I am the very PROUD owner of a femail Pem Corgi.  Her name is Pidgeon.  She's been an absolute joy in my whole family's lives.  Right now she is the only 4-legged family member of the canine variety that we have.  Since we got her from the breeder we had thought about breeding her one time and keeping one of her puppies so she has a companion.  However, recently I started wondering what their relationship would be like.  Would Pidgeon remain always dominant over her pup?  I do not think I would want the pup to be 'submisive' due to the relationship, if that makes any sense.  Does anyone have experience with this?  Would it be best to get her a companion from elsewhere?

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Please consider getting a 2nd dog from elsewhere.  Having another dog is NOT a very good reason to breed a litter.  What if she had 12 puppies?  What if she had serious medical complications from the pregnancy/whelping?!  There are plenty of breeders out there with puppies.  

Please look into this fact chart before you really consider breeding her!



I agree with you 100% that having a litter of pups for her to have a companion is not a good reason, and in hoping that it puts your mind at rest a bit, that is not at all my intention.  I have not yet decided for, nor against breeding her.  I am only trying to educate myself on what the potential relationship may be like.  Thanks for the link, I actually do have it saved already for future thought and education in the hopes that I make the right decisions for her.  Honestly, if she had 12 puppies and I wasn't confident that I could place them in life-long loving homes, I would keep them.  Please trust me (as much as you can in a stranger) that I am not taking this decision lightly.  In addition, prior to any potential pregnancy she would get tested again and if needed I would pay for the male to also be tested.  I thrive on information and knowledge and am unwilling to neither breed or spay her prior to being positive what is best for her.  Thankyou for your concern; it is appreciated.

I recommend leaving breeding to the experts. There are already so many puppies in this world and the only reason you should be breeding is to improve the breed. If you want a dog with the same genetics then get another puppy from the same breeder. Keep in mind the longer she remains unspayed the more likely she is to get mammary cancer, pyometra, uterine cancer and many other deadly diseases. Also keep in mind corgis frequently need c-sections and puppies are expensive so unless you are ready to put AT LEAST $1000 into raising the puppies and keeping mom healthy, don't breed. Before breeding I recommend you take a quick look at websites like petfinder and pet harbor just to get a glimpse of a small percentage of corgis that are currently in pounds and shelters and at risk of euthanasia due to people breeding for the exact reason you have just stated above. 

We only have the one Corgi, but he was the last of the litter and was with his mum and uncle until he was 4 months old. When we went to see him at the breeders his mother was very dominant over him, she would bite him and he was submissive to her. I don't know what the relationship would have been like if they stayed together but we have 'family reunion' once a year with my dog and his mum and his littermates, plus 3 other litters and the mum has little interest in her offspring. She just wants someone to throw her ball or a stick.

Don't breed her.  Breeding is a complicated process, that should only be done responsibly.  You should do it only to better the breed- not to get companions.  There are many risks, and your dog may die in the process.  You may end up spending thousands of dollars for treatment if complications arise.   Sam has a great diagram that maybe he can post.

Here you go :)

I sort of want to print this off and hang it as a blown up sign by my desk... >.> Just to always have ALL THE STEPS listed as a constant reminder......

That is what my question was when Coco died. I spoke to the breeder where I got her and she offered to give me the dad of Coco and Dino. I would like that but was not sure of the relationship that would be between Dino and dad. I did not take him

I don't think there is one answer as to how adults get along with their grown pups.  Some adult dogs truly hate puppies.  Some mother dogs leave the whelping box as soon as their pups are weaned and want little to do with the puppies after that, from what I hear.   I have heard of other dogs who keep close bonds with their off-spring.   Certainly breeders regularly keep pups and parents and grandparents in the same house, but their primary concern is not whether or not the dogs get along.  

There is no guarantee any two dogs will be friends.  I have two that are quite happy to live together, play together occasionally but not frequently, and rarely cuddle but also never fight and rarely even bicker.  Others have dogs who are best pals.  As with people, you can't really tell how well two dogs will click til they are together.

So I would say, in short, not to base your decision on whether or not to breed AT ALL on how they may or may not get along if you keep a pup.   If Pidgeon is a submissive bitch and you kept a more dominant pup, I highly doubt that the pup would remain submissive.   Almost ALL pups are submissive to all but the most push-over of adult dogs.  When pups develop their adult temperament between the ages of 1 and 3, their relative social position will begin to change.  

Thanks that really does help.


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