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"Live Long and Prosper!"


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That could well be the official breed motto.  The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is normally a healthy dog with a life span of about 12 to 15 years. Cardigans generally remain active and alert long after other breeds have advanced into old age. In fact, one of the points we have tried to illustrate with this web site is the vigour and 'joie de vivre' of some of our Cardi senior citizens, such as Patches (Our Blues) and Emily, pictured here at the age of 11.


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Emily's sire "Percy," (Am/Can/Mex. Ch. Aelwyd Hotspur) is shown here at the age of 10 when he won the Veteran Sweepstakes of the CWCCSC specialty in California.  Percy lived life to the fullest for 15 years.


Cardigans are relatively free of genetic defects. The most serious genetic problem has been Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), which causes blindness in young adult dogs.  While the number of affected dogs does not appear to be large, it is of great concern to conscientious breeders because, until now, it has not been possible to identify carriers of the defective gene until their affected offspring begin to go blind.

Now there is a test to detect carriers of PRA before they are bred. The DNA-based test can determine whether any Cardigan is a carrier (i.e. having one copy of the affected gene and one normal gene); is affected by the defect (i.e. having two copies of the affected gene); or is genetically clear of the defect.

ALL of our Aberwyvern Cardigans have either been tested themselves, or have been cleared through the genetic testing of both parents, and are CLEAR of PRA. They can neither develop the condition themselves nor pass it on to their offspring.