The Cardigan Welsh Corgi in Germany
first Cardigan Corgi to be registered in the Stud Book of the Club für
britische Hütehunde (British Herding Dogs) was Rowbarge Delaney (Rozavel
Galawnt – Bronze Merit) born 27.11.66 (ZBrH 1).
the very first Cardigan to be registered was the tricolour dog Rozavel
Gwenhope (Rozavel Trecun Stanhope – Rozavel Blue Sky) born 23.10.63 and
bred by Thelma Gray, England. But he was mistakenly registered as a
Pembroke in 1967 (ZBrH 96).
Delaney was a big tricolour dog who had been left behind by a member of
the British occupation army and was rescued from an animal shelter by
Werner Berges in Münster. Mr Berges was also the owner of the Dutch bred
Amiable Schira of the Royal Dog (ZBrH
2), a small and rather fragile red and white bitch born 30.03.73 by
Llanarth Ifor out of Lovely Anja v.d. Besthemer Molen. From this odd pair
Werner Berges bred the first Cardigan litter (A) in Germany. The 4 dogs
and 2 bitches born 19.09.74 were registered with the affix zur
Coermühle. Mr Berges repeated the mating in 1975 (B-litter, 9 puppies)
and 1976 (C-litter, 8 puppies).
in 1974, Margarethe von Soest, a breeder of Old English Sheepdogs in
East-Friesland with the affix von
Casa Ursae, bred a single Cardigan litter by Rowbarge Delaney (ZBrH
3) out of Downholme Pride of the Dale (Downholme Johnie Boy – Downholme
Enchantress), both UK imports.
The German breeder who so far has bred the greatest number of Cardigan Corgis is Helga Beddig, Alsfeld. From 1976-1992 she registrered 23 litters with the affix aus Cingkarlad. Her foundation bitch was Alice-Rozavel zur Coermühle from Mr Berges' first litter, and her red and white import Downholme Red Dragon (Ch. Winsdown Blue Disc of Robgwen Downholme Beaulah) born 17.03.73 (ZBrH 3) was used extensively at stud. In 1983, in order to introduce some new blood, Helga Beddig imported the black and white dog Beckrow Best of All (Ch. Wendac Jaunty Beckrow Blue Gardinia) born 08.02.83. "James" was a very successful show dog and quickly gained many titles. He was also used at stud by other breeders.
One of the early Cardigan
breeders who deserves mention is the late Dr. Ilse Koch, Zewen. From 1980 1991 she
bred 5 litters with the affix vom Voerder Ländchen.
Her foundation bitch was the red and white Bessy von Casa Ursae (Rowbarge Delaney Downholme Pride of the
Dale). Sadly Dr. Koch and her sister Edith Hermann, who bred two Cardigan litters with the
affix vom Römerstädtchen, lost 3 brood bitches
by poisening on one and the same day during Easter 1986. For many years, Dr. Koch was the
breed representative in Germany.
1988 Hans and Brigitte Schewior, Münster, bred 9 litters with the affix zur Haskenau.
Their foundation bitch was Bianka-Rozavel zur Coermühle (Rowbarge Delaney
Amiable Schira of the Royal Dog).
Ursula Lehmann in Munich bred 5 litters from 1979 1993
with the affix von der Münchner Peripherie.
Her foundation bitch was Chika-Rozavel zur Coermühle which had 3 litters. The last two
litters were out of Chica v.d. Matten (bred by Mr Stöckli in Switzerland).
2001, Mrs Tennie, Rheine, bred 9 litters with the affix zur Emsfähre. Her foundation bitch was Elka zur
Haskenau (Ch. Robgwen Something Special Ascha zur Haskenau).
From 1987 1993, Doris Düwel bred 11 litters with the affix Jolly Cardis and from 1994 1995 3 litters with the affix "Faydom". Her foundation bitch was Adda vom Galloway Yard (Ali aus Cingkarlad Emy vom Voerder Ländchen). In 1995, Mrs Düwel moved to Finland where she continued to breed Cardigans with the affix of Faydom.
In 1999, Dr. Heiko Delorme,
Ochtrup started breeding Cardigans with the affix vom
Bökerhook. His foundation bitch was Fairground Black Magic Angie (Royal Corgis Alien
Jolly Cardis Blue Jaunty Jane). Until 2001, 4 litters were registered.
The breeding of Cardigans in Germany was greatly influenced by dogs from the Netherlands, namely:
Ch. Lees Black Berry, Imp.UK (Rozavel Merioneth Ch. Lees Rhiwelli Blue Ray)
Ch. Robgwen Something Special, Imp. UK (Ch. Winsdown Blue Disk of Robgwen Robgwen Pride of Place)
Ch. Finnshavn the Exciseman, Imp.Canada (Ch. Finnshavn Whiskey Tax Ch. Medwyn la Belle Canadienne)
Ch. Elmo The Dog's Cabaret (Ch. Corgi's Ecco Daisy The Dog's Cabaret)
Between 1972 2001 a total of 631 puppies from 197 litters were raised. During the same period 15 dogs and 23 bitches were imported. The greatest number of puppies - 51 from 9 litters - were registered in 1986. Since then, registrations have gone up and down with 36 puppies from 6 litters in 2001. At present it seems that the Cardigan's popularity in Germany is rising.
In 2002, the first speciality show for Cardigan and Pembroke Corgis took place in Bad Salzhausen. Judge: Joy Tonkyn, England.
The minimum requirements for breeding are:
HD-status A or B, for bitches also C
Two show results from two different judges with the grading: "excellent" or "very good", for bitches also "good".
No eye tests are required for Cardigans.
while the following is recommended:
Eye examination from the age of eight months: free of all hereditary eye diseases.
Correct bite and complete set of teeth
Show results: two "excellents" from two different judges
The German Cardigan breeders have reached an agreement that breeding stock is analysed for PRA in case the dog/bitch is not hereditarily clear.
Germany is a member of the FCI and the Club für britische Hütehunde founded in 1889 keeps the Stud Book for both Welsh Corgi breeds since in 1961.
Werner Tennie, Rheine, October 2003
English translation: Anita Nordlunde, January 2004 - Revised 28.03.2006