Getting a Corgi Bliss Puppy
Research the Breed
So, you've decided to purchase a purebred Pembroke Welsh Corgi. What an exciting decision! The very first step that we recommend is researching the breed. Corgis are not for everyone, as they are a breed that needs dedicated exercise time every day and training to help keep that mischievous edge in line. They can be barky, disobedient, shed out another corgi, and be hyper at times. They were bred as a herding dog who needed the energy to work, and therefor are also considered a working dog. It is up to you to make sure that you are able to provide the time and love needed to help your pup become the very best Corgi that we know they can be.
Find the Right Breeder
Every Breeder has a different process and philosophy when it comes to their breeding program. This does not make one breeder wrong or right, but helps you to decide if this is the right breeder for you and your family.
If you've decided that we are the right breeder for you, then welcome aboard! An important thing to mention is that we are a small breeder who thoroughly test and breed our dogs selectively. This means that we do not breed to fill the demand of our waiting list. We are breeding with the intention of either keeping a pup for possible evaluation into our program, or to watch them grow and consider keeping one from the next pairing. Sometimes the girls all cycle together, and we will have 2 litters at once, and then 4 - 8 months without another litter.
Fill out our Puppy Application Form - How it Works!
Our puppies only go to families who have filled out our Puppy Application Form. The more in-depth that you are with all of the questions answered, the more likely we are to feel a connection with you and want you to have one of our puppies. This does not mean that you are obligated to buy a puppy from us, this will put you on our email list that we send out when there are available puppies. There is no cost to being on this list. It is an email list that helps us keep interested families up to date on our breeding plans.
*Please Note: It can take up to a month for us to respond to the newly filled out applications. We are a very small breeder with very few puppies in a year. If it has been more than 30 days, please contact us to make sure that it went through.*
Because life can get crazy, and things can change, we do not have a “seniority” system when it comes to our puppy applications. When you fill out a puppy application, you will get an automatic response saying that you have received it. This means that you are now on our email list, and will get the newsletter emails as well as the “we have puppies!” emails. Because we aren’t a large-scale breeder, we found that many people may have rightfully moved onto another breeder before we have puppies again, and other families would miss out while we wait for a reply from them. This is why we have moved to the newsletter-like email.
While we try to send a little update every month, sometimes that does not happen, as there may not be a change in our plans, or puppies available.
Keep an eye on our "Puppies" Page
On our Puppies Page we post our plans for the future. Nothing is set in stone until it has happened, of course! Please know that mother nature is what it is, so not all females become pregnant. We do like to post a photo of the expecting parents and their pregnancy confirmation (either ultrasound or xray) with the article. If there is a particular pairing that you like there, let us know!
Review the Contract and Health Guarantee
Before putting down a deposit, we ask that you look over our Contract and Puppy Health Guarantee, which is on a PDF document below. This is what you will be signing before your puppy goes home. Our Contract does change a little every year, as we learn and add more clearances and assurances to puppy owners.
Putting Down a Deposit
When you have been pre-approved through our Puppy Application Form, you will be put on our emailing list for when we have puppies available! When puppies have been born and we know what we have available, we will start accepting deposits.
Things to know about your deposit with us:
Puppy Reservations are taken in order of dates that deposits are put down.
The Deposit of $500.00 USD is NON-refundable. However, it is transferable to another litter or available dog.
Your deposit is good for 5 years, starting on the date we receive it.
*We reserve the right to send back a deposit if we feel that it is not the right fit.
Deposits can be made through Paypal (credit card accepted), or personal check. Please contact us for our mailing address or Paypal Link.
**The Breeder always reserves the right to first pick puppy of all litters.
Putting down a deposit will NOT lock you into the original price. As we do more to genetically screen our Corgis for health clearances, our future puppy price will raise.
We require 3.5% U.S. and 4.34% for non U.S. of the amount sent to cover fees charged by Paypal. Thanks!
Your puppy is born!
This is a very busy time, so please don't be offended if we are not answering messages or keeping the website updated with a puppy count. Please give us a good 48 hours or more to catch up on our sleep and give our undivided attention to the new mother and her puppies. There are times when we do not post photos of the pups, or even announce their births until they are over a week old. This is because life can get in the way! We may be busy with mom and her pups, or we are keeping a close eye on them. There are occasionally puppies born later in the birthing process that start out weaker than their siblings. If this happens, we will be spending more time with this puppy and setting them up to thrive.
When we do settle in, we will start going down the deposit list and lining up puppy picks. It is okay to pass on the current litter if you are not ready yet- there will be others in the future that you can have the opportunity to speak for. Please know that if you are first on the waiting list, you have the option of pick of the available puppies (after our pick). We start letting people pick out their puppy based on the photos, videos, and descriptions that we share online. We have done Facetime chats to show you the pups and their personalities in real time. If you are unable to do so, we will move you to last pick as there are other families waiting anxiously to pick after you.
Watching your Puppy Grow!
Now the long wait and excitement begins! As you start to prepare your home for your new family member (setting up a designated area for them and puppy-proofing especially), we are spending time imprinting and socializing your pup. Due to our strict biosecurity, we do not allow in home visits from people/families that we do not know personally. We accept scheduled puppy visitors when the puppies are age 6 weeks and older.
As the puppies grow, we try to take weekly portraits of them so that you can watch them grow. Sometimes we are a bit late, or are busy with life, so are unable to get to the photos right away, but we do try! All photos are posted to our facebook page, so please be sure to look there for new photos. If you do not have a facebook page, you do not need to create one so that you can view the photos. We do not have the time or the internet capacity to upload many photos through email unfortunately. Usually we make a facebook album for each litter so that the images can be found easily. Unfortunatly for facebook pages you can not add videos to photo albums like you can on a personal page, so those can be found loose on the page's timeline.
As soon as they are old enough, puppies are moved to a small pen in our livingroom (the epicenter of our active home) where they are exposed to life in a household. This is when real paper training begins and we start to get an idea for who is who in the litter. We get to know their little personalities individually, and they get to start spending time separate from their littermates. This is when real confidence starts to build!
By the time the puppies are 6 weeks old, their immune system is such that they can handle outside contact with others. We schedule visits according to when deposits are received. While you are here, you have the chance to meet the mother and father of the litter, and see where they have grown up.
The only exception to this is if we have used an outside sire. If this is the case, we will share as many personal photos and videos of him as we can.
We let puppy families choose their own puppies, but are there every step of the way letting you know what we know about each individual puppy. We don't normally do any sort of standardized temperament testing because we are around the puppies so much, and are able to see everything about them in a more natural environment.
All Puppies go to our vet for a checkup at around 6 1/2 weeks. While there they get a thorough look-over by our vet (who also owns Corgis!)- heart, lungs, eyes, ears, etc. are checked to make sure that everyone is sound and healthy! They then receive their first set of vaccinations (distemper, adenovirus-2, parainfluenza and parvovirus) and another deworming. We have a deworming schedule that our vet helped us create, so puppies have been dewormed for prevention of parasites and worms according to this schedule. We also either have the puppy microchipped at our vet, or send them home with the microchips that are attached to their registration.
We own a state licensed dog boarding and daycare facility, so after the puppies have had their first vaccinations they start to see more of the world! They are able to meet and socialize safely with dogs off all different shapes, sizes, and color. They have also been imprinted on by our house cats since birth.
We like to send out a big email titled "Puppy Operating Instructions", which will help you know what we recommend getting your puppy. This includes information like: Puppy Proofing/containment, Feeding/Water, Socialization/ Training, Potty Training, Vaccinations/Deworming, Flea/Tick Preventatives, Biting/Teething, Stairs, and other things that we feel are important to know when getting a new puppy!
Important things to note:
By the day that they turn 8 weeks old, the full payment of the purchase price for your puppy is due.
All Personal checks must clear our bank before the puppy leaves our home.
All Maine Residents pay an additional tax of 5.5% of the purchase price.
Pickup or Portsmouth Meet & Greet
The long wait is over! Now that your home is ready for the new addition, you are ready to make the trip to get your pup. If you want to save driving time, we usually make a trip to Portsmouth, NH on the weekend after they can go home ( 10 weeks of age). This is a good chance to cut out 7 hours of driving, and meet other future puppy owners. We do charge an extra $150.00 for this service to cover our trip.
All of our puppies go home with their own puppy bag full of goodies! These are a few of the items that you will find in your puppy's to-go-pack when you take them home!
Bag of the food that they are currently on for transitioning
Toys that they are used to ( We go a little crazy here )
Blanket that smells like mom that they have slept with
Printout of Health Clearance Packets of the Parents
AKC & Pedigree information (with everything you need for their Limited AKC Registration)
Health Certificate from our vet
We love to see photos and updates throughout the puppy's growth and life. We like to check in to see how everyone is doing every six months to a year, but love any photos and videos that you have in the meantime. The best part about being a breeder is seeing and hearing how these little ones bring joy to their family, so there are never too many photos or videos sent our way! It really does make our day to see the hooligans in their new homes.