We are VERY pleased to announce that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Health Survey is now up and running on the OFA website. This is a very comprehensive health survey for our breed and will help us determine which health issues are of most significance today. The results from this survey will then help us direct research funding towards these health issues.
It is important that all Pembroke Welsh Corgi owners participate in this survey. Before you answer the survey, take the time to review the health problems for each dog you have owned. You will be asked if your corgi has had a disorder in various body systems, this will then lead you to specific diseases in that body system. You may go back, reset or quit the survey at any time. Remember to try and use a veterinary diagnosis whenever possible.
This survey can be taken for corgis living or deceased.
The link is http://www.offa.org/surveys/survey_pwc.html or go to www.offa.org and find "Surveys" on the home page and go to Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a true dwarf (chondrodysplastic) breed. Therefore, despite the Pembroke's smaller size, Pembrokes are proportionally built just like the larger, "normal sized" dogs. Fortunately, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a relatively healthy breed with just a few health concerns that affect our breed. Many breeders will have their corgis tested for hip dysplasia, eye disorders and von Willebrand disease (vWD). Other health screening tests are also available to the breeder if they choose to perform them. These include tests for elbow dysplasia, cardiac health and degenerative myelopathy.
Members of the PWCCA are bound by the club's Code of Ethics, which calls for breeding only animals of sound temperament and structure, with clear/normal hips and eyes, and clear of other known inherited problems. When evaluating a breeder and considering the purchase of a puppy, do not hesitate to ask questions such as:
Be realistic. There are more unknowns in canine genetic research than hard facts. Many genetic tests are not 100% clear cut, they just act as guidelines for the breeder. It is a buyer/breeder beware world. Look around and ask questions. Pembrokes typically live 12-15 years. Healthy, active, alert Pembrokes are a positive indication of a solid genetic background. Only by asking questions, observing firsthand, and being realistic will you gain insight into the genetics of the line of Pembrokes you are considering. There are no easy answers, and no substitute for observation, questions, and above all else, realism.