Cooper here is 15 weeks on Monday. I show my Great Dane but have never shown a lab before. What do you think?
I think he is gorgeous !
I'm sure some breeders will chime in soon,
the board tends to be slow on the weekends !
I love him but I still pretty new on the show thing so I won't venture there!
Ahhhh he is pretty!
Where are you from?
I think this is a terrible age to evaluate him from. He seems to lack the substance seen in the ring, but could very well be the age he is at. Can we get a picture of him freebaiting?
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I think you are right will try to free stack. He does look different then he does in the picture. He weight 30 lbs but it does not show.
This is the wrong time to look at a pup. Plus the photo needs to be straight on. From this angle, the tail set does not look nice.
Hopefully you bought the pup from a good breeder that can help you and that shows themselves. If they do not show themselves, it's doubtful that the pup will have a successful show career. Labs are one of the harder breeds out there. You need lots of them for 3 points and you'll have the divide between the moderate all breed winning show types and the specialty winning show types.
Yes the breeder does show. I also have support from the breeder that has the sire. And also the breeder that has the Grand father. All breeders show and have done well. All do health testing and have CH dogs.
It is a very bad age to evaluate a puppy- they are all legs. LOL BUT, this boy seems to be short-coupled, balanced, has nice length of neck and good coat for a yellow. He seems a bit long through the hock (metatarsal region) but I doubt that will really slow him down much. He is also pretty moderate, but it could definitely be age... tough to evaluate his degree of bone right now. And yes- more moderate typically does better at all-breed shows and under foreign judges than they do at a specialty show under American breeder-judges in my experience.
Definitely try free-stacking. Most judges and other people want to see an animated, wagging labrador in the show ring. The easiest way I've found to "ruin" a nice puppy is to get too serious and try hand-stacking. It just makes them a lot less excited to show, in my experience. (been there, done that...took me another 18 months to finally get said puppy wagging and showing well again since he was so concerned about standing still and being a statue- very serious!) Don't know if you are doing a lot of hand-stacking right now, but if so, stop and get him free-baiting with a good tail wag before giving him cookies. Have fun with him- you can always get more serious later.
Last edited by CaliforniaLabLover; 01-22-2013 at 06:04 PM.
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