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's two retired Greyhounds have passed away , but we still have YoYo ( a 3 legged cat ) .

We welcome inquiries about Cardigans and am generally available by email , bigearsk@gmail.com . Am member of Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America . 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 " . Follow our blog , bigearskennel.blogspot.com , for announcements on new arrivals .

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 !

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Why a Cardigan

A Cardigan is a sturdy working herding breed. it's temperament differs from the wildly popular retrievers and spaniels because herding requires more calculation.  They are highly attuned animals who can read body language, tone of voice, and the look in your eye.  The more you understand how well adapted your dog is to you and your environment, the better the bond between you and your dog.  Some Cardigans have a reputation for independence and disobedience; this is a failure of communication between dog and owner.  Cardigans are so attuned to your mood they instinctively avoid you when you are not in a good mood.  This may be because herding dogs read an animal and predict its move; your Cardigan will herd you as well.

Along with the herding instinct, your Cardigan also needs companionship.  They want to be with you.  Some like to be held; many lie in laps, almost all sneak a head onto a knee for a stroking.  They are affectionate creatures but unlike a Golden Retriever they do not live for love.  They live for companionship. 

As a breed, they have impressive stamina.  On-lookers often jest that such short legs cannot carry a dog very far and how wrong they are.  A corgi is bred to work all day on a farm.  They are agile and impressive athletes who defy their shortness with the speed and agility of any dog twice its size.

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