Looking to add another corgi friend for Link!

We feel it's time to add another Corgi to our little furry family. Although Link loves any/all dogs, he seems to take a special liking to corgis (although he's only met purebreds at the dog park, never a mix like himself). I've been looking high and low at shelters and craigslist and other adoption agencies, but to no avail. Although I would love a purebred, I cannot afford the $700+ to buy one from a breeder in the area. I do prefer to adopt dogs anyway, all my many pets are adopted/rescued. Hopefully we will be able to find one soon, little Link needs a playmate! If it came down to it, I would buy one from a breeder, but my limit on "purchasing" a dog would be around $300 :(. But how I do love Corgis!

All for now, Link and his person, Colleen

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Comment by Roger/Laurie on July 26, 2009 at 3:07pm
Our Tenby came from rescue at 6 months old and he is the most loving, sweetest dog you could ask for. But he came with many socialization and training issues. The first 18 months were very hard. Having another Corgi (10 months older) helped so much. Rescued Corgi do need good homes, but be prepared for some problems. In our case all the tears, frustation and anxiety were well worth it. I don't want to scare you away from rescue, but it is important to ask a lot of questions about the dog you are interested in. Rescue group are very good at matching their dogs with new owners. The last thing they want is for this home to fail.
Comment by Beth on July 25, 2009 at 9:42pm
Also, some of the good breeders will breed a female twice and then "retire" her. If they are very active breeding and showing, they might then spay the female and move her on her way. By pet standards it sounds sad, but these people have a passion for the sport and the bloodlines and if they kept every female they ever bred they'd either have 80 dogs, or have to take 15 year hiatuses while they waited for their dogs to age gracefully. LOL. And like Bev Levy says, these dogs would be trained and socialized and ready to go.
Comment by Bev Levy on July 25, 2009 at 9:28pm
Beth is right. Some breeders look for good homes for retired show dogs. We have a friend who got her Scottie that way. You will usually get a trained and socialized dog that may not have turned out breedeable for some reason. As long as you don't mind not having a puppy it can be a great alternative. I would try contacting a couple breeders. They might know of someone that would have a dog for you that would not be so expensive.
Comment by Edward and Gemima on July 25, 2009 at 9:24pm
Hope you find that special playmate, Edward ended up falling into our laps thru a series of weird coincidences!!!!
Comment by Beth on July 25, 2009 at 9:18pm
Another thing you might do is contact some breeders and explain your finance situation. Some breeders offer a "free" female with breeding rights; you keep the dog for two years, they take the dog back and breed her, you take her home, they bring her back to whelp, and then she goes back to you. Now personally I don't know if I'd be comfortable with that, but it might be an option if that suits you. My primary concern honestly would not be giving up the dog, but 1) Dealing with an entire female, and 2) Asking the breeder how they know the female is breeding material if she's never been shown or competed in any performance events.

The other option is that sometimes breeders have young adults available at a reasonable price because they need to rehome the dog, or they might have kept a dog to show and it turned out to be too big or too small or maybe a little crooked or something that would make it unsuitable to show, but still a perfectly acceptable pet.
Comment by Nancy and Harley on July 25, 2009 at 5:39pm
Please don't ever consider buying a dog from Craigslist, Kijiji, or any other "classifieds" on the web, as you have no clue what you are really getting. That's no better than buying a dog at a pet store. A rescue is the place to go, since you do not want to spend big bucks at a breeder. Go here: http://www.pembrokecorgi.org/rescue_network.html and contact the rescue person in your area.
Comment by Lou Ann Lemaster on July 25, 2009 at 11:23am
Google corgi rescues in your area. I'm know there is one is the Bay area from reading other posts and forums. I'm sure they can help you find a playmate for Link.

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