The Queen and her Corgis at Heathrow Airport
Corgis make everybody happy !
Aww, see how happy she is when she's around her corgis and dorgies!
@ Tomahawk and Fences - We have one male west highland terrier now, but we used to have another male named Sparky. He was a real fireball and a sweetheart at the same time. He lived to be almost 15 years old. He was quite obedient, but always let us know that if he could have it any other way he would. We had learned about crate training before we got him, so we set about to do it right from the beginning. He complied nicely. Of course, we didn't keep him in there for long periods of time during the day; only when we couldn't be watching him like a hawk during the house breaking stage, if we went out for short periods of time, and at night. When we got another Westie three years later, we got another crate and got him used to it as well. It got to the point where all we had to say was, "We're going to the store" or "We're going to church" and they would both walk right into the room where their crates were and get right in them. Quite often if they perceived activity that suggested we were getting ready to go out and they even heard the word "store" or "church" they'd run into their crates. However, as Sparky got older; I'd say it was when he was about ten years old, when we'd say something to prompt him to go to his crate, he would look at us with great disdain, stand up, and then literally stomp his way defiantly to his crate. It was hilarious !
@ Beth, thank you for in input about how long breeders keep their Pems before they go to new homes. I agree that it's nice if they're a little older from a house breaking standpoint. : ) To me, it's one more way to sort out a good breeder from a not so good one, not that I would use that as the only deciding factor of course. A breeder that only has "quantity sold" on their mind would have no reason to keep their pups for any length of time as it would only take away from their bottom line. Again, I'm not saying someone couldn't get a wonderful, healthy, well socialized family pet from a breeder that gives up their pups sooner than others.
I think what I love most of all is the male Corgi ! Besides if we get too picky about coloration we're going to end up with no Corgi at all. I've been looking at red headed tri's and sable and whites and honestly, they're both adorable. So, the bottom line is we're open to a red and white, sable and white, or a red headed tri, but it MUST be a male and the sooner the better !
@ Joyce...........We love our red and white boy but that tri of ours has the biggest personality. I have talked to a lot of owners here and most say that tri's just seem to have that "something" Good Luck and I hope the new one is coming soon to fill your heart.
PWCCA says 10 weeks with the litter, so most breeders of Pems now do 10 weeks. Oddly enough, I think the Cardigan Club says 7; I don't think it's an exact science. Nice thing about 10 is most of them can already make it through the night without a potty break, though, so it's easier on everyone.
Well considering how well Tom adapted and how confident he is with other dogs, I personally think 8 weeks is an acceptable time to let a pup go. As long as you get them properly socialized right away, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. I am surprised how well he came out because half the time I really didn't know what I was doing! That's great that she does the crate training, I didn't even start that until Tom was 6 months and he goes in there when I tell him to, but he sighs and makes sure to show me he does not appreciate it lol. Housebreaking would have been wonderful because that's always a pain in the butt!
I'm not sure how long the breeder who is an hour away keeps her puppies. I've covered a lot of information with her as well as three other breeders, and I forgot to ask her that specific question. All I know is she's the one with the litter that will be born the soonest ! While it's true that some breeders do keep their puppies longer than eight weeks and that can be a good thing, eight weeks is certainly acceptable, and it's not like the puppy isn't going to be socializing the minute they get to their new home, right ? I do know that the one I'm considering crate trains and house breaks her puppies before they go to their new homes, so that alone more than suggests that she keeps them longer than eight weeks which is fine with me. : )
i totally understand how you feel about tri boys, at first i was insisting on getting a red and white girl, now that i have two red and white corgis, i kinda wish i had a tri LOL! funny how those things work out, i say regardless of how he looks, if he catches your heart, he must be the one! ;)
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