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 !

Monday, March 31, 2014

"A Blue Merle ! I Want One ! How Much ? "

Emails are not the best way to explain 15 years of answering two questions , " Can I have a Blue Merle & Price ? " . Emails lack tone & intent . We do not breed for Blue Merles , they are our line . We may get one or two Blues in a litter . Usually every Blue gets 10 inquiries . Nature stirs the genetic soup & may produce a Blue Merle . When I offer an equally wonderful Black & White from the same litter , people think I'm being mean !

Saturday, March 29, 2014

" Clean Your Plate ! "

Every mom yells " Clean your plate " to her kids . Here's my pups cleaning their plate Cardigan Style !

The Great Easter Ear Contest !

Maizie made runner up in this year's Big Ears Easter Contest !

Friday, March 28, 2014

Not A Pretty Sight !

Maddie's pups first time eating soft food . Next week will start Heddi's litter on soft food . Cutting back on mom's food a little to decrease milk production a little .

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

This Morning's Memo !

 Opps , someone didn't get the memo about this mornings memo !
Glad everyone got the memo !

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Whelping Room !

 Heddie & brood .
Maddie & brood .
Working on setting up porch for larger puppy pens . In a few weeks whelping room will be expecting another expecting mom !

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

YoYo Has His Eye On The Prize !

 " Kerouac look out , YoYo is about to pounce ! "
 YoYo could just reach out & grab that bone . Right !
You can almost hear YoYo thinking !

You Never Know Who Is Watching On The Computer !

Sure Rosemont is a good watchdog , but please ! He's watching Heddi's litter , that's sick !

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mommas & Puppies !

 Maddie listening to Heddi's pups on other side of the bed .
Heddi inspecting her pups .

International Pet Trade ?

Received an email from a person in Mexico that will be visiting California this September , asking if I had any Blue Merles left but would be interested in other colors . Then asked price .

Several times a year I'm contacted by agents who work for international pet brokers . All they ask is price . It is rare they admit to being brokers . Sometimes they come up with touching stories about buying a pet for their daughter but can not make a visit to my kennel . Instead they will send an agent , send a check , meet me at an airport , while never saying who they are .

So when I'm first contacted , the interview process begins ! One email asked only " price for a female ? May be interested " . I gave my standard reply " based on very little info . . . female . . . price . .  $82,000 " . He asked if I was on crack ! Asking only price & for a Blue Merle , makes me nervous . They are so many important questions to ask a Cardigan breeder , same I ask when seeking or selling a pup . Asking for a Blue Merle , especially before they are whelped , is like asking for NO#1 issued Superman comic . People get upset as I try to explain , I may have only one or two Blue Merles a litter but we also have wonderful Black & White pups .

It is very important the pups of this special breed get matched to special owners . Email exchanges & visits help . It took me 2 years of researching Cardigans , kennels , & breeders before a breeder would sell to me , a non show home . We will have more litters , more Blue Merles , & more wonderful Black & White pups .

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Started !ndoor Garden !

Unit sitting on raditor in front of window . Rope light keeps bottom heat steady when raditor cools . Started sweet potato slips , 3 kinds of eggplant , & 4 kinds of peppers . In a few weeks will start tomato seeds . I'm not letting cold weather freeze my warm garden thoughts !

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Breeder's Choice !

In a few weeks , I'll chose a couple of pups to become show stars , kennel replacements , & pals .

Chilling Moms !

 Just another quiet Sunday for Heddi but first Sunday for brood .
Second Sunday for Maddie's brood .

Friday, March 14, 2014

Killer Katie !

Katie puting a beating on the cat's favorite toy ! Katie goes to work with her owner & loves the family cat , but toys are another story !

Showing Colors !

 Heddi is taking first time motherhood in stride  !
As the puppies age , they show temperament , form , personality , & color . In a few weeks we'll start to evaluate individuals to keep for future breeding stock . Companion puppies will be evaluated with same standards . Cardigans we keep will be able to provide best genetic makeup in combination to existing stock . Pups our kennel sell will be solid steady Cardigans that match new owner's personality .

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thought I Was Wrong But I Was Wrong !

Vet doubted last week Heddi was bred but I said maybe 4 pups ?  After three huge Black & White pups , things slowed down . Could I be wrong ? No way ! After 2 hours she whelped a huge Blue Merle male with Tan points ! Over the next few weeks we will decide what pups to keep , what to sell  , & pick approved homes . Hint for every Blue Merle in Maddie's litter there are 10 inquires . The Blue Merle w/tan points is so rare , he might be kept for the kennel . Been a long night . Looks like another long night or two till new litter settled .

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Whelping Room Today !

 A Black & White pup is hiding out of camera range !
Heddi is developing a puppy bump !

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Just One Of The Boys !

Ricky is sire to Maddie;s current litter & Judy's future litter . Out of this year's litters I will make selections of pups for replacement breeders . Hope we have enough puppies to replace ageing stock & sell a few to approved homes .

Saturday, March 8, 2014

New Arrivals !

 Maddie & Big Four .
 Two little guys in the warming box .
Heddi waiting in the wings or whelping room .
Maddie had to be rushed to vet yesterday afternoon . She started to leak a brackist fluid . Vet did a C-section but was concerned , was four days early & pups might be premies . We saved 6 of 10 . Sleepless nights ahead as pups catch on to nursing . Will tell more later . Who said raising dogs was easy ?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Maddie's Waiting !

Used new camera but still doesn't show how big she is ! Going to vet tomorrow for an Xray count .

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Cardigan High Jumper !

Poor Maddie ! She's so huge , the camera doesn't do her justice . New camera coming tomorrow . Maybe will get better pictures . Her last litter was 11 & she looks bigger this time ! Vet will make house call Wednesday . Maddie's due date March 12 , a week & a half away . Hope I can get her out of the house !