AKC GAZETTE SEPTEMBER 2018 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column With advent of modern technology, keeping records is easier now than ever before. However, just what kind of records should one keep in order to improve the future of our favorite breed? The first thing that comes to mind is pedigrees. The word pedigree, when referring to the canine influence, is defined as “the record of descent of an animal, showing it to be purebred,” and purebred is defined as “bred from parents of the same breed or variety.” Relatively speaking, it seems pretty straightforward. There are some wonderful products on the market today […]



AKC GAZETTE JUNE 2018 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column Let’s face it, if you really want to be consistently competitive in the Herding Group ring with a Cardigan, you need something that makes you stand out from the crowd. If you expect to seriously participate in the group ring someday, you should be watching them repeatedly with eyes wide open. Once you have done so, ask yourself one simple question. What one feature seems to dominate among those that regularly place? The answer is that the top four will have outstanding movement. It is really difficult for an accomplished judge […]



AKC GAZETTE DECEMBER 2017 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column Remember your college days, when the professors pontificated on and on that if you did not understand the definition of a word, you should venture on over to the Webster dictionary and look it up? It’s a good habit to have. Therefore, as we think about the definition of a dog breeder, it is apparently time to open the book or at least do some theoretical research on the subject. With the world practically at our fingertips these days, let us see just what the definition of breeder is. Noun: breeder; […]



AKC GAZETTE MARCH 2015 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column “What’s the difference between Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Pembroke Welsh Corgis?” is the question most frequently heard at Corgi booths at AKC Meet the Breeds events. Many people know that Cardigans have tails, and some recognize that our dogs have larger, more rounded ears, and a few are even aware that they “come in more colors”—but there is much more to distinguish the two breeds. After several years of fielding this question on the fly, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America decided it was time to coordinate and standardize our […]



AKC GAZETTE DECEMBER 2014 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column  Our guest columnist is breeder judge Mr. Jon Kimes Few who are new to the dog world can appreciate the amount of knowledge and skill required to develop into a successful long-term breeder and exhibitor. The enormity of the path from “here” to “there” can only truly be appreciated by those who have persevered over many years to attain the kind of foundation required to enjoy continued success. At the same time, it seems there is no recipe, no formula, no tried-and-true procedure to develop a neophyte into an accomplished dog person. In revisiting this topic in my mind recently, I reviewed […]



AKC GAZETTE SEPTEMBER 2014 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column The following was written by Jennifer Roberson. I have often touted the loving, devoted nature of the Cardigan, and how he makes a wondrous companion for families and individuals. One thing Cardigan owners and breeders deal with on a regular basis, however—at shows, walking in a neighborhood, and elsewhere—is an invitation to explain the breed’s temperament and personality. For the purposes of this column, I’m going to define temperament as the definition of the breed’s general attitude, and personality as to how each individual Cardigan navigates the world. According to the […]



AKC GAZETTE MARCH 2014 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column In many breeds, the topic of size (too large or too small) comes up frequently and Cardigans are no exception. Such conversations can turn acrimonious when it comes to discussions of the breed. The current AKC standard states that ideally, dogs should be from 30 to 38 pounds; bitches from 25 to 34 pounds and that “Overall balance is more important than absolute size”. However, the first AKC Cardigan standard published in 1938 lists the preferred weights as dogs from 18-25 pounds and bitches from 15-22 pounds. So what happens when […]



AKC GAZETTE SEPTEMBER 2013 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column Cardigan breeders and breeder judges often say, “The front is the hallmark of the breed.” Yet the front seems to be the part that is the most difficult to “get.” The correct Cardigan front is not out atthe elbows; the ankles don’t collapse inward; the paws shouldn’t turn out beyond 30 degrees; the chest is not flat between the legs; the legs are not straight and set far apart. The prosternum is not flat, the shoulders are not straight, and the prosternum and the elbow should not be so close together that […]



AKC GAZETTE MARCH 2012 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column I have often touted the loving, devoted nature of the Cardigan, and how he makes a wondrous companion for families and individuals. One thing Cardigan owners and breeders deal with on a regular basis, however—at shows, walking in a neighborhood, and elsewhere—is an invitation to explain the breed’s temperament and personality. For the purposes of this column, I’m going to define temperament as the definition of the breed’s general attitude, and personality as to how each individual Cardigan navigates the world. According to the standard, the Cardigan’s temperament should be even-tempered, loyal, affectionate, and adaptable. Never shy […]



AKC GAZETTE SEPTEMBER 2011 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column Thanks to breeder Rita Hellegers, of Cornerstone Cardigans, for her guest column this issue. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is first and foremost a herding dog. He should be smooth, efficient,and powerful in motion. Whether or not he ever herds, he should have the strong, basic herding-dog temperament—that is, he should be intelligent, easily trained, good with other animals, and willing, loyal,and affectionate. Which should come first as we choose our next generations?We want a Cardigan to look like a Cardigan (type), but as breeders we always must consider that he is a […]