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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-15-2008, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all! Could you tell me if you think Dallas has show potential?
From what I could measure he was right in the middle of the allowed range for height/length/weight. There was a lot of fuzzy, opinion statements in the standard (please don't take offense. I am an engineer. I like numbers).

He is 3 years old. Is that too late to start? I call him 'little boy' because he has the personality of a little boy, although he is starting to act like an adult. Sometimes strangers say, "Him? Little?"

As a puppy the breeder said he was a show dog, and he has his papers. People are always commenting about what a handsome dog he is. So, I think I might take up dog shows as a hobby. Even if he's not a show dog, he is a loved pet. He is hard to get a photo of because he is so focused on us. That is the "hey, what interesting thing are you doing?" look.

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Re: Opinion on my little boy

I dont know anything about show quality...but man he is a BEAUTIFUL dog!!

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I dont know enough to give you my opinion on if he has show potential or not, but he sure is a gorgeous boy!

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Since he is looking at the camera, I searched for some 'head shots'. It takes a visiting puppy to distract him.


The flash was a little bright in this one, but you can see his ears. In the first photo he was listening for the neighbor's dog, his buddy.

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I think he would do good, I show in the akc and ukc rings if you can get one of him stacked that would be great but I would show him, he is very handsome,

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I wish I could offer a real critique, but I think he's gorgeous! I love his color and his markings are beautiful! Very handsome boy.

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Gorgeous pigment it looks like, and nice bone on him! I don't know enough to comment beyond GORRRRGEOUS!!!

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He's very handsome and has a nice bone structure. What I like to see in the ring is happiness in the work. I had a male who was east german, very dark, built like a bread truck and had a face that scared just about everyone. In the ring, he was exuberant about doing his commands and always had a smile. The judges loved him.

When you're doing OB with him, his tail should be wagging, his eyes focused on you and a little spring in his step (not jumping just merrily trotting). That makes a good show dog.

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Oh good! I know I can not be unbiased, I think he hung the moon. Plus, except for the rare ugly dog, I think they are all gorgeous.

It will be Christmas before enough people are gathered to stack him. I will follow the instructions here and post the photos.

He is very focused on me, so that should be an advantage.

Part of my training method might be a problem. Figuring that dog butt on floor equals dog unable to do anything bad, I trained him so that good things comes to sitting dogs. I even had strangers stop petting him when his butt lifted. Now I worry he will sit when he isn't supposed to.
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Re: Opinion on my little boy

just a little bit of work, if you are doing conformation just teach the word stand then once that is down then work on moving his feet into position.

also if you are looking into doing conformation, use a different collar and lead with him so he will learn the difference in collars for the different things you are doing, and he has to be intact to be shown

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