What’s Lure Coursing?!

What’s luring you ask? Lure coursing is a sport for dogs that involves chasing a mechanically operated lure.

In lure coursing, dogs chase an artificial lure across a field, following a pattern that is meant to simulate live coursing. A typical lure course is between 600 and 1000 yards (548 to 914 meters) long. In Europe the course length can be over 1000 meters, and may incorporate some obstacles or jumps. The course must have a minimum number of turns in order to simulate prey (the jack-rabbit or hare) changing direction in a chase. The fields can be fenced or not. If a dog is lure focused they will typically follow the lure from start to finish and not run off course. Dogs with some considerable lure experience, termed “lure-wise”, may try to anticipate or “cheat” by attempting to cut off the lure instead of trying to capture the lure using follow, speed and agility.

Since Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis are not sight hounds, they compete in what is called a Coursing Ability Test (CAT). The AKC also offers lure coursing titles for all breeds through the Coursing Ability Test (CAT). This program is pass or fail. To pass, the dog must complete a 300 yard or 600 yard course (determined by breed) with enthusiasm.

Here’s a 2006 video of a PWCCP Pem chasing lures.


AKC on Lure Course

Wikipedia – Lure Coursing


Second Annual Corgi Only CAT – May 9th, 2015!

We are excited to announce that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Potomac (PWCCP) will be holding the Second Annual Coursing Ability Test (CAT) on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in conjunction with our Fun Fair at Johnsville Ruritan Club Clover Drive Union Bridge, MD.

Roll Call begins promptly at 8:30 am.

Our judge this year is Dr. Kammi Kai Hefner, President of the Chesapeake Bay Area Rhodesian Ridgeback Club. Members of her club will be running the lure equipment. Bonnie Louden will return this year as Field Trial Secretary with assistance from Sue Geiger. You will find the premium on the Club website (www.pwccp.org.) or a link on the PWCCP Club Facebook page.

To request a hard copy please contact Carol Schwartz at

After the CAT, please plan to stay for the Fun Fair and Fun Runs.

Hope to see you all there!

Performance Award

 DUE BY OCTOBER 31st! Click here for performance award criteria!


The Chesapeake Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club Performance Award program is intended to stimulate interest in and encourage participation of Cardigans in the many performance activities available to them.

This award is available only to dogs that are owned or co-owned by a CCWCC member.

The dog must be registered with the AKC

Members must submit an application and provide proof of the dog’s titles or qualifying scores.

The award will be announced once a year at the December meeting and will be presented at that time or will be mailed in a timely manner if the owner is unable to attend that meeting.

Applications must be postmarked on or before October 31st. If an award or title is earned after that date, it will be considered for the next year’s award if the proper application is filed..

Certificates will be awarded in each event, which shall include:

  • Agility
  • Herding
  • Obedience
  • Rally
  • Tracking

Points may be earned from participation in events of the following associations or groups: AHBA, AKC, APDT, ASCA, CPE, DOCNA, NADAC, TDAA, USDAA, UKC.

Other performance groups and events will be considered by the committee on a case-by-case basis upon application by the dog’s s owner (i. e. fly-ball, musical free-style, dock dog, etc.)

There shall also be an award for the dog that has scored the most points in multiple events. This award shall be called The Chesapeake Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club Top Performance Dog Award.

At the discretion of the committee there may also be Special Recognition awards for dogs who have achieved recognition above and beyond the scope of our regular awards. Owners are responsible for apprising the committee of such an achievement.

The point system is as follows:

For Agility, Herding, Obedience and Rally

  • Qualifying Score = 1 point
  • Qualifying Score + 4th place = 2 points
  • Qualifying Score + 3rd place = 3 points
  • Qualifying Score + 2nd place = 4 points
  • Qualifying Score + 1st place = 5 points
  • Title = 6 points
  • HT and PT titles = 3 points each title

For Tracking

  • TD = 6 points
  • TDX = 8 points
  • VST = 10 points

Championships in any performance event and a UDX shall be awarded 10 points

RAE shall be awarded 8 points. High in Trial in any event shall be awarded an additional 2 points.

To receive a copy by mail, contact:

Mary A. Munro


Please contact either Mary or our admin for additional contact options.

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