What is a Heritage, Legacy or Preservation Breeder
Purposefully bred purebred dogs brought to you by AKC preservation breeders. We’re so proud of what we do for the next generation of happy, healthy Cardigan Welsh Corgis.
As they say perception is reality and for many the word breeder is a dirty word. What is the difference between me a responsible breeder and a commercial/profit breeder, a backyard breeder or the horrific puppy mill breeder? Sometimes it is hard to tell if you are not a “dog person” and you are just trying to find a nice puppy for your family. So what am I in reality?
I am a Preservation Breeder, as such it is my job to preserve and protect the legacy of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and to work at moving the breed forward.
Let’s face it Preservation Breeders like me are never, ever going to produce enough dogs to satisfy the dog loving general public. There are lots of puppy buyers out there that might be wonderful homes but don’t meet the criteria that I set out for my placements. In reality, commercial/profit breeders are going to take the place of what we now call “responsible breeders” and they will be selling dogs that may have some health testing etc., since that is what much of the public now expects. So how do we the “responsible breeders” of today educate the public on the difference?
Education, anyone can talk about breeding dogs. Why should someone listen to what I have to say? Why? Because I am a legacy breeder, that is why. My job is to protect and support the breed and as such I should be mentoring anyone interested in the breed. Does mentoring mean I’m going to sell you a puppy? No, but it does mean I’m going to give you the best information I can and give you the tools you will need to make an informed decision on how best to choose a dog for your lifestyle.
So who made me a Preservation breeder? Well I made myself a Preservation breeder and I did that by hard work. First I know that I have Cardigan Welsh Corgis, dogs that meet the breed standard. How do I know that? I took them to 3rd party experts for evaluation. That’s right I took them to DOG SHOWS! There was enough consensus that they met the breed standard that they were awarded Championships. These dogs that look like Cardigan Welsh Corgis but do they that act like Cardigan Welsh Corgis? Well, yes they do and I know that because I have them in working events and out in public where their temperaments are tested so I know they are smart and loyal and biddable and act like a Cardigan should act.
Ok, so now as a breeder, I know I have dogs who look and act like Cardigan Welsh Corgis but are they healthy? Genetics, environment and plain old luck can make a difference in the health but as a Preservation breeder I am doing what I can to make sure the dogs that I am using in my breeding program are producing healthy puppies. Many breeders do health testing but using the test to produce superior puppies that look and act like Cardigans are what should be expected from a Preservation breeder.
Now as a self-proclaimed Preservation breeder whose job it is to protect and promote the breed I have put in a lot of hard work to protect the breed. I’ve bred to the standard, I’ve made sure my dogs are temperamentally sound and Cardigan like. I’ve done my health testing and made it available to interested parties. What else should I be doing to protect and promote the breed? I should be educating and mentoring people who are just discovering our breed. That includes telling potential puppy buyers that a Cardigan might not be the right breed for them. Helping new people at dogs events, any new person, not just the people who got puppies from me or my friends. People who get a Solstice puppy will know because I am a Preservation Breeder and that they can always count on me to assist them with their dog and I will be supportive of their success and failures
I should also be serving the breed by working with other Preservation breeders and the parent club to promote and protect the breed. By educating I should be helping the public understand the difference between a Preservation breeder and others who breed for profit. I should educate not preach.
So as a self-proclaimed Preservation Breeder have I fulfilled the requirements what I believe separates me from profit breeders?
What is a Heritage, Legacy, or Preservation Breeder? Courtesy of Solstice Cardigan Welsh Corgis.
Art courtesy of Paula Zan Mythling Studio
Purebred courtesy of Solstice Cardigan Welsh Corgis