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So, you want to become a championship dog breeder? Part five

Deb and Coco
Deb and Coco
Deb Shindle

When queried of the basic differences between the Pembroke and the Cardigan beside the tail, Deb replied, “They have different kinds of bone, ears and head. The Cardigan comes in more colors. Coco is a brindle. The Cardigans are more reserved, stubborn and smarter. The Pembrokes are more happy go lucky and more willing to please.” One word to describe each? “Cardigans are serious. Pembrokes are clowns.”

This candid photograph was taken in 2013 when Deb showed Coco at Westminster to Best Of Breed. I believe it underscores a sublime understanding between the two. This year, Deb was only eight weeks post-operative with a replaced knee, so Lois Demers was doing all the work in the ring. Coco won Best Of Breed again in 2014 and that enabled her to become Best Of Group (Herding). The Puli took second, the German Shepherd Dog third and fourth was the Old English Sheepdog. With the accolade of Best In Group, she was given the chance at Best in Show the following night.

Deb got to bed at 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Her husband John, knew and kept telling her Coco was going to take Best Of Group. I asked if she could believe her ears when Coco won. “It was very exciting to watch her win in such stellar competition.”

I asked what she considered her greatest achievement since becoming a breeder. “I am the fortunate breeder-owner-handler of a history making Pembroke and breeder-owner of a history making Cardigan. My Multi BISS, Multi BIS GCH Riverside Wicked Wonderful ROMX is the only foreign bred Pembroke to win the Breed at Crufts (Major British Dog Show) and icing on the cake, Reserve (second place) in the Pastoral (herding) Group. In the states she is the only ROMX in the Top Ten Best In Show Pembrokes and number three Brood bitch. And of course, Coco is the first Cardigan to win the Herding Group at Westminster."

Thanks to exceptional breeders like Deborah Shindle, the very best Pembrokes and very best Cardigans are here to stay!

If you want to learn more about Deborah Shindle and her Pembrokes and Cardigans, access Riverside Pembroke Welsh Corgis. There is a wealth of information, photographs (including puppies!), original artwork and answers to many questions. You can reach Deborah at

Upcoming: Part six

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