Whew... we're glad we hung on with this one
through the awkward-looking stages and concerns about his size. He certainly
wrote his own growth chart. At one point, around five months of age, he
actually measured a full INCH above the top of the top grey area on the
Nobel chart! But we hung in there, and he stopped growing early, as Penny children and grandchildren tend to do. His final
height ended up just over 15 and a half inches.
We like this puppy's outline, balance, and length
of neck -- for a while there, his neck completely disappeared, but it came
back. He was really lacking in body around seven or eight months. At that
point, we were predicting he was going to be a three-year-old before he
was ready to be seen in public. But he's changed very much, very fast --
really maturing and bodying up within the last three months or so. We now
think he may be competitive when his next coat comes in.
This puppy is somewhat straighter front and
rear than we like, but he is balanced and moves cleanly (singletracks front
and rear), although his movement is more "puppyish" than any of
his sisters. He was extremely narrow in front just a few months ago, but
that has improved significantly at this point.
This puppy has a beautiful head -- lean and
smooth -- and a very sweet eye and expression. He inherited his dam's beautiful
natural ears. And he uses them! A natural showman with a long attention
span, he'll stand and bait for as long as you want.
We are especially thrilled with the temperament
on this puppy. He has to be one of the most stable male puppies we've ever
had. Nothing but nothing bothers him. We still think about the time we took
him on a road trip, and a huge, noisy Mack truck pulled up just a few feet
from his ex-pen at a rest stop. He glanced up from peeing, "grinned"
at the big trucker emerging from the cab, and immediately went back to what
he had been doing.