I have a bitch that we are going to start to show again this March and she is very "doggy", but I really like her. I have had numerous compliments on her as well from people who have been showing/breeding for 30 plus years. (but I realize her type was more accepted back then)
My concern is that it will be a waste of our time, if she will be dismissed because she obviously could compete with some of the boys. Please, understand, she wouldn't be confused with a male-she has a certain softness to her which makes it easy to tell that she's a bitch but as far as looking at certain points, she certainly could compete with some dogs, I would say in the 12-18 month class, for example.
Her sister, on the other hand, competed against her at Nationals and was in the ribbons everyday. She, in my opinion, is more bitchy. She is definitely "cobby" (one of the most that I have seen), she has nice bone, but not as heavy as the girl I kept. One of the last days at Nationals, a puppy bitch that I kept admiring that week (who never was in the ribbons) finally got 1st place, she IMO was doggy, too...so, that gave me a little hope as to the future of my girl.
So I guess I have a couple of questions. First, is it worth trying to finish a girl that is more "doggy" than what is considered fashionable at the time? Second, in evaluating a litter, should you then discount the female puppy that resembles the sire to such a strong degree? (my girl resembles sire and grand sire, strangers have stopped me and guessed her grand sire) and third, in trying to breed a female, should one expect that any puppy bitches resulting from that litter will also be doggy?
Posted on Mar 3, 2011, 4:21 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199