1. When the thought of a (new) puppy starts...
If you have already reached the website of our breed association, there is a direction. Next, it would be a good idea to read both the Jersey and Pembroke breed introductions to make sure which breed is right for you. Be sure to discuss the plan of adopting a dog with your family members as well. Welsh corgis are long-lived breeds, where 12-15 years of life have to be considered, but 16-17 years of life are not uncommon.
He/she is a dog like any other, ie. needs daily handling and maintenance. It is certainly not an outdoor dog that lives outdoors separately from its family, but needs closeness and daily activities.
2. Finding a suitable litter and breeder…
See if there are active litter ads on the website of our breed association and contact the breeder there, or if there is not, you can also write to us at the address given in the contacts. We still help and advise if you are planning to adopt a puppy from outside Estonia (documents, etc.).
What is important to observe if you are likely to find the right breeder/litter for you:
- housing conditions and behavior of puppies. The Welsh corgi is a family dog that lives with the family, ie. the puppies also live with the family, not somewhere in a separate house or separately. This is important for puppies precisely because of their socialization and so that the new owner gets a dog with the most stable nervous system. The puppy needs to be alert (don't mess things up when he's sleepy) and also friendly. Timid puppies that are let out of the shed somewhere - this is the first warning sign that something is wrong! Observe what the mother of the puppies is like, it also reflects the real situation quite nicely.
- parents of puppies and information about them (health examinations, have they been to exhibitions, if not, ask why).
- observe what this breeder has done in the past and whether he has any violations before the Estonian Kennel Association (or ask why violations of the herd book regulation are noted in his history). Just as any breeder needs to make sure that you are a good owner for his puppy, you need to make sure that he is an honest and good breeder. Public register of the Estonian Kennel Club (Welsh corgi is FCI group 1 and then choose the right breed from the list). A good breeder will answer each of your questions directly and won't mince words. He is a person who cares about your dog's future and will not leave you alone.
3. Documents accompanying the purchase...
The purchase-sale agreement and the breed certificate are important papers, don't forget to look them over properly in the rush of buying a puppy! It is worth paying attention when the breeder says that he will send the breed certificate afterwards, or the puppies do not have one, because it is expensive to make a breed certificate, or if the breeder orders the breed certificates to be formalized in the Estonian Kennel Union. Apparently, the facts are not quite right and it is most likely a fraudulent product.
Every purebred dog must have a pedigree certificate, otherwise it is not a purebred dog - and a breeder who sells puppies without certificates is a fraud. A breed certificate can only be issued by the Estonian Kennel Club to the breeder's entire litter at the same time, and it does not cost the breeder a price!
It is often possible to buy puppies on installments, in which case you will receive a copy of the breed certificate. After paying the last installment, you will also receive the original.
Another thing that you must have with you is the puppy's vaccination passport, where the primary vaccination is entered, and a tag (the puppies of the Estonian Kennel Club are all marked with a microchip).
In other words, a good breeder will hand over a puppy that is at least 7 weeks old, sign a purchase-sale contract with you (including the breed certificate), hand over the puppy chipped and age-appropriate vaccinations (don't forget several parasite control by then). That's right. minimum program. In addition, there is usually a training manual and recommendations for the future, toys, a set of leashes, puppy food for the first time at home, etc.