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    DefaultYou think Homer has show potential?

    OK now that IŽve finally mastered this art of posting pics here, and also got some nice shoots of the pup, I was wondering if the show experts could give your opinion.

    I really donŽt care much about showing him but since I got him I agreed with his breeder that if they thought he had potential IŽd let handle him (his papa is a Mex CH and they want to start showing his off-spring).

    Bear in mind this is a british blooded dog, so heŽs not as massive as the American bloodlines (heŽll be showing in Mexico if he does indeed). He just turned 16 months old

    This is a lateral, tail looks high but he was excited with neighbors dog:


    3/4ths head view


    3/4ths rear view


    last one is a 3/4ths front view


    And... hereŽs Misha, couldnŽt resist this pic. If cute factor counts little miss vanity Misha would certainly win points with this pic

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    DefaultRe: You think Homer has show potential?

    It might just be from the day you took the photo, but the tail is held too high. Otherwise he looks like a nice boy.

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    DefaultRe: You think Homer has show potential?

    Not unless he drops that tail. I know, I have one of those also.



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    DefaultRe: You think Homer has show potential?

    I agree- the tail carriage is too high in those photos...looks like his tail is set properly, though.

    Having said that, the rest of him looks nice and I have seen *much* worse tail carriage before in finished champions in the United States. Probably depends on the judge, the region, the competition, etc. I'm nowhere near an expert, though. Has your breeder seen him? How does he hold his tail when gaiting?

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    DefaultRe: You think Homer has show potential?

    Thanks

    The tail is not usually carried that high, what happened is that the neighborŽs dog was barking at him and he was all excited runing around. His "everyday" tail is usually flat with his body.

    The breeder has seen him three times since I got her (sheŽs actually the one interested in showing him, IŽm not much into showing even though IŽve show dogs in the past). When he was 4 months he looked very promising and she took him for a weekend but ended up not showing because he got an upset stomach.

    Then she saw him again when he was around 9 months old but then his head looked very small compared to the rest of his body and wanted to wait til he was done growing. IŽll take him in a couple of weeks for her final evaluation, and the sheŽll decided if he starts training him for showing.

    HeŽs a sweet boy, but I donŽt know how she will teach him to behave to be checked up by the judge. HeŽll probably want to jump over him, play bitey with his hands or start playing with the other dogs

    IŽll let you know what she says, and try to get "less excited" pics to see his regular tail carriage

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    DefaultRe: You think Homer has show potential?

    He looks pretty nice to me. The tail could be an issue..or not. If your just looking to get out there and have a good time.
    Most photos you may see of my boy in the yard he often has his tail carried high. But in the ring he always gaited with it straight out and also baited and stacked for me with it straight out.
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    DefaultRe: You think Homer has show potential?

    thanks

    In my case itŽs more for fun and to help the breeder. As long as the pup enjoys it I donŽt mind, for him it would be another experience and hopefully will learn to settle more around dogs (heŽs still very playful and gets very excited around other dogs)

    The other dog I showed for over a year was my Great Dane, and she was doing OK (won a couple of points) but in the end she really didnŽt like it, she always wanted to be by her momŽs side and never quite bonded with the handler

    IŽll let you know next weekend after the breeder sees him, in the meantime IŽll take pictures of him in a relaxed mood for you to see his tail

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    DefaultRe: You think Homer has show potential?

    The tail is the major issue for me, but it looks like he lacks rear, 2nd thigh, is upright up front, and could use a touch more bone to him for my taste.

    He's got a gorgeous head though!

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    DefaultRe: You think Homer has show potential?

    Thanks for the comments I appreciate it.

    ItŽs funny how they develop their muscles... thinking heŽs a male I thought he was going to be full of muscles very young, but instead has taken longer than I thought. His tighs used to be pretty flat, even though they have filled in the last months. In contrast, in the case of Misha I can see all the muscles in the rear and in the shoulders.

    The reason why the breeder wanted to wait so long for the final eval (heŽs almost 17 months) was because she told me most of her males take more than two years to "fill" out...

    My bet is that if he shows heŽll be disqualified for jumping and playing bitey with the judge... he may be a big boy in size but still thinks like a 6 month old...

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    DefaultRe: You think Homer has show potential?

    Quote Originally Posted by luvmydogz2much
    The tail is the major issue for me, but it looks like he lacks rear, 2nd thigh, is upright up front, and could use a touch more bone to him for my taste.
    I agree with this poster! The tail is a major killer. And even though you say he was excitable--it can happen at the show ring too with that many dogs around. When I see a dog in the ring with tail like that--it is a major killer for me. The rear too doesn't look like there is enough.

    If you can get additional photos with his head down so you can really see where the shoulder hits it might be better too.

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