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 !

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Maddie tending her pups .
Merlin , a pup from Big Ears Kennels , herding geese on water ! Been told Cardigans are the only breed from the Herding Group that can herd geese ! Merlin does it on water !
 Breeze & pups . " Gee I wish you called ahead , I'm just starting to house clean . The pups had me up all night ! "
Maddie & pups . " I'm to tired to bark . Thanks for coming by . . .ZZZZZZ ! " .

Thursday, June 27, 2013

 Maddie with a few of her pups .
 Let's not forget Breeze & her litter !
 Kerouat , Big Ears Kennel's watch cat .
Rest of Maddie's litter .

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What's in your cooler ? Maddie's pups are in mine !
 Picture of Maddie's litter .
Picture of Maddie's litter ?  Yes Maddie had 10 puppies . Sad part because they were early C-section  , no milk yet ! We'll bottle feed , feed on Maddie , & let pups borrow Breeze with plenty of milk .
Maddie's starting to nest !
Maddie & I started waiting for puppies last night . Her temperature dropped to 99.5 at 6:30 am . Should go today !

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Maddie's whelping area set up on the porch . Have supplies nearby on porch . Cooler equipted with heating pad for newborns . Extra newspapers & towels nearby . Whelping box ready & lowered sides . Matress on top of couch , that was converted into a Cardigan Condo , Having a place to rest for a 3 day pre & post whelping , comes in handy . Now to con . . . I meant convince the wife to stay up for 3 days while I snooze on the Cardigan Condo ! Bring on the puppies !
Meet Copper in his new home . Copper has the people in his new home eatting out of his Cardigan paw !
 Retired Joanne taking a break .
 " Romper Romper Do , I see Maddie peaking by the water cooler ! "
 " One is the lonelist number " Little Bear last of her litter .
 Recent shot of Breeze's litter . No that black one isn't a toy , he's real !
Setting up a whelping area for Maddie . Breeze's litter claimed the Whelping room .

Monday, June 24, 2013

 " Wait a minute . . . what happened to the bone that was here ? "
 Maddie hanging out at the water cooler !
Breeze away from her pups .

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pea Porridge hot . Pea porridge cold , my litter is 5 days old ! That's not a mouse between the Blue Merle & Black & White , it's a tiny Cardigan . Whelped at 145 gm now almost 200 gm ! Very strong , active , & nurses well . Tough little gal !
Erin in background , has for a lifetime home with Big Ears Kennel . Little Bear , in front , is still looking for a special home .

Monday, June 17, 2013

Father & Daughter came from Buffalo to get a Cardigan pup .  Looks like another Big Ears Kennel puppy is going to a good family in the country .
Couple of inquiries on the 2 Black & White girls . Believe they're 10 weeks old now . Joanne' was the mom . Took this photo this morning .

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

 " Let's rest up for our nap ! "
 Maddie ; Cardigan , champion , & next Big Ears Kennel mom !
" Wake me when it's time to eat ! "
A happy mom with some of her pups . The rest are sleeping off a Cardigan Milk High !

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Breeze & puppies .
 Breeze had C-section today . Both Breeze & I to tired for a second all nighter !
Breeze had 7 pups not the 5 the vet promised .
Breeze at 8am this morning . Not much has changed .
Up all night , campped out with Breeze , & still no puppies ! Breeze panted & stressed all night . Thought for sure she was ready . At 5am this was the sight of Breeze . Hear her tearing up her whelping box " nesting " .

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Well it's 2am , three walks later & no pups yet . Breeze still panting .
Tonight's the night ! Since 9pm Breeze was in whelping box & panting .
 Transplanted wild mint several years ago . Doing fine for my ice tea .
 Tomato plants started from saved seed .
 Foreground purple string beans that turn green when cooked . Background Pink Banana Squash .
 Volunteer Cherry Tomatoes sprouting on own ! Picked a few strawberries too !
In spite of days of heavy rains Mock Orange still producing blossoms .
 Maddie is due to whelp till July 4th .
A Cardigan puppy chain with one link missing !