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.
We are dedicated to the unlimited working Cardigan Welsh Corgi: instinct, health, temperament, drive, and conformation.
Hello! We’re so glad you found us.
We breed, show, and work the best dog on four (short) legs: The Cardigan Welsh Corgi
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.
Above all else, we are "do no harm" breeders. We are most concerned with long life, happy families, and fulfilled dogs who are doing the job they were bred to do.
We honor diversity, and respect all our owners
" We do our best to love other humans as our dogs do - without prejudice or cruelty. We welcome all faiths, abilities, and backgrounds. "
We care deeply about our puppies’ homes.
" One of our most important jobs as breeders is properly matching the right puppy with the right family. We will ask you to fill out a detailed application, which lets us know what kind of energy level, drive, talent, and personality will work best in your home. For example, a family that is looking for a therapy dog for a school reading program will get a puppy with a lower drive to play, bite, and tug than we’d match with a family looking for a flyball prospect. We do not make the final matches between puppies and homes until the puppies are at least seven weeks old, and puppies typically go to their new homes at between eight and ten weeks. "
We pay very close attention to inbreeding levels
" Our breeding philosophy is to focus on the very long-term health of the Cardigan breed as a whole, meaning we spend a long time researching pedigrees and trying to maintain as much genetic diversity in our pedigrees as possible. We have imported dogs from the Netherlands, Norway, and Poland in order to keep our bloodlines diverse. We try, in every breeding, to think many years in the future, and to ask whether the decision we are making will not merely create pretty show dogs but will set the breed up for success for decades to come. "
Our goal is a working dog who can also win in the conformation ring, not the other way around.
" 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. "
We are evidence-based breeders.
" 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. "
We are passionate about socialization.
" What does properly socialized mean when it comes to a Cardigan puppy? It’s a buzzword that gets used a lot, but as a buyer you need to be sure that your breeder isn’t just promising that “all puppies are raised in the house” but is using a focused and deliberate program of exposing their puppies to a wide variety of people, sounds, textures, and environments. The first eight weeks of a puppy’s life are critically important to building a confident, resilient adult dog, and you need to make sure that you’re setting yourself up for the best possible experience as an owner. 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. "
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.
Sarah is a talented owner-handler and does most of our ring training, as well as evaluations for the performance and service work that is so dear to our hearts. Sarah is a certified master trainer, a vet tech, and a service dog partner with Ianto. All White Raven puppies cycle through her house for training and performance foundation work, and she handles most of our dogs.
Joanna spends her weekends cheering on dogs in the rings, and then welcoming them back to a busy kid-filled house where they can be family dogs. She can tube-feed a puppy in three seconds flat, while burping another one on her shoulder and updating Facebook with two fingers. Her four daughters help to raise puppies and train our service dog prospects.
THE CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS
The most important part of the White Raven team are our wonderful puppy owners and co-owners. Some Conspiracy members co-own dogs with us; all are a vital part of the team. From the performance cheerleaders to the therapy dog moms and the trainers, every one of our puppy owners is precious. We maintain a very active user group, and we band together to help and support our dogs’ needs.
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2020 puppies are planned!
The pandemic has put a crimp in our plans, but we're still anticipating two Cardigan litters in summer/fall 2020, both merle/black and red/brindle. We already have an extensive waiting list for these litters, so if you are interested, get in touch soon.
2021-22 will likely be quite busy, with red/sable/brindle litters.
Thanks so much for your interest, and we hope you find the dog of your dreams!
Where we are:
We are a team of breeders, with Cardigan Welsh Corgis
located in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
We can provide shipping within the continental US and overseas for approved buyers.