Puppy Number Three is pictured at 11 months,
but is 12 months old at the time of this writing (8/12/98). We made the
mistake of trying to photograph her on a very hot afternoon, and she was
understandably less than cooperative.
But although she is not standing very well in
the photo above, it's good enough to get an idea of her overall balance
and bodily proportions. A slower developer than her siblings, Puppy Number
Three was still somewhat leggy and out of balance at four months (click here), when her littermates had already attained
close to adult proportions. However, by 11 months, Puppy Three is looking
considerably more "together" -- rather grown-up actually.
Her mature height turned out to be less than
the 14 inches we had hoped for -- closer to 13 and a half, actually -- but
she has plenty of bone and substance to go with her "big dog attitude."
And as you can see from the head shot at right, she also has plenty of muzzle
and underjaw. Unlike many smaller Shelties, this puppy is not at all snipey.
Her head planes did go slightly off parallel
between the ages of five and eight months -- something that sometimes happens
with Penny children or grandchildren (the dam of
this litter is a Penny daughter). As long as the planes were good earlier,
we expect them to come back, and that's what's happened here. They still
are not as good as they were (or as good as those of her littermates), but
they are much improved. And we love her ears; they're a beautiful size and
shape and are set well on her head.
This puppy has very good front and rear angulation
-- probably the best of the bunch -- and she moves quite well. This will
come in handy because she'll have to keep up with much bigger bitches in
the show ring. We think she can do it. This is not to say that finishing
this one will be easy. Her size and color will present some major challenges,
but we're going try our best to find the judges who will appreciate a girl
who is very small and very black.