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                             Pembroke Welsh Corgis
                                       
Editor

   Perrine Crampton, pcrampton@worldnet.att.net.
   See also the credits at the end of this document.
   (c) Copyright Perrine Crampton 1997
   
   Revision History:
     * Updated:     August 1, 1997
          + National and Regional Breed Clubs listing to include the
            newsletter and Corresponding Secretary for each of the
            Regional Clubs. ; (Club members and rescue contacts, please
            email corrections to pcrampton@worldnet.att.net)
     * First (more or less) release: August 3, 1995
       
Table of Contents

     * History
     * Characteristics and Temperament
          + Pet and Companion
          + Obedience Trials, Tracking and Agility
          + Herding
          + Conformation
          + Other Abilities
     * Description
     * Grooming
     * General Health
     * Inherited Medical Problems
          + Eyes
          + Skin and Skeletal System
          + Other Conditions
     * Where To Get A Pembroke Welsh Corgi
     * Answers To Frequently Asked Questions
     * Resources
          + Books
          + Brochures
          + Email List
          + National and Regional Breed Clubs
          + Breed Rescue Organizations
     * Credits
       
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History

   Unlike some dog breeds, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi does not have a
   traceable breed history. Its origins are obscured by tales and
   folklore and even contain ties to the wee folk of the British Isles.
   According to legend, two children tending their family's cattle on
   royal lands found a pair of puppies, which they thought were foxes.
   When they brought the puppies home, they were told the dogs were a
   gift from the fairies. Welsh legends tell us that the fairies would
   use the little dogs to pull their carriages or as mounts for them to
   ride into battle. If you look, you can still see the marks of the
   fairy saddle on their shoulders (especially pronounced in the sable
   color). As the little puppies that the children brought home grew,
   they learned to help their humans watch over their cattle, a task to
   become a responsibility for their descendants for the centuries to
   follow.
   
   That's the legend. The more commonly accepted theory traces back to
   Scandinavian raiders bringing their dogs with them to the British
   Isles, possibly as far back as the 9th or 10th century. The Swedish
   Vallhund is seen to bear many similarities to today's Pembroke Welsh
   Corgi and is presumed to have been bred with native Welsh dogs. Any of
   the offspring that expressed cattle herding/driving traits were no
   doubt selectively bred to enhance that skill. It is also thought that
   the dogs brought over with Flemish weavers, who settled in
   Pembrokeshire, South Wales in the 12th century, were bred with the
   local cattle dogs adding the Spitz characteristics that the Pembroke
   Welsh Corgi expresses today.
   
   The name of the breed is as difficult to nail down as is its origin.
   One school combines the Welsh word "cor" which means "to watch over or
   gather" with "gi", a form of the Welsh word for dog. This was
   certainly a responsibility of these small cattle herders and homestead
   guardians. Another ascribes the word corgi as the Celtic word for dog
   and that the Norman invaders thereafter referred to any local dog as a
   "cur" or mongrel. Finally, legend pops up again with the
   interpretation that the word "cor" means "dwarf". Combine that with
   the Welsh form for dog "gi" and you have "dog of the dwarfs or "dwarf
   dog". For many years Corgis (both breeds) were referred to as either
   'Ci-llathed' meaning "yard long dog" (we're talking a Welsh yard here)
   or as 'Ci Sawdlo' due to its nature of nipping at cattle's heels.
   
   The breed was first officially exhibited as the Welsh Corgi in England
   in 1925 and was eligible to compete for challenge certificates in
   1927. Both Pembrokes and Cardigans were shown in the same classes as
   one breed until 1934, when the Kennel Club (British) separated the two
   breeds. The first Pembrokes registered with the AKC appeared in 1934.
   Pembrokes were first exhibited in the U.S. in 1936.
   
   Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, is a longtime Pembroke
   fancier. In 1933 her father, then the Duke of York (later King George
   VI), purchased a Pembroke puppy (Rozavel Golden Eagle)as a playmate
   for his daughters Elizabeth and Margaret. Queen Elizabeth's interest
   in the breed has continued throughout her life, and several lovely
   Pembrokes still grace Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty's interest in the
   breed, coupled with the appearance of a Pembroke family on the cover
   of Farm Journal and the Disney film "Little Dog Lost", helped fuel
   America's love affair with the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
   
   The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is recognized by the American Kennel (AKC),
   United Kennel Club (UKC), the Kennel Club (Great Britain, KC), the
   FCI, the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) and many other kennel clubs
   throughout the world.
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Characteristics and Temperament

  Pet and Companion
  
   The breed standard general description of the Pembroke is: "Outlook
   bold, but kindly. Expression intelligent and interested. Never shy or
   vicious." If there was ever a summary description of the breed, this
   would be it.
   
   The Pembroke is "a big dog in a small dog's suit."
   
   The Pembroke's personality is playful and fun-loving, but also can be
   protective and tenacious. Pembrokes love attention and can be real
   clowns.
   
   The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a very intelligent and versatile companion
   animal. The most suitable home for a Pembroke is with an owner who is
   looking more for a companion than just a decoration, someone who is
   looking for a dog who is as happy going for walks around the
   neighborhood as for romps in the woods.
   
   Though the Pembroke is an energetic breed and eager for new sights and
   smells, Pems are just as content to keep their owners company at home.
   With a modicum of exercise they are just as suited to city life as to
   life in the country. Pembrokes are very people oriented and should not
   be left in the backyard only to be occasionally petted. They are at
   their best when incorporated into full family life.
   
  Obedience Trials, Tracking and Agility
  
   The Pembroke has a pleasant temperament. His intelligence and
   eagerness to please makes for a personable dog who is interested in
   learning, but sometimes not interested in repetitive training. The
   independence of his working dog lineage coupled with his innate
   intelligence means that he can get bored with an invariant training
   routine and therefore needs a variety of exercises to keep his
   interest in a task. Newer techniques using positive motivational
   methods and food training are ideal for the average Pembroke and have
   produced some very good obedience dogs. Their eagerness to please
   their owners, coupled with a tendency to be little "hams" in public,
   is an underlying reason why they do so well in obedience.
   
   Many of these obedience-titled dogs have also acquired tracking
   titles. Tracking is a sport where the dog must pick up and follow one
   person's scent to the end of the trail and locate an article (a
   glove). Advanced tracking complicates the situation by having
   different people lay cross trails; the dog must stay on the original
   one to the end. Most Pems take very readily to tracking, some
   obtaining their first tracking title within months of beginning
   training. Being low to the ground does help the nose work. The newest
   phase of tracking competition will begin in fall of 1995 with the
   Variable Surface Tracking program from the AKC. These tests are
   designed to mimic tracking in an urban environment, over asphalt,
   concrete, grass, etc. Many dogs that assist in search and rescue will
   be the first titled dogs in this event.
   
   Many Corgis (both Pembrokes and Cardigans) have also done well in
   Agility. Agility is one of the newest performance events, requiring
   the dog to run an obstacle course accompanied by its handler, all the
   while competing against the clock. The obstacle course is a
   scaled-down version of the course police or military dogs train on.
   Pembroke Welsh Corgis, along with Cardigan Welsh Corgis, dominate
   agility in their size class, and are as enthusiastic and competitive
   as Border Collies. Pems frequently love agility much more than
   obedience and can be found enthusiastically roaring through an agility
   course barking happily the whole way, or "yelling" at their owners to
   hurry up! USDAA, NADAC, NCDA and now the AKC provide agility
   competition and titles for corgis to compete in.
   
  Herding
  
   The Pembroke is the smallest of the Herding group of dogs. As with
   many other members of this group, the working instinct has not been
   taken advantage of for quite some time, especially in the United
   States. However, it is still in evidence in several lines today, and
   Pembrokes have competed and earned top honors (High in Trial) in
   competition at AKC herding trials, competing with other herding
   breeds. Pembrokes have been primarily associated with cattle and were
   used for that livestock originally but they can showcase their talents
   with sheep, ducks or geese.
   
  Conformation
  
   The Pembroke is a recognized breed throughout the world (after all, at
   one point in time the sun never set on the British Empire) and
   competes in conformation shows on most, if not all, continents. A
   crowd-pleasing favorite due to its showmanship, the Pembroke has been
   a serious group and Best in Show contender for many years.
   Conformation judges compare dogs against a written breed standard and
   evaluate their type and soundness. Many dogs which complete their
   conformation championships also compete in obedience, tracking and
   herding and when not at a show are usually pampered pets.
   
  Other Abilities
  
   The Pembroke, due to his intelligence and eagerness to please, is a
   standout in many other areas of canine work. Pems are often used as
   Hearing Ear dogs, assisting owners afflicted with hearing impairments.
   They alert their owners to important sounds, similar to the way Seeing
   Eye dogs help their owners. Other Pembrokes have become Therapy Dogs,
   friends for older adults in nursing homes or hospitalized patients.
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Description

   The Pembroke has a foxy, intelligent face with bright, merry eyes and
   a frequently smiling muzzle. The ears are erect, with their points
   forming an equilateral triangle with the nose.
   
   The body is relatively long (40% longer than its height at the
   shoulders), with short legs and little or no tail. Colors are red,
   sable, fawn or tri-color (red-headed or black-headed). White collars
   are acceptable, as are white feet and legs, chest, underparts and
   limited white on the head. The coat is of medium length and of a
   double nature, with a thick undercoat covered by a topcoat. Also seen
   (but considered incorrect by Pembroke breeders) are coats which are
   too long (fluffies), wiry and kinky or overly short (also known as a
   flat coat).
   
   The Pembroke's weight should be in proportion to its height. Height
   from ground to the highest point of the shoulders should be 10 to 12
   inches. Weight should be 27-30 pounds for a male and 25-28 pounds for
   a female. A correct Pembroke should not be so large-boned as to appear
   coarse nor to have not enough bone and appear racy.
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Grooming

   Coat: The grooming needs of the breed are minimal, however major
   seasonal shedding may be a drawback for people lacking the time to
   deal with it and should be a consideration when looking at the breed.
   Regular brushing of the coat minimizes loose hairs and Corgi dust
   bunnies around the house. The Pembroke blows coat (looses his/her
   undercoat and sometimes top coat) twice a year, in the spring and
   again in the fall. The easiest way to deal with the shedding Pem is to
   give him a warm bath and comb out the dead hair while the dog is wet
   and lathered. This should be followed by daily brushing for up to 2
   weeks. The exception to the above is the fluffy (excessive ly
   long-coated) Pembroke. Fluffies need extra brushing on a regular basis
   (or periodic clip downs) in order to keep their coat in shape. Since
   their hair is longer it will appear that they shed more. They also
   need to have the hair on their buttocks trimmed to keep the area
   clean.
   
   Nails and feet: Of course, like any other breed, regular nail trimming
   is important to stop the feet from splaying. Hair around the pads is
   trimmed to help keep mud and snow from being tracked into the house.
   The best practice is to trim the nails at least once a week. This will
   maintain the short length and remind your (often times strong willed)
   Pem that trimming its nails is nothing to panic about.
   
   The best tools to use are guillotine-style nail clippers and a
   grinder. Since it is very easy to cut the nail too short (cutting into
   the quick and causing the nail to bleed), many people prefer the
   grinder. The grinder comes in two varieties - with or without a cord.
   This is the same type of grinder that crafts people use for delicate
   sanding jobs and can be found in most any hardware or discount
   department store. The two brands used by most breeders/serious
   exhibitors are Oster (found in most pet supply catalogs) and Dremel
   (found in hardware stores).
   
   Feet: Especially for showing, the hair on a Pembroke's paws will need
   to be trimmed. The best way to do this is with the beard-trimming
   attachment on an electric razor. If you have to do it with scissors,
   remember that the Pem's toes are webbed, and be careful to only cut
   the hair!
   
   Ears: Ears should be kept free of any wax build up. A cotton ball with
   a little mineral oil or Listerine is very effective.
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General Health

   Pembrokes are a fairly healthy breed, but as with all dogs (purebred
   as well as mixed), do have some inherited problems. In a perfect
   world, the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents of a litter
   should be evaluated for possible genetic disease. General information
   on Pembrokes follows as well as a list of possible genetically
   transmitted diseases. For further information you should contact your
   veterinarian and your breeder.
   
   Lifespan: 11-13 years. Some Pembrokes have been known to live to 18-20
   years old.
   
   Males: Average onset age of puberty (6-8 months old).
   
   Females: Tend to have normal length estrus (heat) cycle and gestation
   (pregnancy). Average one heat every 6 months. Tend to be slightly
   older when come into heat for the first time (9-11 months vs. 6 months
   for small breeds). Most are free whelpers (require no help at
   delivery) but increasing numbers of reports indicate more tendency
   toward dystocia (difficult birth). If dystocia occurs, a caesarian
   section is often required to save the life of the dam and the puppies.
   For this reason, breeding Pembrokes should be left to those with the
   experience to recognize warning signs of a difficult birth. No one
   wants to lose a loved pet and, if not recognized early enough, a
   dystocia can result in the death of the dam and puppies. Some dams may
   be slow to remove placental sac or to tend to pups.
   
   Litter size: Average 6-7 (range 1-12)
   
   Birth weight: Average 10 oz (range 6-18 oz)
   
   Dewclaws: Remove all.
   
   Tails: If not born with a natural bob or tail-less, dock as close as
   possible, but not so close as to leave an indentation. Tail should not
   protrude beyond the anus (tail length must not exceed two inches).
   
   Ears: Usually become erect between 4-16 weeks. If not up by 12 weeks
   they should be taped.
   
   Serious faults: Whitlies (excessive white body color with red or dark
   markings); mismarks, (white on back between shoulder blades and tail,
   on sides between elbows and back of hindquarters or on ears, black
   with white markings and no tan); bluies (gray or smokey-red,
   associated with light or blue eyes and light pigment of eye rims, nose
   and lips); fluffies (excessive ly long coat); improper bites
   (overshot, undershot, wry bite); ears not erect.&nbs p;
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Inherited Medical Problems

   (References: "Successful Dog Breeding", Walkowicz and Wilcox, 1994;
   "Inherited Eye Diseases in Purebred Dogs", Rubin, 1989 "Ocular
   Disorders Proven or Suspected to be Hereditary in Dogs", ACVO, 1992;
   "Medical & Genetic Aspects of Purebred Dogs", Clark and Stainer,
   1983.)
   
  Eyes
  
   Cataracts
          One or both lens become cloudy, may involve only part of or the
          entire lens; may progress to total blindness over time: (1)
          Congenital cataracts, present at birth, may be inherited.
          (2)Triangular subcapsular cataracts, generally occurs after 2
          years old, believed to be inherited as an autosomal dominant
          trait with incomplete penetrance. (3) Posterior cortical
          cataracts, generally present by 1 year old, slowly progressive.
          Inheritance pattern not yet proven. Cataracts may be present as
          early as 8 weeks of age.
          
   Persistent Pupillary Membrane
          Pieces of a developmental membrane remain, vary from small
          spots to large connecting strands, therefore influence on
          vision varies with degree of involvement. May disappear with
          age. Is familial, inherited as an autosomal recessive.
          
   Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
          Primary Retinal Degeneration Type I. Death or destruction of
          the cells in the retina (light absorbing layer of the eye)
          which allow vision. Not associated with pain, but will
          eventually progress to total blindness. Generally first noticed
          as night blindness. No cure is known. Believed to be inherited
          as an autosomal recessive but has not yet been proven in this
          breed.
          
   Retinal Dysplasia
          Abnormal development of the retina, may present as folds or
          larger abnormalitie s. The fold version usually is not
          progressive. Larger abnormalities may cause vision problems.
          Sometimes the retina may detach. Detachment will cause
          blindness. Inheritance pattern unknown but believed may be
          inherited as an autosomal recessive.
          
   Rare eye conditions
          Corneal Dystrophy Inducing Vascularization (pigment and blood
          vessels invade the cornea - the clear covering of the eyeball),
          not much is known. Lens luxation: reported in British
          literature but nothing known about problem in US literature.
          Dermoid: also known as a corneal dermoid cyst. A skinlike cyst
          on the surface of the eye, affects one or both eyes, may
          contain skin, glands and hair. The inheritance pattern is
          unclear.
          
   A term you should become familiar with is CERF (Canine Eye Registry
   Foundation) . Owners whose dogs which have been examined by a
   board-certified ophthalmologist may choose to have the results sent to
   CERF and receive a certificate of registration. Please be aware that
   the certificate is only good for one year. Dogs used for breeding
   should be examined within the past year. Many breeders do not send the
   reports in to CERF but should be able to provide you with a copy of
   the original report.
   
  Skin and Skeletal System
  
   Cutaneous Asthenia
          Also known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, dermatosparaxis, dominant
          collagen dysplasia. Defective connective tissue which supports
          and makes up the skin produces skin which is very fragile,
          loose and stretchy, easily damaged. Also affects the blood
          vessels in the skin and may cause bruising and large blood
          blisters. Is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait.
          
   Hip Dysplasia
          Abnormality of the hip joint, may affect one or both sides.
          Clinically may range from changes visible only on x-rays to
          crippling arthritis. From 1974 to 1991 over 1500 Pembrokes were
          evaluated by OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, a registry
          for skeletal disease). Of these, 20.1% were considered to be
          dysplastic based upon their x-rays. The inheritance is complex,
          believed to involve several genes and likely environmental
          influences (diet, rapid growth).
          
          Hip dysplasia (HD) can vary in its effect on individual dogs.
          Some dogs may fail OFA evaluation and never be lame or in pain
          a day in their lives. Other dogs may have disease so severe
          that the hip joint falls apart and live in chronic pain if
          surgery is not performed. Controversy exists when relying on
          OFA assessment of Pembrokes for HD as many dogs with excellent
          movement (even some at 10 years of age or older) cannot pass
          OFA. Young dogs may have preliminary xrays done before 2 years
          old but cannot receive a permanent evaluation number before the
          age of 2. Dogs may not pass OFA evaluation at 2 years of age
          but receive numbers when they are 4-5 years old since if there
          is no progression of disease on the x-ray (only in the case of
          borderline or mild cases).
          
          The Pembroke is a dwarf breed, which may explain the difference
          from larger breeds. Some inherent joint laxity may be necessary
          for proper rear extension during gaiting which is not
          recognized as "normal" by OFA. A newer evaluation system
          (PennHip) has been established. This system measures joint
          laxity and when enough specimens of one breed have been
          evaluated, compares dogs only to others of the same breed, not
          to one standard as OFA does. For dogs suffering from clinical
          degenerative arthritis caused by hip dysplasia, there are
          several options available (both medical and surgical). Although
          it is recommended that dogs not rated by OFA should not be used
          for breeding, Pembrokes (along with the other dwarf breeds)are
          unique and must be considered on an individual case basis by
          knowledgeable breeders. Dogs with a familial history of
          clinical hip dysplasia (arthritis in the hip joint which
          affects the animal's health) should not be used for breeding.
          
   Swimmer Puppy
          Newborns whose ribcage is flattened (back to belly), often
          associated with excessive joint laxity in the limbs. May or may
          not progress. Usually by providing good footing and sometimes
          physical therapy puppies return to normal structure.
          Inheritance pattern is unknown. Most affected puppies are
          usually very large, well-fed, and have trouble getting up on
          their legs and prefer to crawl (hence the term swimmer).
          
  Other Conditions
  
   Cystinuria
          High levels of cystine (a protein) is excreted in the urine,
          predisposes to stone formation. Usually only a problem in
          males. May be inherited as either an autosomal recessive or
          sex-linked (pattern not yet proven).
          
   Intervertebral Disk Disease
          Compression of the spinal cord generally due to rupture of a
          weak section in the disk. Signs include unsteady gait, problems
          with getting up or down stairs and furniture, knuckling over of
          limbs, weakness and paralysis. More commonly seen in breeds
          such as Dachshunds but may be seen in Pembrokes. Treatment
          varies with how severely affected the dog is; from restricted
          exercise to back surgery.
          
   Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
          A progressive degeneration of the nervous and supportive tissue
          of the spinal cord in the lower back region which causes rear
          leg lameness, weakness and eventual paralysis. Often
          misdiagnosed as disk disease, probably because disk disease is
          more commonly seen. DM is usually late age in onset (9 years
          and older). Similar disease occurs more frequently in German
          Shepherds.
          
   The inheritance pattern is unclear, but a familial trend has been
   noticed. No cure is presently available; treatment is usually with
   steroids which may improve the dog's condition temporarily. The actual
   disease is not painful but leg injuries may occur due to inability to
   walk properly.
   
   One early sign of this disease (and disk disease) is an inability of
   the dog to right its paw when knuckled over. The disease is
   progressive, taking (generally) 6 months or longer to result in rear
   limb paralysis with loss of bladder and bowel control. If the
   degeneration spreads upward along the spinal cord, difficulty in
   breathing and even death from respiratory arrest may occur.
   
   Owners can help affected dogs by carrying them up and down steps or
   building ramps, providing traction (rugs) on slick floors, and perhaps
   use of a K9 Kart. Exercise may be of help in delaying progression of
   the disease. It has been recommended that stricken dogs be placed on
   an increasing, alternate-day exercise program which includes walking
   and swimming.
   
   Epilepsy
   Recurrent seizures, onset from 18 months old on. Seizure types vary.
   Inheritanc e pattern uncertain but may be simple recessive.
   
   Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) with Pulmonary Hypertension
   PDA is a congenital defect of the vascular system which allows a
   percentage of unoxygenated blood to bypass the lungs. It is usually
   detected in puppies during veterinary examination by hearing a
   continuous machinery-type murmur. Pulmonary hypertension is high blood
   pressure within the lungs and is a rare component of the PDA disease.
   PDA can be surgically corrected; if left uncorrected the dog will
   usually die of heart disease later in life. Inheritance pattern not
   yet determined, but is familial in Pembrokes, humans and cattle.
   
   Von Willebrand's Disease (vWD)
   Also referred to as pseudohemophilia. Due to defects in the blood
   clotting system (Factor VIII). Has a range of presenting symptoms
   depending on the amount of normal factor present, whether other
   clotting problems are present; varies from no problem to severe
   hemorrhage. Is thought to be inherited as an autosomal dominant
   factor; questions abound whether low thyroid levels complicate the
   situation.
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Where To Get A Pembroke Welsh Corgi

   We recommend that you do not buy a puppy from a pet store or an
   irresponsible backyard breeder. Dogs in pet stores frequently come
   from puppy mills, are not properly socialized and often their
   pedigrees are incorrectly documente d (An AKC registration blue slip
   is not a guarantee of that puppy's pedigree. Such paperwork relies on
   the honesty and integrity of the breeder. AKC registration also should
   not be misunderstood to imply that the dog is guaranteed to be free
   from genetic defects or illness.) Puppy mill dogs also are more likely
   to develop congenital illnesses than are those who were responsibly
   bred. This is because the parents are not checked for the presence of
   genetic disease before breeding. Puppies from irresponsible backyard
   breeders are likely not as well vaccinated or dewormed, nor do they
   come with health guarantees unlike puppies purchased from responsible
   breeders. A responsible breeder is someone who allows their dogs to
   grow to maturity before breeding them, had them checked for inherited
   diseases before breeding, worried over mom and puppies (and
   prospective owners), dewormed and vaccinated on time with quality
   products, does not let the puppy leave the litter until at least 8
   weeks of age, does not breed their bitch on every heat cycle and
   stands behind their dogs until they die.
   
   If you've already bought a Pembroke from a pet store, and its health
   seems fine, there's probably no need to worry unduly. None of this is
   to say that your dog is any less worthy of your love than one who came
   from a responsible breeder! But, as a rule, pet shops are among the
   worst places to get puppies. Just be glad you've given your little
   love a good home.
   
   Please note that "rescuing" a Pembroke (or any purebred puppy) from a
   pet shop will only perpetuate the problem. By purchasing the dog, you
   are helping to create a demand for the Pembroke in the eyes of the pet
   shop owner, inevitably causing him/her to order two more from the
   puppy mill for the next delivery! Dogs condemned to existence (it
   really cannot qualify as life) in a puppy mill are the true victims of
   the situation. Most live their lives in unhealthy, filthy conditions,
   bred each heat cycle until they can no longer have puppies and then
   put to sleep. We all know how difficult it is to see one of our
   beloved Pems in that little crate in the window; but PLEASE resist the
   temptation! Boycotting the pet shop or determining the sire and dam of
   the puppy is a better solution. This information can then be passed
   along to a Pembroke rescue group, who will record the information and
   attempt to notify the original (non-puppy mill) breeder, if any is
   available.
   
   Be careful of those breeders who advertise heavily in the newspaper.
   These people (not all of them) may be breeding many, many litters and
   fall into the irresponsible breeder category. Again, ask questions,
   get a feel for what type of person you are trying to buy a puppy from.
   People who desire a litter just to "make back the cost of the dog" or
   "just want the children to see the miracle of birth" are unlikely to
   be responsible breeders. What type of guarantee will they put into a
   contract (if they even have one)?
   
   The best way to get a purebred puppy whose origins and health you are
   sure of, is to contact the national or local Pembroke Welsh Corgi club
   (or local all-breed kennel club) for a breeder's directory. Inclusion
   on such a list does not mean you should not ask questions of your own
   about the background and health of the parents and puppies or intent
   of the breeder. Preferably you should visit the breeder before the
   puppies are born (because who can resist a puppy, even in a bad
   kennel?). If puppies are not currently available, ask to be put on a
   waiting list. Remember, breeders with reputations for producing good
   dogs (pet, show, obedience, etc) often have waiting lists trying to
   match the right dog with the right owner. Many people will not breed a
   litter until over half the expected puppies are promised. To a
   conscientious breeder, it is more important to have good homes waiting
   than to have puppies needing to be placed.
   
   Don't be afraid to ask questions! A good breeder will also have plenty
   of questions for you (about your home, family, lifestyle, why you want
   a Pembroke). You should feel as if you are being evaluated for
   adoption of a child. This is a life-long commitment and the breeder
   wants to make sure it is right for both of you.
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Answers To Frequently Asked Questions

   _What is the difference between a Pembroke and a Cardigan Welsh Corgi?_
   
     Until 1934, the Kennel Club (Great Britain) classed the Pembroke
     and Cardigan Welsh Corgis as two varieties of one breed. Most
     fanciers believe that the two breeds evolved separately, the
     Pembroke from the Spitz family and the Cardigan from the Dachshund
     family. The theory is plausible, with anatomical evidence to
     support it, but impossible to verify or disprove. Interbreeding
     between the two breeds occurred but was not widespread. With
     recognition of the breeds as totally separate by the Kennel Club,
     breeders gave up interbreeding and the individual integrity of both
     breeds were saved.
     
     The differences between Pems and Cardis are as notable as are the
     similariti es:
     
     Similarities: Erect ears; foxy head; long, low body; intelligent;
     energetic; ability to herd and act as guard dog
     
     Differences: The Pembroke is an extroversive breed, the Cardi is
     friendly but may be reserved with strangers. The Pembroke's ears
     are erect, firm, and of medium size, tapering slightly to a rounded
     point, while the Cardigan's ears are more rounded at the tips. The
     Cardigan is slightly larger and more heavily boned than the
     Pembroke. The Pembroke's feet generally point straight forward,
     while the Cardigan has a slightly bowed front with feet that point
     outward (no more than 30 degrees). One of the obvious differences
     is the tail. A Pembroke has a natural bob or docked tail and the
     Cardigan has a full length tail.
     
   _Why is the Pembroke's tail docked?_
   
     Because the AKC and Kennel Club (Great Britain) standards require
     it, along with removal of the dew claws. Contrary to what some
     people think, tail docking is not a painful process for very young
     puppies. The lack of a tail certainly does not detract from a
     Pembroke's expressiveness. The Pem's foxy, intelligent face can be
     extremely expressive, with a distinct smile when he is happy. Also,
     many Pembroke fanciers find the Pem's tail-less bottom cute (aka
     bunny butt, Pem's behinds wiggle when they walk and when they're
     especially happy)! It remains to be seen how a new British law
     against tail docking will affect the Pembroke standard in that
     country.
     
   _Are Pembrokes good with children?_
   
     They are excellent with responsible children. As with any dog, you
     must teach your children how to treat the dog, and not allow them
     to abuse or tease the dog. The Pembroke is a loving, protective and
     playful companion, ideal for a family that is able to take the time
     to train and play with its dog.
     
   _Do Pembrokes bark much?_
   
     Yes. Pems are very vocal dogs; a typical Pembroke has several
     different sounds, from a low "wuff" to a loud, threatening "BARK!".
     They engage in watchdog barking (such as when someone rings the
     doorbell, or when they hear a suspicious noise outside) as well as
     barking for its own sake. Because of their intelligence, Pems can
     be trained to be quiet on command (although it's much easier to
     train a Pembroke to "speak" than to "shut up"). Teaching a dog to
     "speak" has been known to also train the dog to only "speak" when
     asked.
     
   _Does a Pembroke make a good watchdog?_
   
     To some degree this depends on the individual dog. But in general,
     Pembrokes are excellent watchdogs. The Pem's bark is deep and loud;
     from the other side of a door he doesn't sound like a small dog.
     "The Complete Pembroke Welsh Corgi" even cites a story of a little
     female Pembroke protecting her family by disabling two prowlers (of
     course, this was in 1954, when the bad guys probably were not
     armed).
     
     "In line with his role as a guardian, the watchful Corgi sits
     beneath the baby carriage, minds the toddlers, turns tears to
     smiles, and even separates sibling squabbles." (The Complete
     Pembroke Welsh Corgi)
     
   _My Pembroke made the strangest noise last night. Is it normal?_
   
     The Pembroke's voice is nearly as expressive as his face: he
     typically has several different barks, from the deep, threatening
     watchdog bark to the low "wuff" when he's been told to be quiet to
     the higher, frantic "arfing" when he's excited. Some Pems will also
     engage in a behavior called "reverse sneezing", which sounds like
     pig-snorting or an asthma attack. The dog probably will stop
     quickly; or you can gently cover his nose, letting him breathe
     through his mouth to stop the snorting.
     
   _My Corgi sleeps on his/her back - all four feet in the air! Or, My
   Corgi lies on his/her stomach with one or both of his back feet (pads
   of his feet facing up) stuck out behind him (aka the flying squirrel
   position). Or, My Corgi is allowed on the bed/sofa. When he lies at
   one end, he always rests his head on a pillow or the arm rest. Is this
   normal?_
   
     Yes! These are just some of the more endearing qualities of a
     Corgi.
     
   _My Corgi gets fed in the kitchen. However, he normally takes a
   mouthful of dry food, runs into the living room (which is carpeted)
   and throws the food up in the air and then proceeds to eat the pieces
   one by one. Is this normal?_
   
     Yes. We're not really sure WHY they do it. Theories abound from the
     Corgi not wanting to eat alone to not being hungry enough and just
     eating to please you. However, it seems that almost every Corgi
     does prefer to "grab a mouthful" and trot happily to the nearest
     rug to really enjoy his meal.
     
   _I want to breed my Pembroke. How do I do about doing this?_
   
     First, ask yourself why you want to breed the dog. There are
     several WRONG reasons to breed:
     
     1. "I love my Pem so much, I want another puppy just like him/her."
     The chances of a puppy being exactly like his sire or dam in
     personality, behavior or coat are not high. You're much better off
     to purchase another pup from the same breeder you got your current
     dog from; or to visit several breeders and choose another pup
     you'll love. This option will cost you less money and much less
     stress.
     
     2. "I want to make money." This is NOT the way to do it! Remember,
     many Pembrokes require veterinary assistance and often surgery to
     avoid losing the dam and puppies. This is expensive. Most breeders
     would be happy to just break even on a litter, let alone turn a
     profit. These are people who already have the equipment, experience
     and contacts for breeding a litter. Above all, profit should not be
     the motivation for a responsible breeder.
     
     3. "I want to let my female Pembroke have one litter before she is
     spayed." Actually, spaying your dog before the first heat cycle is
     the BEST thing you can do to ensure a healthy life. This one
     surgery will greatly reduce her chances of developing breast cancer
     and diabetes later in life. Your beloved Pembroke is not a small,
     furry woman with a biological time clock ticking; she is a dog and
     does not feel any need to experience motherhood.
     
     4. "I've heard that spaying or neutering a dog makes it fat and
     lazy." The only thing that makes a dog fat and lazy is overfeeding
     and a lack of exercise. Just as with older humans, a dog's
     metabolism slows down in middle age. This is likely what led to the
     myth of fat spayed dogs in the first place. Spaying/neutering have
     absolutely no ill effects if done correctly . Rather they have many
     positive effects on the dog's behavior and health. In fact, your
     dog may become a better friend after spaying/neutering.
     
     The only acceptable reason for breeding your Pembroke is for the
     good of the breed. If you are very knowledgeable about the breed,
     and your Pem is an excellent representative of the breed in
     temperament, appearance and health, then your dog may be a
     candidate for a litter. Work with a local Pembroke club or
     reputable breeder; they can help you determine if you should breed
     your dog and give you a good idea of the work and responsibili ty
     involved. Remember that many times expensive C- sections are
     required, risking the life of your beloved Pembroke in addition to
     that of the puppies. Breeding and raising a litter is a life-long
     commitment.
     
   _Are there many movies with Corgis?_
   
     Yes! The classic Pembroke movie is Disney's "Little Dog Lost". It's
     not available on videotape, but is occasionally broadcast on the
     Disney Channel.
     
     For celluloid Cardigans, check out "The Accidental Tourist" (a
     tricolor Cardi practically steals the show from William Hurt and
     Geena Davis), "Hot Shots" or "Dave" (a few brief shots of the
     fictional President's two tricolor Cardis).
     
     If you know of other Corgi movie and TV appearances, let us know
     and we'll add them to the FAQ.
     
   _What are the possible coat colors for a Pembroke?_
   
     Tricolor -- most of the body is black, with white markings on the
     legs, chest and head and tan markings on the face and possibly
     legs.
     
     Red -- usually with white markings on the chest, head and legs.
     
     Fawn -- a paler shade of red, also with white markings.
     
     Sable -- a red coat with many of the hairs tipped with black. A
     distinctive skullcap appearance to the face is usual.
     
   _Are there any serious faults I should watch out for?_
   
     Refer to the health and medical information section for possible
     genetic disease.
     
     Monorchid/Cryptorchid -- a condition where one or both testicles
     fail to descend into the scrotum. This can be a serious health
     problem for the dog if the undescended testicles are not removed.
     Dogs with this condition are at a high risk for testicular cancer.
     These dogs should always be neutered; the one descended testicle
     should also be removed.
     
     Faults which are greatly frowned upon in the conformation ring
     include:
     
     Fluffies (exceedingly long coats), whitlies (body color
     predominantly white), mismarks (white markings in an inappropriate
     area), bluies (a coat with a smokey blue or rust color). Any ear
     that is not erect (button, rose, or drop). Do not expect puppy ears
     to be totally erect until 3 months old. Taping puppy ears also will
     help them to stand erect. Overshot or undershot bite, wry bite. An
     improper bite, if bad enough, can be a health problem. Most bites
     are only slightly "off" and experience no problems and make
     excellent pets. Oversize/undersize - any Pembroke which is too
     small or too big (see general health information).
     
   _How will a Pembroke get along with my other pets?_
   
     Other dogs: a Pembroke puppy will likely try to play with them.
     Pembrokes have been known to play-wrestle with dogs much larger
     than they are. This is fine as long as both dogs consider it play;
     keep an eye on them to make sure they don't get out of hand. Use
     common sense when introducing a new puppy into the house where an
     older dog lives.
     
     Cats: Again, the Pem will probably try to play with the cats. Make
     sure your cats have a safe retreat with easy access for them to go
     to when they get tired of being chased. Watch any interaction to
     make sure it does not become too intense. Check the puppy's eyes
     daily to make sure the cat does not accidentally injure them with
     its claws. If you have more than one dog, monitor the action. A
     "pack" response is for the pack to chase the cat and may hurt it
     after catching their prey.
     
     Small mammals: OK if kept in a cage or an adult is present and
     watching. Otherwise, be forewarned that Pembrokes make good ratters
     and a loose rodent may not last long.
     
   _How long does a Pembroke typically live?_
   
     About 11-13 years. Of course, several may live longer if kept in
     good health.
     
   _What should I expect to pay for a pet-quality Pembroke?_
   
     The price will vary from location to location. It may also vary
     depending on the amount of veterinary services already given to the
     puppy. Prices will normally range from $250.00 to $500.00.
     Remember, pet shops will often have the highest prices (up to
     $800.00). Be prepared to pay a little more for a puppy that comes
     with a guarantee from a reputable breeder; it's worth the
     difference.
     
   _What are the best toys for my puppy?_
   
     American rawhide is a good choice (stay away from foreign import
     rawhide which often is treated with chemicals). Pembrokes often
     enjoy a larger rawhide than you would think. Corgi-L members have
     reported problems with some other chewies, most notably cornmeal
     bones (known as Booda Velvets) and cow hooves. The problem with
     these products is that some dogs bite off and swallow large chunks,
     which can cause intestinal blockage and other problems. Smell may
     also be a problem when dealing with cow hooves. Latex toys and
     nylon bones have similar problems with bits of them being gnawed
     off and swallowed. Fleece toys are fine, although expensive. They
     seem not to hold up to the constant damage inflicted by a Corgi.
     Rope toys are good for playing fetch or tug of war, but can be torn
     up if left unsupervised with the dog. One of the best toys for the
     unsupervised Corgi is a small Kong toy filled with peanut butter or
     small treats (freeze-dried liver, hot dog slices, carrot or cheese
     pieces, small dog biscuits). This will keep your Corgi happily busy
     for hours! It's a great toy to put into the crate with a dog that
     licks his feet (out of boredom) when in the crate. The thing to
     remember is that any toy can present a problem, it is best to have
     an adult present when the dog has access to an unproven toy.
     
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Resources

  Books
  
   Harper, Deborah S. _The New Complete Pembroke Welsh Corgi_. Howell
   Book House, 1994.
   
   Lister-Kaye, Charles and Albin, Dickie. _The Welsh Corgi_. Popular
   Dogs, 1986.
   
  Brochures
  
   _An Introduction to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi_. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
   Club of America. 1992, 1994.
   
   _This is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi_. Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of
   Western Reserve. 1993.
   
   _The Corgi Quarterly _Published quarterly. Many good articles with
   many advertisements (photos) of Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis
   throughout the United States. The Quarterly accepts advertisements
   from all corgi enthusiasts. Cost is $40 per year ($44 outside the
   U.S.). Back issues available . The Corgi Quarterly, 4401 Zephyr St.,
   Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-3299 Credit card orders call (303) 9345656 or
   fax (303) 422-7000
   
  Email List
  
   A mailing list for both Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgi
   owners/lovers is at:
   
     To: Listserv@listserv.tamu.edu
     Note that v = V (vee) and l = L (ell)
     
     Subj: put anything you want
     
     In the body of your message, type: SUBSCRIBE CORGI-L Jane Doe
     
   Make sure to substitute YOUR first and last name for "Jane Doe."
   
  National and Regional Breed Clubs
  
   Regional Clubs are _listed in alphabetical order by State_. There are
   other regional clubs out there which have not yet achieved recognition
   by the American Kennel Club. Please note that membership in the
   national club is based on years of experience and demonstrated
   interest in the breed. If seriously interested in the Pembroke Welsh
   Corgi you should join a regional club first.
   
    The National (or Parent) Club for the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
    
   Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America (PWCCA)
          Corresponding Secretary: Joan Gibson Reid, 9589 Sheldon Rd.,
          _Elk Grove, CA_ 95624
          
          _PWCCA Newsletter:_ Subscriptions for non-members are $30
          (domestic) and $36 (foreign, with additional charges for air
          mail). _All subscriptions, address changes and orders for back
          issues should be sent to the business manager_ - _Mrs. Mary
          Miner, 90 Lasher Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020_. Money orders
          and checks (_payable to PWCCA Newsletter_) should be in US
          funds. Editor: Sally Howe, P.O. Box 566, Campbell, CA 95009.
          The newsletter contains articles on health, training, and fun
          with Pembrokes in addition to regional and national specialty
          show results. Many reputable breeders advertise their upcoming
          litters in the newsletter.
          
    Regional Clubs
    
   _Note: the person listed under the name of each club is that club's
   Correspon ding Secretary._ Contact the club closest to you for
   information about Pembroke Welsh Corgis - puppies, older dogs needing
   homes (rescues), meetings, how to join, etc.
   
   The Southeast Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club
          Linda Muglach, 95 Trails End Estates, _Leeds, AL_ 35094
          Newsletter: The Southeast Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club Newsletter
          Subscription is $10. Make check payable to SEPWCC and mail to:
          Linda Muglach, 95 Trails End Estates, Leeds, AL 35094
          
   Golden Gate Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fanciers
          Joan M. Jensen, 2928 Franklin Street, _San Francisco, CA_ 94123
          
          Newsletter: Corgi Tracks
          Published three times per year by the Golden Gate Pembroke
          Welsh Corgi Fanciers. Yearly subscription is $15 (foreign $18).
          Make check payable to GGPWCF Newsletter and mail to: Terry
          Tonjes, 2314 Knight Way, Sacramento, CA 95822
          
   Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of Southern California
          Mrs. Betty S. Ribble, 30310 Miller Rd., _Valley Center, CA_
          92082
          Newsletter: The Guardian
          Published by the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of Southern
          California. One year subscription is $18. Make check payable to
          PWCCSC and mail to: Kathy Dolge, 5381 El Carro Lane,
          _Carpenteria, CA_ 93013.
          
   Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Rockies
          Lynn Kaemmerer, 1 Glenridge Dr, _Littleton, CO_ 80123
          Newsletter: Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Rockies Newsletter
          
          Nancy Junker, 2600 Meining Rd, Berthoud, CO 80513 and Karen
          Supon, 4470 S. Celon Way, _Aurora, CO_ 80115
          
   Mayflower Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club
          Karen Martinac, 16 Paddock Rd., _Rye Brook, NY_ 10573
          Newsletter: The Corgi Cryer
          Published by the Mayflower PWCC. Yearly subscription is $20.
          Mail check payable to The Corgi Cryer and mail to: Salley
          Cooper, 222 Woodchuck, _Harwin ton, CT_ 06791 [They have won
          the Dog Writers Association award for Best Dog News Magazine
          for the past three years!]
          
   Sunshine Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club (South Florida)
          Cathy Dermott, 55 N.W. 209th St., _Miami, FL_ 33169
          Newsletter: Central Themes
          Published by the Sunshine PWCC. For information write: Bonnie
          Hansen,10993 124th Ave. N, _Largo, FL_ 34648
          
   Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of Greater Atlanta, Inc.
          Peggy McFarland, 1749 Lower Roswell Rd., _Marietta, GA_ 30067
          Newsletter: Corgi Chatter
          Published by the PWCC of Greater Atlanta. For information
          write: Peggy McFarland, 1749 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA
          30067
          
   Lakeshore Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club, Inc.
          Fran Tucknott, 507 Falcon Ridge Way, _Bolingbrook, IL_ 60440
          Newsletter: Corgi Capers
          Published by the Lakeshore PWCC. Yearly subscription is $20.
          Mail checks payable to Corgi Capers and mail to: Amy Andrews,
          18105 Kirkshire, _Beverly Hills, MI_ 48025
          
   Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of The Garden State
          Doris McGee, 126 Marsh Cr Wdsvl Rd, _Hopewell, NJ_ 08525
          Newsletter: Corgi Toplines
          Published by the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Garden State.
          Yearly subscription is $10, two years for $18. Make check
          payable to PWCCGS and mail to: _[Note: Editor has changed.
          Please contact Doris McGee, she will forward your subscription
          or advertising requests to the new editor.]_
          
   Gaitway Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club
          Candy Kramer, 27927 Bethel Church Rd., _Paola, KS_ 66071
          Newsletter: Gaitway Gab
          Published by the Gaitway PWCC 3 times a year. Subscriptions are
          $9. Mail check payable to Gaitway PWCC and mail to: Candy
          Kramer, 27927 Bethel Church Rd., Paola, KS 66071
          
   Ohio Valley Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club
          JoAnn Ruehl, 15564 Sangamaw Rd., _Dillsboro, IN_ 47018
          Newsletter: OVation
          Published by the Ohio Valley PWCC. Subscriptions are $12. Make
          check payable to Ohio Valley PWCC and mail to: JoAnn Ruehl,
          15564 Sangamaw Rd., Dillsboro, IN 47018
          
   Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Western Reserve
          Pat Stutzman, 170 Ravenna Rd., _Streetsboro, OH_ 44241
          Newsletter: No Tall Tails
          Published by the PWCC of Western Reserve. Subscriptions are
          $15. Make check payable to the PWCC of Western Reserve and mail
          to: Betty Delfosse/Deborah Brooks, 34681 Iris Lane, _Eastlake,
          OH_ 44094
          
   Green Country Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fanciers
          Jane Walser, Rt.6, Box 891, _Tulsa, OK_ 74127
          Newsletter: Green Country PWC Fanciers Newsletter
          For information contact Jane Walser, Rt.6, Box 891, Tulsa, OK
          74127
          
   Columbia River Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club
          Deborah Scott, 1250 NE 52nd Ave., _Portland, OR_ 97213
          Newsletter: Corgi Currents
          Published by the Columbia River PWCC. Yearly subscription is
          $15. Make check payable to Columbia River PWCC and mail to:
          Vicki Kirsher, 339 Boone Rd. SE, _Salem, OR_ 97306
          
   Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Carolinas
          Frank Adams, 1822 Woodsboro Dr., _Columbia, SC_ 29210
          Newsletter: Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Carolinas
          Newsletter
          For info contact Frank Adams, 1822 Woodsboro Dr., Columbia, SC
          29210
          
   Greater Houston Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fanciers
          Sandi Weberlein, 10143 Cedar Edge Dr., _Houston, TX_ 77064
          Newsletter: Corgi Chronicle
          Published by the Greater Houston Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fanciers.
          For information write to: Mary Ann Parker, 1915 Spillers,
          Houston, TX 77043
          
          North Texas Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fanciers
          Jane Trude, 3029 Barnes Bridge Rd., _Dallas TX_ 75228
          Newsletter: The Review
          Published by the North Texas PWC Fanciers. Yearly subscription
          is $20 per year. Make check payable to NTPWCF Review and mail
          to: Willys Treanor, 1142 Elmwood Dr., _Abilene, TX_ 79605
          
   Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of The Potomac
          Jayne Sutton, 6006 Larkspur Dr., _Alexandria, VA_ 22310
          Newsletter: The Tide
          Published by the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Potomac.
          Yearly subscription is $15. Make checks payable to PWCCP and
          mail to: Ann Phillips, 2850 Daisy Rd., _Woodbine, MD_ 21797
          
   Cascade Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club
          Amanda Reinhardt, 6615 229th Ave. NE, _Redmond, WA_ 98053
          Newsletter: The Corgi Clan Tales
          Published by the Cascade PWCC. Yearly subscription is $18. Make
          check payable to CPWCC and mail to: Carrie Hale, 4036 NE 57th
          Street, _Seattle, WA_ 98105
          
   Pembroke Welsh Corgi Association of Canada
           Newsletter: The Corgi Courier
          Published by the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Association of Canada.
          Yearly subscriptio n is $25. Make check payable to the Pembroke
          Welsh Corgi Assoc. of Canada and mail to: Mrs. Laurie Savoil,
          3000 Dean Ave., _Victoria, B.C. V8R 4YV CANADA_
          
  Breed Rescue Organizations
  
   A breed rescue organization is comprised of a group of devoted people
   who love a particular breed of dog--in this case the Pembroke Welsh
   Corgi--and are dedicated to making sure every dog has a loving home.
   
   A person who works with animal rescue organizations help to find
   loving, caring homes for displaced Pembrokes. Many times healthy,
   purebred dogs are taken to the animal shelter or given up for adoption
   because their owners can no longer care for them. The reasons vary
   from illness, death of a family member, loss of income, new baby, to
   just don't want the dog. This may be an ideal place for someone to get
   a Pembroke, particularly an older dog (housebreaking isn't all it's
   cracked up to be), that needs a stable home and love. Many wonderful
   relationships have grown up between rescue dogs and their new owners.
   Many people only get rescues now that they know about this option.
   
   For more information on rescue dogs contact:
   
     Ellen Childs, PWCCA Rescue Chairperson
     Town Hill Rd., New Hartford, CT 06057
     (203)379-0668
     
     OR
     
     One of the club secretaries listed above.
     
Credits

   All the members of Corgi-L helped to write this document in one way or
   another.
   
   SOME members got REALLY involved and deserve special mention (and HUGE
   thank yous from me!) for their efforts:
     * Carol Campbell, c.campbell@GENIE.GEIS.COM
     * Carolyn Cannon, cmyste@CDSNET.NET
     * Ginny Conway, thesieve@aol.com
     * Leslie Earl, laearl@ucdavis.edu
     * Jody Gregersen, jlg@xpedite.com
     * Kathy Harper, kharper@res.fsu.edu
     * Jill Hart, jahart1@mmm.com
     * Susan Heddleson, ssh@unity.ncsu.edu
     * Jody Hoch, JODY=HOCH%MIS_BMSA%ODHS@NET-COMM.ODHS.OHIO.GOV
     * Leo Horishny, Leo_Horishny@POL.COM
     * Deborah Hunt, HUNT@ECSUC.CTSTATEU.EDU
     * Louise Law, u4imcgll@wescs1.wes.army.mil
     * Char Mano, MaMano@AOL.COM
     * Liz Myhre, MYHRE@WSUVM1.CSC.WSU.EDU
     * Tricia Olson, Olynmawr@AOL.COM
     * Anne Peticolas, petico@io.com
     * Julie Prince, Welshcorgi@aol.com
       
   Cindy Tittle Moore, tittle@netcom.com is the person who was (is)
   responsible for getting this "baby" to the public. Thanks, Cindy!
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    Pembroke Welsh Corgi FAQ
    
   
   Perrine Crampton, pcrampton@wor ldnet.att.net

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