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One of our pups finding a cute spot to take a nap.
These are puppies from a past litter and indicative of the type of quality we tend to have.
Important Note About "Breeders" and AKC
Just as I had predicted many years ago, our 'best kept secret" in the canine world is growing in popularity. Unfortunately there are now high-volume commercial kennels breeding Cardigans. They furnish a "cash crop" for national pet store chains and other animal brokers, particularly in the Midwest. Also, what we call "backyard breeders" sell Cardigans strictly for money. They generally have no knowledge of health screening or care to understand structure and proper temperament and socializing puppies. In most cases, these "breeders" have very little practical experience with the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, know next to nothing about the breed's origins or temperament, do not test their breeding stock for health clearances, and haven't a clue about the origins or health of the parents.
All potential puppy buyers are strongly urged to locate responsible, reputable"show breeders," also called "hobby breeders,"with many years of Cardigan experience, and to talk with them about the acquisition of a puppy. In most cases, the purchase price asked by show breeders may be significantly less than amounts asked by commercial kennels and pet stores.
Reputable hobby/show breeders proudly register their puppies with AKC. As an AKC "Breeder Of Merit" I have committed to health screening my dogs, registering my pups with AKC, participate in AKC events with my dogs and belong to a breed club. Other registries just don't stand for the years of dedication in promoting purebred dog activities (conformation shows, herding trials, agility, obedience, tracking etc) and responsible ownership and breeding practices that AKC does.
It is true that most hobby breeders do not always have puppies available, but this is because they believe in committing themselves to only 1-3 litters a year so that the puppies have the benefit of experienced care and full-time love. Hobby breeders do not rely on hired help to care for their dogs. Puppies are individually socialized from birth to prepare them for a brave new world of loving companion families and the show and performance rings, and are not kept in crates and store windows. Keep in mind that once past the "cute" stage, pet shops turn older puppies over to shelters and rescue groups because they are no longer marketable. A hobby breeder keeps the puppies until they are sold or placed, regardless of age.
Please do your homework before purchasing any puppy.
Important Details About Our Puppies
We have a two-page questionnaire/application, and a contract in which pets go on a limited registration only and must be neutered.
Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us (256-660-1331) for our inquiry package to be mailed. Please provide your mailing address and telephone number. I will need to speak with you by phone as well and look forward to getting to know you. We breed top quality/champion dogs with hips checked , eyes Ophthalmologist checked and then submitted to CERF, and PRA (eyes) cleared, as well as DM marker testing to ensure no DM is produced.
I dedicate many research hours and activities to lovingly and carefully choosing mates and raising any babies to the best of my ability. Cornerstone dogs are known for their outstanding temperaments and beauty and have excelled in many venues.
OUR AKC BREEDER OF MERIT PUPPIES:
Have dew claws removed
Are vaccinated (age appropriate)
Are bred from health screened parents
Are de-wormed numerous times (age appropriate)
Are on NuVet immune system building supplement
Are breed by a breeder with Vet Tech schooling and experience
Have been stimulated from birth for optimal neurological development
Are guaranteed to be free from developing DM by genetic marker testing.
The cost for a companion is $1500. I have decided to again open up my show quality puppy placements to select QUALIFIED show homes. They START at $1600....
I NO LONGER SHIP. Puppies MAY however fly in the cabin with you.
I will always be available to help you with any needs for the life of your Cornerstone Cardigan. I can and will take ownership of your dog if anything should happen to you. My contract states that I MUST be given first right of refusal in the event the buyer is no longer willing or able to keep their dog.
We currently produce Tri and Blue Merle colors, but can have other colors occasionally. We evaluate the intended families and temperament-test the puppies so that we can make the best match possible. Choosing a lifetime home for our Cardigans is a very important process. I do my best to select the best puppy for you based upon your lifestyle and request.
No puppy, by virtue of it's color, is any more valuable than any other. They EACH require the same amount of care and sacrifice to raise. For this reason the color of a puppy has no bearing on the price.
We welcome visiting by appointment (this is our home). Actually, we prefer families to visit as much as possible before puppies go home. We'd love to hear a bit about you, your family, your lifestyle, and why you want a Cardigan when you write or call. There are many more questions on the questionnaire.
Since my Cardigans are a 'dear to my heart' avocation, and each one is very special and each family chosen to adopt one becomes extended family, I expect to be able to keep in touch through the years.
Note : Show prospects (for the conformation show ring and possible future breeding) are reserved for screened show homes only. Neutered Pets are eligible for all other AKC activities: agility, herding, tracking and obedience. We do have Champion titled dogs who are advance titled in herding, agility and obedience too! None in tracking......yet!
This is Scout.
He was posed on the piano keys by his family, the Turners. In proper Cardi fashion, he asked " Is this good?"
Based upon the current testing and information available on DM (degenerative mylopathy), and my personal experience with dogs at risk, I will ONLY be doing breedings that result in N/N (clear) or N/A (carrier). N/N being clear(2 normal genes), N/A being a carrier, A/A being at risk for symptoms of DM
That means: An at risk dog (A/A) will ONLY be bred to a clear(N/N)= all will be carriers (N/A)A carrier (N/A) will only be bred to a clear (N/N) =some will be carriers (N/A), some will be clear (N/N)Or clear (N/N) to clear (N/N)=all will be clear (N/N)