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    05-17-2010, 12:14 PM
Corgis, anyone?

I'm moving to a new place and I've always said when I get my own place, I want a dog, and I'm in love with Corgis. I just wanted to know if anyone knew of any diseases or porblems associated with the breed [like how some dogs are more prone to hip displaysia, cherry eye, etc.] I plan to save up a ton of money so I can get a registered male puppy from a reputable breeder. I don't want to support a backyard breeder, and I don't want my first dog to be a rescue [although the rest most likely will be.] I'm just looking to do some serious research [everywhere, not just here, lol] in the next few months before I get one. Also, what kind of questions should I ask the breeder? I know in-breeding is common in the dog world, and it can lead to some pretty weird genetic disorders, so how do I avoid that? How do I know it's a good breeder? Anything I should know about the breed?

As a side note, the puppy will be neutered, given all it's shots, and microchipped. I don't care for papers, I just want it register-able so I know it came from a good breeder.
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    07-19-2010, 05:20 PM
Corgi's are adorable! I believe they can have back problems (like dashounds) due to their long backs and short legs. Like most herding dogs, they can be loud, nippy, and will chase anything. Be prepared!

Look for a breeder that does health screenings on their stock. For example, breeds with heart problems, like cavalier king charles spaniels, can be taken to a vet to get them cleared of all heart related issues. Keep in mind that back and hip problems may not be apparent until later in life, so you may want to inquire about the grandparents of the puppy, if possible. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) offers a radiographic screening process for joint deformities. A good breeder might invest in such a test for their stock. Even if your pup isn't screened for health problems, they will still make an excellent companion.

Congratulation for doing your research before getting the puppy!

On a side note, rescue dogs are not all bad. Not all of them come from bad situations or have behavioral/physical issues. There are several Corgi rescues with dogs waiting to be adopted. Remember that litters of puppies get dumped off at rescues and shelters too, so you still could adopt a cute corgi pup.

Read anything by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson. They have some excellent dog books out there--some of the best, in my opinion!

Hope that helps you out a bit!

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