INFORMATION ON BUYING
POTENTIAL SHOW DOG
think you want to show, and you want to buy a good dog that can win it's
HOW DO WE EVALUATE
A PUP SO THAT YOU KNOW IT IS TRULY GOING TO BE A SHOW DOG THAT WILL BE
ABLE TO WIN.
* To find the right
Ask how many champions
they have made over the years.
Ask if the pup has
a champion mother or father, or better, both parents as champions.
Ask what they will
do to help you get started and how they can help through the dog's show
career as a mentor. In addition to this, the breeder should test for vWD
and have a history of healthy dogs. You may have to sign a sales agreement
that guarantees you will show the dog.
This is the norm.
that is younger than about 6 months is just a show prospect.
A 12 week old puppy
is going through so many changes, that it is not easy to predict any outcome,
let alone determine ratio. If it is a breeder's pup, and they have
been breeding AND showing for many years successfully, they may be able
to give some idea of promise, but still that is all it is....a possibility.
I think that it is better to wait for more maturity.
SHOULD THE DOG BE LIKE TO BE A GOOD SHOW DOG?
IS CONFORMATION OR BONE STRUCTURE.
explains well the relationship of the bones which are the framework of
the dog. This is going to be fairly evident by 6 mo. You can find
the standard explained at this link: http://clubs.akc.org/stca/stcastd.htm
You are thinking:
"I've heard it's hard to tell their potential at a young age. Hard,
but not impossible at taking a guess, right? I worry that maybe her
parents' backs are too long."
My opinion is
that if you have an experienced show breeder with many champions from that
line, you may be able to trust that breeder's instincts. Otherwise, IMPOSSIBLE,
and if you get a 14 week old that turns out to be a show dog, that is luck,
not expertise on your part.
If you worry
that the parents have long backs, DO NOT BUY THE PUP. Length of back is
* SECOND IS ATTITUDE:
A puppy may
be comfortable at home, but what about noisy dog shows? Generally, a puppy
that is 6 mo or older has been to show training class and is lead trained.
The best youngster will not flinch with loud noise, will walk with head
held proud, and will say to the world "look at me"
* THIRD IS MOVEMENT:
By the time a pup
is 6 months, the bones are largely in place and movement is generally displayed
as it will be when the dog is adult. The legs should be straight, the elbows
in, and a good reach and drive with front and back legs will be obvious.
Also, the legs should move parallel to each other, and not wobble from
side to side, like a washing machine.
* LASTLY, A DOG MUST
HAVE GOOD TEETH.
You must have
a correct scissors bite, a bad bite will result in a dog that will have
a hard time winning even if everything else is good.
You will not
have a full adult set of teeth in place until between 5-6 months. Even
with them in place, sometimes the bite can go at a later age, but it is
not common. The teeth have to be right.
is excellent place to have dentition explained with drawings and explanation
excellent with photos
in an adult canine should be 42.
For all of these reasons,
you should probably not choose a show puppy before it reaches about 6 months.
Even then there is some risk that the dog will not turn out to be a show
dog. But any pup younger than 6 months is a big risk, especially to a novice.
HERE TO SEE PHOTOS TO LEARN
SCOTTIES AVAILABLE FOR SHOW.