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    DefaultOpinions...10 months

    Just wanted to get opinions on Kona's weight.* I am wondering if he is to skinny.* He is 10 months old and 65 lbs.* He is not show stock, but I would also like opinions from a conformation perspective.* I know he is a little high in the rear, but hoping he will grow out of that.* All opinions... the good, the bad, and the ugly... are appreciated!* Sorry for the lousy pics, but can't get him to stand still for the life of me!


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    DefaultRe: Opinions...10 months

    What's his pedigree like? He has the looks of a hunting/field Lab. I think he looks handsome and not the least bit thin or overweight. Just my opinion though.

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    DefaultRe: Opinions...10 months

    Ten month olds can look terribly out of proportion just because of their age (somethin akin to a lanky teenage boy). They can then look very different just a few months later, so what your boy looks like now doesn't mean that he'll look like that later!

    I am no expert, and can only give my opinions (which, with a nickle will give you half a dime!)

    It does look like though he has a lot of field lines behind him. He looks a bit long in the body, at least compared to most show dogs. He doesn't look skinny/underweight though. Does look like he has a powerful behind on him

    Are you going to use him mostly for hunting?

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    DefaultRe: Opinions...10 months

    Quote Originally Posted by Belles mom
    Are you going to use him mostly for hunting?
    He has great hunting instincts, I will be taking him out this fall.* However I am primarily using him for USAR as well as WSAR to which he has been doing exceptionally well at.* I am always amazed to watch him work.

    The reason I asked about his weight is because both of his parents were thicker, more english style (dad was 90lbs of muscle), so I am suprised to see that he has't taken more of those traits.* It will be interesting to see him develop in the next few months.

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    DefaultRe: Opinions...10 months

    The field/pet qualities are more dominant than show/bench style. If you breed a champion show dog to a field bitch the resulting puppies will be a tad thicker than the mom but not much. It's amazing how strong the more lean/lanky side usually is on a cross like that although there are excpetions - not often but they exist. A field bitch was bred to my show type male a few years back and I was shocked at a yellow male. He had a high ear set and was very tall and big (25" and over 100 lbs) but other than that he looked very "showy" and even had a thick wavy coat.

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    DefaultRe: Opinions...10 months

    The 2004 (I think?) Crufts winner, Ch. Carpenny Anchorman, was heavily FT bred. It was feared that he would be a "one off", but his daughter Annika is proof that he is breeding on. OK, his dam was a dream of a bitch and undoubtedly one of the best producers in recent years. Actually, I find surprisingly little difference in the two types in the nest. It is during adolescence that the FT side really takes over, then either mellows... or accentuates.

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