Prospective Puppy Owner Questions

Thank you for your interest in our Pembroke Corgi puppies.  

The puppies will be regularly wormed and will be getting vet checked, vaccinated and microchipped before going to their new homes.  They will come with pedigree papers on the limited register, and will be transferred into the new owner’s name. That means that you have proof that your puppy is a purebred Welsh Pembroke Corgi, but you are not eligible to breed from them or show them in conformation shows.  You can still be involved in all dog agility, obedience, tracking and herding competitions.  

We raise the pups at home and become very attached to them so we are keen to find suitable and stable homes for each one.  As such we would like to ask you to let us know a little about your situation.  Please know that we do not expect you to have a perfect life before getting one of our puppies, but the pups do have different personalities and it will help us to match the pups to the most suitable homes if we have some information from you.  We would love to hear a little about what your situation is and why you have decided you would like a corgi. We have made some comments below for you to think over and to give you an idea of what things we think are important.

You should be aware that small puppies are time consuming, and we would like to be sure that you have thought about how much time will be required in settling a puppy into a new home.  Puppies will wet and poo on the floor, chew furniture and shoes, yap, cry, need socialising (we will give some information on this before you get the pup), demand attention and need to be exercised and trained.  It can be helpful to have some time and some support from your family to achieve all of this, and it will take a few months before everything settles down.  Corgis do seem to be slow to toilet train!  Do you think that you have the time, patience and support to cope well with this?  

It is also important to be able to keep the puppy contained on the property, which usually means fences.  Being a working dog originally they also will need a bit of space and exercise in the long run.  Do you have a place to live that fills these requirements?  Are you allowed to have a dog where you live?  Do you expect to be able to stay where you are living for the foreseeable future?  

We have previously had someone who was wanting one of our pups who had to pull out due to a breakdown in their relationship and a custody battle.  Having a new puppy will add stress to your home for a little while, and we would not like to have them increase the stress of an already unfortunate situation at home when people are not at their best.  Do you have a stable home?  Are the family members all in agreement with the idea of getting a puppy?

Do you have experience with dogs and/or puppies?  Why did you decide on a Welsh Pembroke Corgi?  What would you like to do with your pup?  (Eg. Just a home companion is fine, or doing agility or training is fun too.).

Do be aware that corgis will shed hair 24/7. It is a fruitless enterprise trying to stop the shedding so we recommend just surrendering to the inevitable and making sure you have a good vacuum cleaner - as all corgi owners are going to need one! We cannot stress this enough as if you have an affectionate corgi you may never have clean clothes again.

How many people are in your household and, if there are children, what rough ages?  Do you have other animals?  Will the pup have any company during the day at all?  Do you intend to keep the pup as an inside dog?

The cost of having a dog can add up over the years with food, vaccinations, sterilisation, etc.  Have you taken this into account?

Thanks for considering our questions.  Once again we realise that every home will be different and will have lots of good things to offer a dog, and that no home will be perfect. We would prefer to hear honest and candid responses to help us to place the puppies well.