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 !











Monday, December 31, 2012

" It's New Year's Eve & the drinks are on Judy ! " Belly up to the milkbar ! "

( seventh pup by Judy's tail )

Friday, December 28, 2012


" Quick Kate get the camera while momma's on a potty break ! " .

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

To quote the Four Seasons " Oh , what a night " . Marked this litter to have 8 pups , but was surprised at 6 ( 5 live lost one ) . Every 2 hours Judy whelped a pup , then at 4 am quit at 6 . Took her & pups in to vet at 8 am & discover 2 faint heart beats ! Total 8 pups , after a C-section to claim last two ! Another sleepless 24 hours ahead as pups & mom things work out .

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Judy went into whelp tonight . Photos & report to follow tomorrow .

Judy top . Belle bottom ( did I say bell-bottoms ? ) . Both doing a little nesting . Belle has a long way to go . Judy not so far .
Yesterday Judy's temperature was 101.6 . This morning it's 99.1 ! Will check before lunch , it might warm up to normal again . Judy's last litter was 4 days early ( from 63 days ) . Who knows ?

Monday, December 24, 2012

Took Judy's temperature this morning , 100.6 . Will start taking several times a day to establish a base line . Once her temp starts dropping , her time is near . 98 means pups are near . Expect to spend a few sleepless nights on the bed in the whelping room . No sooner will Judy have whelped , Belle will be on puppy watch .

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Just too cute ! Maddie at 6 weeks . Maddie won her AKC championship in just 8 shows !
Belle with her last litter . The two black pups are borrowed King Charles Spaniels . Belle only had one pup & too much . The black pups' mom had no milk , so a bargain was made . This time Belle should have plenty of milk & plenty of puppies !

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Belle with maybe 6 puppies & a week and a half to grow !

Judy today with another week to go / grow ! Maybe 8 puppies ?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Eli , my 12 year old US & Canadian champion , rolled in something " fresh " . No it wasn't the wild mint ! Did the same thing this Summer when I tar patched the driveway . I really didn't need another bath after the plummer & home insurance soaked me today ! Mild weather allows Eli & me to dry out tonight .

Friday, December 7, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America ( CWCCA ) a national Cardigan organization , sent out a call to its members for stories on the breed . I submited my Foundation Bitch story . Here is Shadi with her great great grand pups .

Monday, December 3, 2012

Worked on Whelping Room today . Had "help' from Yo-Yo , the 3 legged cat . Yo-Yo forced his way under the twin bed ( that separates the two whelping boxes ) & refused to come out . Have a little time till Dec 29 & Jan 1 , best guesses at Judy's & Belle's due date .

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Not just planning puppies for Spring , am planning vegetable garden too ! This is a photo of an eggplant I grew last Summer . I call it the Develed Eggplant ( has horns ) !

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Set up whelping boxes in whelping room . Have twin bed as a divider between the two whelping boxes . Room too small to get a good photo of setup . Each box out of sight from other , so moms won't get upset . Belle & Judy mated a couple days apart , should whelp about same time ! May be hectic but can use one or other as a foster mom if needed . This photo is Belle's last litter . She had one pup & adopted 2 . Hope this time Belle has a full litter or takes a couple of pups from Judy .

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Made my own bread crumbs ( filled 3 containers ) & stuffing bread for TG . Now to shape it like a turkey , pop it in the oven , & hope for a Christmas Miracle ! Happy TG everyone . First married TG with my sweet Kate .

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Jasper with adopted King Charles Spaniel pups . Belle & Waldo will have another litter this December !

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

George is quite the escape artist , especially when the girls come into season with Cardigan Romance in the air .

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Finally got to print photos of Lovebirds but not enough room for text & photos ! So here goes ; First photo is Waldo with Belle ( last mating produced Jasper ) . Second couple is George & Judy . Maddie is George's half sister , earned her AKC championship in just 8 shows . Have great expectations for both litters to whelp late December .




Having trouble pulling up photos , but while I was away Judy & George were bred , and Belle & Waldo bred yesterday on my return ! If all goes well , the week after Christmas we'll have puppies !

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Glenville won't let me have chickens , doubt if they will let me have a harness moose !

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Jelly Bean went to a good home this morning . Now Jelly Bean will have 2 boys to play with .

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


One of Kate's treasures , a toilet nightlight with a kitten . What's amazing is our toilet has a wooden seat & at one time the bathroom had a lace curtain too !