Those of us who grew up with the breed might define the Pembroke Corgi as a tough, hardy, healthy and long-lived cattle dog but just how accurate is that description in the 21st century?
The answer is that, whilst we might have a good idea about our own dogs, we just don’t know about the state of the breed overall across the UK.
As the parent breed club, The Welsh Corgi League is pleased to be able to partner with the Kennel Club and this initiative is a good opportunity to assess breed health and longevity. The idea of course is to identify any developing disease trends within the breed and take any necessary action, before the conditions become endemic.
All UK based League members (be they breeders, exhibitors or simply companion owners) receive an annual survey. The first part deals with diagnosed conditions, the second with mortality and the final part with screening results.
At present there are no KC/BVA health screening requirements for the Pembroke Corgi in the UK, however some of our fellow enthusiasts overseas routinely take advantage of testing for some/all of the following:
Hip dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, vWD type 1, Cardiac and Eye conditions, Exercise induced collapse and Degenerative Myelopathy.
Various tests are available in the UK so we are interested in results from those Corgis who have been screened here.
The survey is completely anonymous and the results are collated and returned to the Kennel Club breed health department for further analysis. Annual survey findings are posted on this website.
All members who own a Pembroke Corgi are stakeholders in the breed and The Welsh Corgi League hopes for an excellent uptake of each survey.
The future wellbeing of this brilliant native breed lies in our hands, the current membership.