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So, you want to be a championship dog breeder? Part three

Coco and Deb
Coco and Deb
Deb Shindle

Every breeder worth their blue ribbons has a unique story of how they got started. When asked what initialed her interest, Deborah Shindle said it began when she was showing hunter jumpers in her childhood. Corgis are big in the equestrian world. When she stopped showing horses, she made the decision to start with Pembroke Welsh Corgis. She began Riverside Pembroke Welsh Corgis in 1978 in Vero Beach, Florida.

“As I started I was able to meet the Cardigans, so when the opportunity arrived to start with a nice bitch, I jumped on it,” thus she’s been breeding them since 2008. Coco was whelped on December 22 of that year, obviously a great foundation for her kennels. She was sired by Champion Twinroc Santa Paws, the dam was Champion Telltails Showgirl. What a fortuitous coupling it turned out to be.

When queried about the foremost aspect of her breeding, she replied, “Abiding the best I can to the (breed) standard while improving each generation and maintaining superb temperaments.” This sort of responsibility is impressive; Deb is an AKC Breeder of Merit. When the subject of puppy mills was broached, Deb advised, “Always refer puppy inquiries of any breed to ethical breeders who are members of breed clubs that have a code of ethics.”

It is not hard to understand why Deb always has a waiting list. She feels, “Fortunate to be able to choose appropriate homes.” When asked what she looks for in a prospective owner, she told me, “Someone who understands, has time for and appreciates the nature of a herding dog; doesn’t mind double coated dogs, and is strong enough to be a consistent disciplinarian for the testing nature of these breeds.” She, “Qualifies the homes so she is confident puppies are placed in a loving, caring environment.” Also, “I encourage owners to stay in touch via e-mail and cell phone.”

Upcoming: Part four