Guide to Corgi 4.
Locating a Reputable Breeder
NOTE: this chapter is not about how to breed the Corgi, rather it is all about how to care for each stage of the dog's life.
Although a good breeder cannot guarantee the lifelong health of any puppy, they should easily be able to provide a prospective Corgi guardian with plenty of information about the health of the puppy's parents.
Prospective guardians should ask the breeder what sort of health tests have been carried out on the parents of a puppy they may be considering purchasing.
For instance, a reputable breeder will have had their breeding dogs tested for hip. thyroid, eye, or other problems inherent in the breed and prospective puppy purchasers should always inquire about possible congenital problems the parents or grandparents of the puppy might have, including any premature deaths.
Meet the Parents
Meeting the mother and father of your new Corgi puppy can tell you a great deal about what the temperament and demeanour of your puppy will likely be when they grow into adulthood.
The Corgi puppy’s personality or temperament will be a combination of what they experience in the early days of their environment when they are in the breeder's care, and the genes inherited from both parents.
Visiting the breeder several times, observing the parents, interacting with the puppies, and asking plenty of questions will help you to get a true feeling for the sincerity of the breeder.
The early environment provided by the breeder and the parents of the puppies can have a formative impact on how well your puppy will ultimately behave as an adult dog.
Questions to Ask a Breeder
Get to know your breeder by asking them why they decided to breed the Corgi and how long they have been breeding.
Ask if the breeder will permit you to visit their facility and will they give you a tour?
Ask the breeder if they own both breeding parents, or if they do not, ask if they are familiar with, or have worked closely with both parents of the Corgi puppy you may be considering.
Ask how often the breeder allows the females and males to breed and reproduce.
Ask if the breeder will allow you to see the other dogs in the kennel and notice whether the kennel is clean, well maintained and animal friendly.
Will the breeder permit you to see other adult dogs, or other puppies that the breeder owns, socialize together?
Pay attention to whether the breeder limits the amount of time that you are permitted to handle the Corgi puppies. A reputable breeder will be concerned for the safety and health of all their puppies and will only permit serious buyers to handle the puppies.
Check to find out if the breeder is registered or recognized by your local, state or national breed organization.
a) Medical Questions
Every reputable breeder will certainly ensure that their Corgi puppies have received vaccinations and deworming specific to the age of the puppies.
Always ask the breeder what shots the puppy has received and when it was last dewormed and ask for the name of the breeder's veterinarian.
If you discover that the breeder has not carried out any of these procedures or they are unable to tell you when the last shots or deworming was carried out, look elsewhere.
Also ask to see the breeder’s veterinarian report on the health of the puppy you may be interested in purchasing, and if they cannot produce this report, look elsewhere.
b) Temperament Questions
You will want to choose a puppy with a friendly, easy going and congenial temperament and your breeder should be able to help you with your selection.
A good breeder will have noticed personality and temperament traits very early on in their Corgi puppies and should be able to provide a prospective purchaser with valuable insight concerning each puppy's unique personality.
Also ask the breeder about the temperament and personalities of the puppy’s parents and ask what they have done to socialize the puppies.
Ask how old the puppies must be before they can be taken to their new homes. If the breeder is willing to let their puppies go any earlier than 10 weeks of age, they are more interested in making a profit than in the health of their puppies. Always be certain to ask if a Corgi puppy you are interested in has displayed any signs of aggression or fear, because if this is happening at such an early age, you may experience behavioural troubles when the puppy becomes older.
c) Guarantee Questions
A reputable Corgi breeder will be interested in the lifelong health and wellbeing of all their puppies and good breeders will want you to call them should a problem arise at any time during the life of your Corgi puppy.
As well, a good breeder will want you to return a puppy or dog to them, if for some reason you are unable to continue to care for it, rather than seeing the dog go to a shelter or rescue facility. If the Corgi breeder you are considering does not offer this type of return policy, find one who does, because no ethical breeder would ever permit a puppy from one of his or her litters to end up in a shelter.
d) Return Contract
Reputable breeders offer return contracts. They do this to protect their reputation and to also make sure that a puppy they have sold that might display a genetic defect will not have the opportunity to breed and continue to spread the defect, which could weaken the entire breed.
Many breeders also offer return contracts because purchasing a Corgi puppy from a breeder can be an expensive proposition, and if you find out that the puppy has a worrisome genetic defect, this could cost you a great deal with respect to unexpected veterinarian care. In such cases, most good breeders offer a return policy, and will be happy to give you another puppy.
Ask the Corgi breeder you are considering providing you with testimonials from some of their previous clients, and then actually contact those people to ask them about their experience with the breeder, and the health and temperament of their Corgi dog.
A good breeder has nothing to hide and will be more than happy to provide you with testimonials because their best recommendation is a happy customer.
f) Breeder Reputation
The Internet can be a valuable resource when researching the reputation of a Corgi breeder. For instance, you will be able to post on most forums discussing breeders to quickly find out what you need to know from those who have firsthand experience.
Also, be prepared to answer questions the breeder may have for you, because a reputable breeder will want to ask a prospective purchaser their own questions, so that they can satisfy themselves that you are going to be a good caretaker tor their puppy.
First, do your homework about the Corgi breed and then carry out as much research as possible about the specific breeder you are considering before making your initial visit to their facility.
The more information you have gathered about the Corgi breed, and the breeder you are considering and the more information the breeder knows about you, the more successful the match will be.
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