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FAQs: Health Matters

 Corgi Facts:

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are affectionate and smart dogs, originally bred for herding cattle and sheep. Due to their herding ancestry these dogs are quick, agile, fearless and independent. They respond very well to training and can make vigilant watch dogs.


They require a lot of play and energy from their owners but make loyal and loving companions. While normally great with children, please be aware, because Corgis are herding dogs, they may sometimes nip and chase at the heels of small children.


The name "Corgi" is believed to come from the ancient Welsh words of cor (dwarf) and ci/gi (dog) meaning a literal translation of "dwarf dog." While they may be small in stature these dogs have big personalities and definitely think of themselves as big dogs in small bodies!

Breed Standard for Pembroke Welsh Corgis:

Weight Range: Males (26- 28 lbs) and Females (24 - 26 lbs)

Corgis are prone to becoming overweight with too much feeding. This additional weight adds stress to their compact spines and can lead to health problems. We advise you to speak to your vet or a board certified Veterinary Nutritionist about your Corgis (or any of your furry friends) dietary needs. You can find a list of certified Nutritionists near you on the American College of Veterinary Nutrition website. 

Height at Withers: Males (12 in.) and Females (10 in.)

Coat: Corgis have short coats and have a unique double coat that acts as form of insulation against the weather. They come in a variety of beautiful colors including red, sable, fawn, black and tan (with or without white flashings). While they require a nice brushing every so often they are relatively low matienence, although they do shed (we like to call it Corgi Glitter!). 

If you would like to read more about the Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed standard please see the AKC Official Standard.

Genetic Testing of our Corgis:

Gigi, Kevin, and Willow have been tested for DM (Degenerative Myelopathy), vWD1 (Von Wildebrand’s Disease), and EIC (Exercise-Induced Collapse), unless they are cleared by parentage (both parents were clear of the genetic disorder therefore their offspring will also be clear).  These are the genetic disorders most likely to affect Pembroke Welsh Corgis.


Health Information About Our Puppies:

- We do not remove dew claws on puppies. 


- We dock their tails using the banding method, according to AKC Standards for the breed.  We believe in producing pups that meet the standards for the breed, however, if you wish your Corgis to have a tail, you will need to let us know.


- All puppies are de-wormed on a regular schedule and are given all age appropriate vaccines.


- All puppies go to our vet for a 8-week puppy exam and are deemed healthy by our vet before leaving our care.


- Puppies go home with their up to date vet records, including vaccine history, de-worming schedule and a copy of their puppy exam.


- Pups leave with a 12 month health guarantee on all symptomatic, life threatening, congenital and/or genetic disorders/defects. More info can be found in our puppy contract.


- We do not offer any kind of health guarantee on anything contagious a puppy can contract once they leave our care or can be brought on by stress or poor care on the part of the Buyer once they leave us. This includes but is not limited to parvovirus, coccidia, giardia, roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, any illness that can be brought on or caused by stress, viruses or bacteria.


Puppy Feeding and Nutrition:

We do not feed our dogs kibble.  Please read our blog post on our website on raw-food diets for canines.  You will need to let us know upon making your puppy deposit whether or not you will feed kibble or raw so we can transition your pup appropriately. 


All puppies go home with a small supply of the food they're eating as well as a blanket that smells like their mom.

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