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What are some tips for buying Welsh Corgi puppies?

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Never buy a Welsh Corgi puppy on impulse. Spend time interviewing different breeders, learning about their dogs and deciding which one is the best fit for you. Be prepared to wait for the right puppy, since excellent breeders often have waiting lists for their puppies.

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Learn how to recognize a good breeder. Make sure all candidates test their dogs for the genetic diseases that Corgis may have, such as hip dysplasia and Von Willebrand's Disease. This should come in the form of written proof, such as a certification from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Puppies should never go to their new homes before they are eight weeks old, and waiting until the puppy is 10 to 12 weeks old is even better. Make sure your breeder has a sale contract and read it thoroughly.

Decide what you want to do with your Corgi before you begin shopping for a puppy. Corgis in conformation shows may come from different lines than Corgis used on farms to herd sheep. If you want a family pet, you may want to avoid working breeders because their puppies may have a higher herding drive.

Once you have found a suitable breeder and are waiting for your puppy, spend time puppy-proofing your home. Corgi puppies are energetic and may be destructive until they learn appropriate behaviors, so make sure valuable items are out of reach. Develop a plan for safely containing the puppy in a small area when you cannot supervise it directly to avoid inappropriate chewing and housebreaking accidents.

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