I don't know what you expect a 7 month old puppy to look like, but that is about as much substance as you'll find in most lines. The judge isn't looking for who has the most substance at that age, they are looking at conformation. It's an age where many labradors are going through the uglies - and that boy is looking absolutely fine to me. As long as he moves nicely there is nothing that would stop me showing him in any show.Tatyana said:For a specialty, I don't think he has enough substance at this age.
I have to disagree. A puppy should not look like a 3 YO mature dog at 7 months. This puppy looks very appropriate for his age.Tatyana said:For a specialty, I don't think he has enough substance at this age. I would not try to bulk him up though. He's in great shape, I'd keep him looking like this.
I agree about the judges. It is hard to tell in the pics how moderate he is. There really is nothing to gauge size against. That is why I always hesitate to comment on picsFallRiver said:Peggy I agree that a puppy should look like a puppy. But this puppy would be much smaller than others his age at a specialty. I would be selective about the judge and stick to European judges with a nice moderate puppy like this guy. If you enter under Kendall Herr or Roy Cone for example, they would be looking for more dog than you happen to have at the moment.
Having said that, so many puppies clean up at shows and specialties and then fall off the face of the earth as they end up overdone and stuffy. Nothing wrong at all with looking like a puppy...it sometimes means that you forego puppy wins, but these dogs can clean up when they become veterans