Showsight Presents The Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Q&A cardigan welsh corgi

Medium-sized, achondroplastic, all-purpose! 4. What to you is the ultimate hallmark of the breed? Long, low, balanced, the silhouette and front. 5. Are there any traits in this breed you fear are becoming exaggerated? The length and balance due to loss of rib cage length in proportion to loin and rear. 6. Do you think the dogs you see in this breed are better now than they were when you first started judging? Why or why not? We have developed better fronts and our overall silhou- ette is more correct to the standard. We have gotten away from the incorrect fronts and exaggerated turnout of front legs. This is a much more pleasing to the eye (and standard) dog than those we had in the early 80s. I am concerned about some lack of correct bone that is being seen. 7. Your pet peeve in the show ring is…? People who misunderstand the standard and will show anything in effort to complete championships. This is caused by a lack of proper mentoring of our new comers and breeders who have not taken the time to study and learn what makes a “correct” Cardigan. 8. What advice would you give a novice exhibitor? Find a mentor who has credentials and is willing to teach. Go to the Nationals and regionals and take in all of the offered educational programs. Talk to a lot of different people. Don’t let one person be your only teacher. 9. What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever experienced at a dog show? I can remember one National in Texas. It rained until the ground was a quagmire. On Saturday I lost one shoe (a brand new SAS) in the mud. The next day I lost a second shoe (another brand new SAS). Never were either of these shoes found! The third day I wore one of each—all that I had left! JON KIMES 1. Please tell us about your background in Cardigans, including kennel name, highlights, judging experi- ence. We’d also like to know where you live and what you do outside of dogs. I obtained my first Cardigan when I was 13 years old through the Paul Nigro Jr Showmanship program that he used to run through Dog World magazine. My kennel name is Pluperfect for the Cardigans (I have used various other kennel names for other breeds). Pedigree studies will reveal that several of my dogs are behind a large percentage of the most influential dogs in the world. My Ch Pluperfect Primrose ROMg is behind over 90% of cur- rent day national specialty winners. I have bred or owned over 120 champions; the majority are Cardigans. I have

“I wAnt ELEGANCE AND CLASS.”

bred or owned dogs that have won major awards (win- ners or better) in the national specialties for 7 breeds. I worked for professional handlers as a teenager and start- ed judging in my early 30s. I try to restrict my judging to specialties or supported entries in the three breeds I am licensed for Bull Terriers, Cairn Terriers and Cardigans. I have judged throughout the US, Canada and England. I am not a big fan of club work but have been on the board of directors for 3 national breed clubs and have served as the Breeders Educational Chair for Cardigans and the Breed Standard Revision Chair for Löwchen, amongst other activities. I have an MBA and work in the corporate environment in project management, my partner is an attorney as well as a Spanish and French interpreter. We currently house about a dozen Cardigans, several Chihua- huas, a Manchester Terrier and a Bichon Frise. 2. What five traits do you look for, in order, when judging Cardigans? What do you consider the ulti- mate hallmark of the breed? Outline is very informative and here I am looking for balance, meaning I want the head to fit the body and not be incorrectly proportioned or too large, a good reach of neck, good angulation on both ends, a long silhouette with a rather short loin, a prominent pro- sternum that sweeps down between the forelegs and slightly rises to the undercarriage, and reasonably heavy, round bone. I want a front that is symmetrical and one that is functional, the wrap should fit the front like a glove and the pasterns must be strong and not weak and sloppy. The head must be beautiful, the proportions all exactly correct with a good sized and well placed ear, a correct finish to the muzzle, a good sized, chiseled eye and the correct wedge without any cheekiness. Body shape should possess good rib spring with a moderate waist and then widen again to the rear quarters. Bone should be round, solid with good sized round feet. I want elegance and class. 3. What are the most important traits that distinguish a Cardigan from a Pembroke? If one remembers the Pembroke has Spitz heritage and the Cardigan does not, this will inherently put you on a good path. Pembroke bone has a more oval shape, the ribbing is more oval, the underline is straighter, the tail set is usually higher, the front has less pronounced crook

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