How To Find a Corgi Breeder in Vancouver

I get asked all the time: where is Oshie from? Did we get her from a corgi breeder in Canada? How much was she? Well I’m finally putting everything out in the open and full disclosure, the title of this blog post is deceiving…

Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted a dog. There’s something so comforting in having a furry companion on all your adventures and after much convincing, got a family dog at age 9. Many years later, and a few years after my first dog’s death, I started my mission to convince Reid to get one. Having had one before, I knew I had to change my tactics and approach this time around. While my parents’ spacious yard was great for a rambunctious labrador, our small 700 square foot apartment with just a small outdoor balcony could only fit a smaller sized dog who, ideally, was a lap dog and/or couch potato. I knew I didn’t want a brachycephalic dog (pug, bulldog, shih tzus, etc.) as those breeds tend to have a lot of medical problems. So narrowing down the list of small dogs, we finally came across the corgi. Up until that point, all I knew about the corgi was that they were beloved by the queen…. and that was pretty much it! But after doing extensive research (I weighed the pros and cons and called my former dog trainer, whom I respect and would immediately dismiss if she said it was a bad breed), realized that corgis are one of the most loyal herding dogs out there and was ultimately the perfect dog for us.

To give you a bit of background, there are two types of corgis out there: the cardigan corgi — these are the ones the queen has and are most distinguishable by their long tails — and the pembroke welsh corgi. We ultimately chose the latter as they tend to be smaller and seemed more appropriate for apartment dwelling. Despite what most think, they’re actually bred for herding as their low stature is perfect to avoid the kicking legs of cows. Who knew, right?!

Like any good herding dog, Oshie is a loyal, responsive dog who is quick to let you know what’s up… or wrong. She’s not a yappy dog, but she will let you know if something is amiss with a couple of solid, loud barks. In terms of physical activity, she’s perfect for us apartment dwellers. She requires less than an hour of solid exercise (i.e. running), in addition to a couple extra walks throughout the day. Then she’s out like a light and either curled up in her bed or on the couch sleeping. She’s the perfect dog for us! If you want to know more about what she gets up to, check her out on Instagram.

As for where we got her, we found her through a breeder in Arizona (by way of Seattle). The majority of the closest breeders are based in Washington State. To find a registered breeder, please check out the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Association of America: there you’ll find a list of all registered breeders within the state. You could go the route of an unregistered/backyard breeder but you run the risk of your puppy developing health issues, inbreeding and not to mention (potentially) a poor quality of life for the parent dogs as the breeders focus on pumping out new litters. I would have adopted if I could, but there just wasn’t a dog available that fit our lifestyle. So I went the next option of paying someone who took amazing care of her corgis: Robin from Desprado Pembroke Welsh Corgis. She owns multiple AKC Grand Champions and Performance dogs, and Oshie in particular, was bred with 2 award-winning show dogs. (If you want to go the show dog route, you’ll have to pay extra and then deal with the after effects of not spaying/neutering your pup.)

I’m so happy we went this route and even though we paid an arm and leg for her, Oshie has the best temperament, a gorgeous, shiny coat of fur and a sharp brain that lets her learn tricks faster than we do! If you have any other questions, feel free to leave a comment below or send me a note!

 

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15 Comments

  1. Sabrina
    April 28, 2017 / 4:45 am

    Did you get Oshie as a puppy? (You mention on your post that she has been bred twice, so maybe you got her as a retired breeder?)

    • Ana Douglas
      April 29, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      Hey Sabrina! Oshie’s parents were 2 award-winning show dogs. We got Oshie as a puppy… she was almost 3.5 months old by the time we met her!

  2. May 2, 2017 / 1:17 am

    They are also some pet shops that might be selling Corgis even though they might be more expensive and might not provide the extent of information a Corgi breeder will.

  3. Sabrina
    May 2, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    Ana, would you share the link to the breeder you got her from?

    • Ana Douglas
      May 11, 2017 / 8:52 am

      Hi Sabrina, here’s the breeders website – I’d highly recommend going here even though getting there can be a pain. Trust me, the dog is worth it! http://www.despradocorgis.com/

  4. Sasha
    July 24, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    What is the process of bringing a new animal across the border? Are there papers to fill out, or any taxes? Of course it would all be worth it in the end.

    • Ana Douglas
      August 3, 2017 / 3:11 pm

      Hey Sacha, it was actually quite easy. There aren’t any restrictions if your puppy is under 3 months. If (s)he is over 3 months, you’ll need proof of immunization and most importantly, a rabies vaccine which your breeder should be able to do (ours charged us for the cost, as it was additional). Hope that helps!

  5. Lian
    August 24, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Ana,
    My niece is really eager getting a corgi. Is there a contact number for Robin from Desprado Pembroke Welsh Corgis? I couldn’t find it in the wesite.

    • Ana Douglas
      August 28, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      Hi Lian, no, we corresponded entirely via email.

  6. Jean Lum
    August 28, 2017 / 11:59 am

    Hi Ana, Did you have to wait long for your corgi? A breeder in BC and one in Alberta stated it was at least one-two year wait. The one in Alberta closed her waiting list till further notice. Also, did you get screened by the breeder? Thanks

    • Ana Douglas
      August 28, 2017 / 6:35 pm

      Hi Jean, no we didn’t – we got lucky and we ended up getting the last puppy the breeder was saving. So between finding the breeder and picking up our corgi, it only took about 3 weeks. Typically I’ve heard it takes 6-9 months.

  7. Kathleen
    September 8, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Your blog is incorrect as the Queen has been a life long lover and breeder of pembroke welsh corgis not cardigans as you state.

    Great blog though and corgis are great dogs and have one who is 9 from a breeder in Alberta who sadly does not breed any more.

  8. Desprado Corgis
    October 1, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Hi Ana
    Thank you for the referrals. You may give out my email.
    I just want folks to know that I will not ship my puppies. It’s just to dangerous. They can get a direct flight via Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Tucson Az. They can take the puppy back in cabin in a Sherpa Bag. My old website is not working properly and very out dated. I would rather email be used. Thanks again and give beautiful Oshie a hug for me. Love Robin

    • Dominique
      October 12, 2017 / 11:11 am

      Hi Robin,
      Could I get your email address? I’m very interested in corgis and have been doing some research on getting a puppy.

  9. Jerry
    October 12, 2017 / 8:04 am

    Hi Ana,

    How much was the total cost involved in the process? Also did you drive to Seattle then fly to AZ?

    Cheers,

    Jerry

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