Well, we missed our chance to photograph this
puppy in full puppy bloom! At 12 months of age, this puppy is well into
her yearling shed, and the puppy coat is going fast. In fact, most of it
is already gone. But even without hair, we continue to love this puppy.
Like Puppy Number One, this puppy's bodily proportions
from the neck back have changed little since her last evaluation at four
months of age. Like the other puppies in her litter, she appears to have
more neck now than she did at four months. Even more important, the size
of her heads now fits the size of her body! She's still longer in body than
any of her littermates, but we think she appears balanced. Her final height
turned out to be 14-3/4 inches.
This puppy moves well in all directions and
stops four-square. We continue to like her head and expression. Like Puppy
Number One, this girl's ears are bigger than we're used to seeing. But she
holds them well, and they break nicely. Her head planes are good and her
eye is quite sweet; however, she has fallen off just slightly in muzzle
since she was a puppy -- something that did not happen with any of the other
puppies in this litter. But we expect it to fill in again by the time she
is two or two and half. And we think she'll be fairly competitive in the
ring once she gets her next coat.