Cardigans can have problem temperaments. For some reason they seem to be very susceptible
to improper socialization. A Cardigan who is not given all the appropriate kinds of early
puppy socialization, and then continued until they are over a year can very easily turn
into a problem temperament. That is one of the major reasons why I do not believe in
kenneling Cardigans. I don't feel that they respond well. But, to tell the truth, very few
of the Herding breeds respond well to kenneling. They are for the most part people
oriented breeds, which need
Why do we try
so hard to excuse temperament problems by either re-writing the standard to suit what is
in our kennel, or by passing them off as temporary. "Oh, he's just arrived and isn't
used to us yet." "She's in season, she's never like this at any other
time." "It's the color of your dress. He doesn't like red." (This when
we're talking about dogs who are color-blind!) I've heard all kinds of excuses, and I must
admit that I've made some myself. When I was breeding German Shepherds I never would have
thought to make excuses for bad temperament. It was just too dangerous to have a dog that
big who was unsound mentally. Somehow with a smaller breed we're just not as worried as
with a big breed. This ostrich-like form of denial does not help our breed at all.
What kinds of
temperament problems exist in the breed? I see dogs who are shy and end up as fear-biters,
some dogs who are dog-aggressive, and many who just do not adapt well to new situations.
Some of this is inherited, and some is the way the dogs are raised. Look around you in the
ring. Do some stud dogs or some bitches seem to consistently produce bad temperaments? Is
it just the way they are raised, or perhaps it is inherited. Do they all come from the
same kennel, or out of different situations? The AKC standard asks that our dogs be
adaptable. Many of them are not. They are situation secure. As long as they know where
they are, and whom they are with, then they feel secure and act secure. But, put them in a
new situation or with new people and they are all over the place.
temperaments are just plain wrong...or else the standard is wrong.