Welsh Cardigans

We specialize in breeding quality Black & White and Blue Merle Cardigan Corgis since 1999 . Have taken a fancy to Black & Whites and Blue Merles with tan points . We offer puppies for sale to qualified homes and generally have three litters per year. Our older Cardigan friends will sometimes be placed in special homes to enjoy their retirement .

Thanks to the enforcement of zoning restrictions from the Town of Glenville , we are no longer allowed to have chickens . Still enjoy vegetable gardening . Added raising Californian Rabbits too . Wife has two retired Greyhounds .

We welcome inquiries about Cardigans and am generally available by email , bigearsk@gmail.com . Am member of Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America & New England Yankee Cardigan Club . Breeder in good standing with AKC . Have AKC , Canadian champions & Grand Champions . Recently AKC notified us that based on our history , number of champions , showmanship , & number of litters successfully whelped , Big Ears Kennel can apply for Breeder of Merit status !

People have found my old website on angelfire . It has not been updated in decades & states " no puppies " . Not so , we have puppies & will have more in the future ! Follow my blog , bigearskennel.blogspot.com !

Over the years two things that bother me are ; those that ask only price & the term corgi . There are so many questions a interested party may ask about Cardigans , price should not be the first & only question ! One fellow's entire inquiry was " How much , might be interested in a female " ? My reply based on this limited inquiry was " $82,000 " . He did not appreciate my humor . Now corgi is my second bafflement . Few people realize there are two corgi breeds . I've answered " corgi " inquiries in great detail , in a series of emails , only to learn they were only interested in Pembrokes . So if you inquire about " corgis " , I will try to define which breed . If your only question is price , I may not reply !

Wish people will understand Mother Nature limits color & gender of pups available . We try to match the best pup to a good home . That can only be done by visiting & bonding . Shipping is not an option , too many horror stories . Many online sites promise Blue Merles & shipping . Before you send money to these sites , check them out . Many are fronts for puppy mills & scams . Some will never see their money or puppy . One site had over 144 complaints !

A common request we get for this uncommon breed is " A Blue Merle female " . Cardigans are not a common breed . There are only a few breeders east of the Mississippi . Only a few of these breed for Blue Merles . To get a quality Blue Merle , one must breed to a Black & White for crisp color & avoid genetic faults attached to recessive genes . Breeding for Blue Merles a litter may produce one or two Blue Merles . One might be a female . For every Blue Merle pup we get 10 inquiries . So don't be hurt if Mother Nature is cruel !

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Start Your Engines

Big things ahead , when a Cardigan skips a meal . Little after 4PM Llyn took to her whelping box , panting & pawing . Then insisted on a potty break before returning to her whelping box . Best friend Lora Como has her camera ready . All whelping supplies are on hand . All we need is the whelping to begin . Hold on sports fans for updates .

9PM two cups of coffee & two potty runs , leaves a panting mom that just vomited . Llyn could go any minute or there's a long night ahead . Each whelping room has a whelping box & bed to catch a few Zs . Hopefully I can share the puppy watch with Lora . The Cardigan pack wait outside the protected whelping room , all knowing . A couple of days ago full moon paid a visit . Keep the coffee coming !

5:30AM Llyn is trying to out wait me . Several heavy panting sessions & some pretty amazing shape shifting but no puppies . I watch & listen from a bed next to the whelping box . Today is the official due date , so maybe Llyn will deliver . Ran Llyn & other dogs as usual . Llyn too big with puppies to make the ramp or steps returning to the house , so I carry her back . All back in . Now back to puppy watch .

7:30AM Need coffee . Coffee in the pot is nice but better in my cup . Same with puppies , in Llyn nice in my whelping box better . Llyn will take a piece of hand fed cooked chicken but buries her food under the papers . All Cardigans fed & Llyn returned to whelping room . Mom happy . Me not .

10:10 Returned from vet . Better safe than sorry . Vet adjusted due date to tomorrow . Gut feeling that everything was on schedule , was right . Lora cleaning up Llyn for big event . Puppies' heart rates are fine .  First vet every asked me what I thought ! Relieved to know , all is well . I hear the coffee pot calling .

12:30 Found Llyn under my bed in the whelping room . Didn't think Fattie could squeeze under the bed . A few boards will fix . Lora was on puppy watch as I did a few outdoor chores . Nice to have a backup . Llyn just doesn't get the picture .

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