblings.
To help you make the right decision, here are a few guidelines on how to pick the best Welsh corgi puppy from a litter:
• Your first order of business will be choosing a reputable breeder. There are agencies that may help you find one to get your puppy from the Pembroke Welsh corgi Club of America or a local breeder club in your area.
• Research. If you know a veterinarian or have friends who own Welsh corgis, talk to them to get the lowdown on the breed. You can find out about their quirks and common diseases. Corgis are known to be a healthy and sturdy breed but can be prone to hereditary diseases commonly affecting the eyes, kidney disease and dystocia or birthing difficulties due to a narrow birth passage.
• Look for signs of good health. Check the coat, ears, eyes and nose. The nose should be damp, cool and clean. The puppy should have nice pink gums, as well. Look for a medium-built puppy – they are free of parasites. Check the puppy’s bottom and make sure it’s clean. Check its breathing, too; it may be faster than yours or mine, but it should be steady with no wheezing or coughing. Check for signs of deafness. Make a noise, like clapping, to see if the puppy will respond.
• Look for the playful yet unaggressive puppy. Do not be tempted to pick the first one who jumps onto you; don’t pick a shy one who does not want to be touched, either.
• Chemistry is vital. Spend some time with the litter, perhaps a little one on one time with each if possible. This will give you a chance to inspect the Welsh corgi puppy, as well as to see if you’re in for a good and lasting relationship with your pet.