Muddy Paws Corgis: Founded, Owned and Operated by Brandy Samson
Our Corgis lives are updated regularly on our Facebook page, Muddy Paws Corgis.
( Facebook.com/Muddy00corgis ) You are more than welcome to follow along to see what they are up too, see their puppies stories and watch them grow until they go to their new homes. You will also see updated posts about our dogs there, watch them grow and see their lives while they are in our care. We also update our Facebook page when we are expecting a litter and birth announcements once puppies are on the ground. If you at any time have a question about our dogs or puppies please message us and we will get back to you at our earliest convenience.
Gestation: 65 days, raising puppies: 8 weeks (or more)
That's 16 weeks
Days, hours, minutes, and seconds of constant caretaking, cleaning, feeding, providing love, giving of self, sleepless nights, constant worry, checking temperatures, health testing, X-rays, ultrasounds, skulls and spines, assisting delivery, checking weights, feeding, loving, calls to the vet, emergency visits, second guessing, questioning, am I doing this right? are they healthy? is momma ok? does she need more calcium? is she bonding with them? is there enough milk? was that a cough or a sneeze? are they getting enough stimulation? checking applications, screening new families, being verbally abused by those you denied, having to say goodbye to the little pieces of your heart... the list goes on and on, and it doesn't include all the things that could go wrong, or the time spent getting ready to breed.
How do you measure your worth? How do you put a price on all those seconds, minutes, hours, days and weeks? This is not a get rich quick scheme. This is your heart and soul in four tiny paws, this is your whole world in wet noses and puppy breath...
So you want to get a Puppy from a reputable breeder, but why are they so expensive!! Must be ridiculous, are the breeders just lining their pockets, that must be it right 🤷♀️ easy money? 🤷♀️
Well let's look into it from a Breeders perspective, how did they start.
Well let's say you want to become a Breeder and you are just starting out with your breeding program. This doesn't run in your family and your new to it all but you have the passion, love and Drive it takes to be a Breeder, and wants to be not just good but a Reputable one.
First place to start is those countless hours done with researching the breed, reading all the books, searching up on the web, researching pedigrees, attending dog shows (if possible) and reaching out and speaking to many, many breeders. This could take months, or years. And once you have learned about your breed their temperament and their breed standards, you start in on all the hours your researching on their health. The Testing that is involved with the breed of choice. Learning what you can to have the best knowledge on the breeds health and wellbeing. If your Lucky you can find a Mentor to help you along the way, because no amount of reading or research will give you the years of experience a Mentor can pass on.
Once you have done all your research and have a Basic idea on where you want to be going with your breed and your breeding program. Whether it be into the Show room or just providing well rounded puppies that meet all your requirements to good homes. Then you can start looking into buying your breeding dogs or female for your breeding program.
Purchasing your puppy at 8-12 weeks old and Raising them yourself for the next 12-24 month before even being able to breed them. Feeding high quality good, getting great vet care, training your dog, countless hours of your time and effort go into your new dog/dogs to bring them up. Doing all required health Tests, and hoping they pass, that come with your breed. Praying your puppy grows into the dog you are hoping/looking for and wanting to continue with in your breeding program, or going out an purchasing fully grown animal that's had all the training, testing and has grown into what you are looking for in your program already (more money to purchase but meets all requirements your looking for)
For those who are wanting to Show and title your dogs, you have the countless weekends and hours of learning to handle and show your own dogs and then putting the money into showing them. Or Finding a Handler and paying handling fees to have your dogs off in the show ring. What may take weeks, months or even years, and now you have a Fully titled dog/dogs for your breeding program that not only meet your expectations, but also Breed Standards based on your breed through your breed Clubs. Assuming all went as planned and your dog has grown into exactly what your wanting, including passing all health testing. Now you think your ready to start breeding.
You start spending more of those countless hours researching and speaking with your mentor/or other breeders and your vet or repro vet. Learning all you can about breeding and raising a healthy litter of puppies. You talk about all the good and all the what if's, what know, and what Can happen during the pregnancy, labor and raising puppies. It's not all butterflies, unicorns and rainbows, so you need to prepare yourself. Hopefully and with luck, when you do start breeding you own both of your dogs and done all the above with them. If not you will now start your search for a stud male to breed with owned by another breeder, that meets what your looking for when breeding.
Breeding two dogs doesn't always go smoothly even when we have done everything right. Sometimes Breeding 2 dogs takes more effort on our part then simply just pairing the two together. And if you don't have your own stud your adding in a Stud fee as well. Progesterone Testing to make sure your female is ready or when she's at her peek of breeding time. If you cannot natural tie and or you need to use an outside Stud dog. Then you will have to revert to the following with are also out of pocket costs. Artificial Insemination, surgical Insemination, etc. Along with Fresh, chilled or Frozen Semen. There is so much more that CAN go into breeding two dogs for a successful pregnancy, aside from pairing the perfect dogs you have chosen to breed. and we wont begin to discuss what can go wrong even after a successful breeding.
However let say Congratulations and your Female is now Pregnant, and your expecting those little toe beans and Amazing little Bundles of joy to come into the world in 63 days or so. Now comes all the planning and preparing for your newly arriving litter.
You will need a boat load of supplies. As well as a designated whelping/birthing area in your home that may or may not be the Nursery where your babies will stay from birth until they go home at 8-12 weeks. An area that can be expanded as those fuzzy nuggets grow. Whelping/Birthing and Rearing supplies include but are not limited to, a Whelping box/pool, an abundance of towels, sheets, puppy pads, thermometer, scale, floss, string or bands, dull scissors, surgical scissors, hemostat clamps, some form of Calcium (calsorb/oral cal plus/etc.) A way to keep records, sanitary wipes, puppy formula, bottles, syringes, tubes, sponges, heating pads/lamps, betadine/rubbing alcohol, bulb syringe, latex gloves, KY jelly/lubricant, trash bags, stethoscope/fetal doppler, paper towels, nurture cal/kyro syrup, Granules, high quality puppy food, your vet and your emergency vets Phone numbers, charger. Phone, COFFEE/Energy Drinks, don't forget the keep you awake juice, etc. Once you have all the above or more you should be okay to start whelping once the time comes. Moms high quality food changes just before or right after puppies are born. Moms also need care during their pregnancy, many but not all breeders do ultrasounds and or X-rays during the pregnancy to confirm pregnancy and know what to expect when the time comes.
The day comes and mom is in labor. And it does not always goes as planned. Some moms need Emergency Cesareans or Veterinarian assisted Births which can get very costly. Be prepared to do a lot of extra care for puppies an mom if this happens. Sometimes moms don't make it, sometimes puppies don't make it but we always, always hope for the best. Let's say all does go well and mom births those babies like a champ, now that you have been up for the last 24-48 hours and you hope for sleep. Well Congratulations no more straight sleep nights for the next 2, 3+ weeks. Even if all went well it's always best to stick close to mom and babies to avoid accidents. At this time mom should be on a Self feeding schedule or be fed regularly. She can eat as much as she wants to keep these puppies and herself going.
You will be tracking weights on your puppies daily or a few times a day the first few weeks. To make sure everyone is gaining or maintaining and doing well. Keeping them warm and their area clean. Handling them daily and if you go the extra mile performing ENS (Early Neurological Stimulation) daily, for the first 2 weeks and starting puppy culture. To give your puppies the best start to their lives and once they leave you going into life with their new homes! On the chance that you have to help supplement puppies and or fully takeover as mom. You will need to be up every hour with them making sure they potty (as puppies need stimulation until their old enough to go on their own) and they need to be weighed, fed and weighed again every 2 hours, as weeks go on the time between feedings get longer.
Don't forget to stalk up on laundry detergent and cleaning supplies, bedding, newspaper, puppy pads. Pellets, turf or shavings. as its going to be come a regular multiple times a day Task cleaning up after and taking care of these little pooping machines once their up and going. Around 3-4 weeks of age you will start making puppy mush for your pups and feeding them 3 to 4 times a day. And as the weeks go on their food becomes more solid until their fully weaned off mom, or your done supplementing and their doing well on solid Dry food. They should be eating 2-3 times a day dry food at 8-12 weeks of age.
All the hours and days and weeks you spent writing out your Contracts and Applications have finally come to good use, because during the 8-12 weeks that your Raising these puppies you will also be sending out, accepting in and reviewing many, many applications. Take hours and hours of your time going over every one that you get, trying to select and make the best decisions for your puppies, choosing the best homes possible. Even once you have Accepted people to take your puppies home once the time comes, you spend hours lying awake at night wondering if you have made the right choice and that these puppies will be taken care of and Loved by their new families. You wonder how could someone put as much love and effort into them as you do, but when you find those perfect homes you just know it! And it fills your heart with so much joy and love knowing you have done tight by these little babies that you have loved and will continue to love for the rest of their lives. During the puppies stay with you your not just feeding, cleaning up after, teaching them, starting training with them and playing with them. Your also starting a Deworming protocol every 1-2 weeks until they go home. Providing first and sometimes second shots before they leave your care, vet visits and health Certificates. Your sending puppies home with puppy care packages, that may include but not Limited too: veterinarian paperwork, litter Registration, toys, blanket, treats, paperwork, information packages, food, etc. This stuff you put thought into sending them off with.
The day finally comes where you have to let them go. Its heartbreaking but rewarding when you let your babies leave, filling their new families hearts with so much love and joy. And your reminded this is all worth it. This is one of the reasons why your a breeder, not just to preserve the breed, not just to better the breed, but to give families the love and joy that comes along with raising and living with this magnificent little/big beans for the rest of the puppy/dogs life.
You may or may not be in the hole at the end of a litter, you may or may not have made money. And if you did you know a majority of it will be going back into your dogs and your breeding programs, because raising, breeding, showing and Loving these dogs is not cheap. But it's what we as Reputable breeders have chosen to do.
When you reach out to a breeder and ask them why they price their puppies the way they do please do it respectfully. When someone comes to us saying they cannot afford our prices, it's a red flag. If you cannot afford to buy a puppy how will you afford the puppy in the future. What if you have a major vet bill, or you cannot afford a treatment your puppy/dog may need. Will this said puppy/dog be sent to a shelter, will you let him or her suffer or even die. REMEMBER: It's the What if's that come with owning a puppy. If you can't afford the puppy, then maybe you wont be able to afford the care if "god" forbid something were to happen.
If you try to talk a breeder into lowering their prices that's just WRONG so please with all do respect DON'T. You wouldn't want your boss paying you less expecting you to do all your work and more. Just walk away and look elsewhere, because if your looking for a cheap puppy, then maybe they are not the breeder for you. Find a shelter or even a back yard breeder that is in it for the money, and don't degrade a Reputable Breeder for the way they price their puppies.
Please Do your Research before inquiring about a puppy. Make sure this is the right breed for you. You will need to understand that these dogs are from the herding family. they have a strong work drive. You will need to understand that this breed is very vocal. Another thing that gets people is this is a breed that sheds A LOT! They have two primary shedding seasons that last six months each time. in other words hope you have a good vacuum and a sturdy broom.
BEFORE BUYING A PUPPY!!! Whether you are buying from us or from someone else please keep in mind, Puppies are exactly that, they are PUPPIES! Please make sure you are prepared when you bring a puppy home, as you are now its new parent. They chew, they mess, they get into EVERYTHING, and they bite. Puppies are like kids, they don't like being told no, but it has to happen. You will need to make sure you are up to the challenge before getting a puppy. Raising a puppy is expensive, hard, repetitive, and tedious. your buttons will be pushed, but very rewarding in the end if done right. Socialization and proper training is KEY!!!
Owning a puppy or a dog is a long term commitment. It may be fun to think about having an adorable new furry friend, but they grow up. can you commit to a 12 or even 15 years. If life happens will you be able to let it happen with your new dog? (Marriage, Divorce, New Baby, New Job, Moving, Traveling, etc...) Do you understand the Costs in owning a dog. Not just the initial Buying of said puppy/dog, but the costs of raising and owning a dog. (Vet bills such as yearly shots, food bills, housing bills, boarding bills, training bills, destruction bills, etc...) PLEASE MAKE SURE A PUPPY IS THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
After everything is carefully thought out and you decide that a puppy is the right fit for you, then CONGRATULATIONS! now its time to make sure you find the right breeder that works well with you, and be honest with that breeder. If you don't like how they do something or don't agree with their breeding program, TELL them you are moving on so you don't leave them hanging. Creating a relationship with the breeder is a major process.
As a breeder I bring these puppies into the world, loving and caring for them. I will always be there for the life of the puppy. It breaks my heart when someone drops off the face of the earth and never updates me on how the puppy is doing. So please never feel like you can’t contact me with questions and update me on your puppy as it grows. Your updates will never be annoying, even if their every day!