Breed notes by Elizabeth H. Anderson, Bluehill, Maine.
AKC Gazette November 1937.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America herewith makes its bow as a member club of the A.K.C. Our club was formed by three pioneers in February, 1936, and our corgis have forged ahead so fast that we are now a full fledged club with members in California, Montana, Minnesota, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New York. There are 23 members in all, and of these only a few are "one dog" members, the majority are breeding Pembrokes with great enthusiasm.
Although our breed has been represented at almost every show this year, the entries have been small, much smaller than they should be. There is no better advertisement, no better publicity, than a good entry at shows, and I hope that we will soon see an improvement in this direction.
Also, the registrations are not increasing as they should, so fail to indicate how our breed is increasing. Please urge people to register their imported corgis even though they may only be pets, and be sure that the people to whom you sell puppies register them.
By far the best plan is to register your individual puppies when you register your litter, and if this were done I am sure we would begin to have entries in every Stud Book issue.
It may be of interest to know just what kennels have taken up corgis and are breeding at present. Mrs. Lewis Roesler has probably the largest kennel at Merriedip. Mrs. Power at Waseeka runs a close second. My own Down Easters number four bitches and two dogs. Mrs. Tappin at Tapscot houses several. Miss Mirriam Hall has three bitches at Cartlane. Miss Dorothy Mittendorf has two bitches at her Elphinstone Kennels. Dr. Murray Maxwell has two bitches at his home on Long Island. Mrs. Butcher has one bitch at Cote De Neige Kennels. Wm. M. Corbin has two bitches and a dog at his Pennland Kennel near Scranton, Pennsylvania. Miss Josephine Rine has one bitch at Caldwell, New Jersey.
Moving out West we find Charles B. Owen in Minneapolis with a well filled kennel of Owencliffs. I am not sure just how many are housed there at present, but he has made a number of importations. In Montana, Jimmy Jones also has a number. Lucky dogs! I don't believe they have to live behind fences. Further out, in California, Mr. Tidd and Miss Burless have a small but prolific kennel, and are doing spendidly with the breed. Forrest Englehart, also in California, has imported a bitch, and expects to found a kennel.
Practically all the people I have mentioned have already made their name with one or more other breeds, and have taken up corgis as a side line. In more than one instance the corgis are usurping first place in the kennel.
Prices are holding up well, and I do believe will continue to do so as this is a breed that will never do well if raised "wholesale" by the purely commercial breeder. A corgi demands human companionship, and will not do well if kenneled with a lot of other dogs. Two or three bitches running loose about the place and allowed to come and go as they please, seems to be the ideal way to manage a corgi family. The puppies should be handled, played with, and reared with individual attention. If handled in this way, the true corgi temperament will develop, and it is intelligence and charm, far more than appearance, that have won such popularity for these little dogs.