From the Genetics Committee of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, Inc.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a true dwarf (achondroplastic) breed. Therefore, despite the Pembroke's smaller size, Pems are proportionally built just like the larger, "normal sized" dogs. Fortunately, in the United States the genetic pool is quite large, giving breeders options to avoid known genetic problems such as long coats (fluffies), mismarks (whitelies or bluies), monorchidism, hip dysplasia and inherited eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy.

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:

What should a prospective buyer or breeder do to increase their odds of avoiding genetic problems?

Be realistic. There are more unknowns in canine genetic research than hard facts. 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.

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