Hello! We’re so glad you found us.
White Raven Cardigan Welsh Corgis is not a single breeder. We are a group of friends who believe that together we can do more and better – as good breeders, good owners, and good trainers – than we ever could alone. We value community over competition, and we raise Cardigan Corgis as a family, with a healthy dose of laughter and fun.
We’re a little different from the typical show breeder – we do not breed with the goal of producing “show dogs” and “pets.” We breed Cardigans as a historic working dog who can also succeed in the show ring. Our goal is that every prospect end up in a working (to us this means service dog, therapy dog, herding/farm, tracking, search and rescue, eventual breeding, etc.) home.
If you’re interested in a puppy from us, our best matches tend to be active homes with a plan for your puppy. Our puppies are drivey, active, and energetic, and are rarely happy just warming the couch.
We show and trial our dogs in AKC and UKC in the conformation ring, in herding, in agility, in rally, tracking, nosework, and in other sports. Many of our dogs go on to be full-time service dogs for people with disabilities. Our goal is to produce the “do it all” Cardigan, and to place the right puppy with the right family. We hope you join us.
Working is a much harder job than finishing a championship. It requires a dog who is not only built beautifully but has the stability, drive, and athleticism to work all day, every day. We’re very proud of our AKC and UKC champions, grand champions, group placements, and Best In Shows. But those mean nothing if our dogs can’t work and play during long and healthy lives, and have fun doing whatever they and their owners enjoy. That’s why the successful therapy and service dogs, and our herding, tracking, and other working titles, are the ones we really get charged up about.
One of the reasons we came together as a group of co-breeders was our shared commitment to breeding based on research and best practices. From our selection of pedigrees to minimize coefficients of inbreeding to our careful enrichment and exercise program for puppies, we try to follow the very best knowledge that’s been given to us.
By the time our babies reach eight weeks, they have met at least fifty people, been exposed to multiple species, been herding tested on ducks or geese, and been assessed for temperament and talent by professional trainers.
The era of the large kennel is over – which is OK. Cardigans are a hard-working, honest, wonderful breed that deserves to live and love in a family situation. But a single family breeder without a kennel and with a limited number of litters each year can rarely make meaningful progress. That’s why we work, play, visit, show, and trial together, always with the goal of leaving the Cardigan Welsh Corgi breed better than we found it. Sarah and Joanna form the core of White Raven Cardigans, but our community of co-owners and co-breeders numbers means that every dog and every litter is raised, trained, and loved in a family environment.