Evaluation of Puppy Number Three at 13 months:
This puppy can "use himself" better
than he is doing in the photo at left -- pulling himself up and showing
his neck and outline -- but it was a hot afternoon and he was not about
to put a great deal of effort into posing for the camera. Oh well, so we
won't put that photo in a "Sheltie Pacesetter" ad... it's still
good enough for the purposes of this webpage.
Like his sisters, we expect this puppy to mature
into a very nice adult. We do not expect him to be competitive until he
is two and a half or three, and he will not be shown until he is ready.
At just over a year of age, Puppy Number Three
is still very physically immature. Typical of Penny
kids his age, Puppy Three lacks bone and body; but we think both will come
in time. Otherwise, this puppy has all the right pieces. We love his head
and expression; we love his front and rear angulation; we love his movement
and showmanship (okay, well, maybe not on hot afternoons). So now we just
have to wait for all those pieces to come together in a more mature male.
His mature height turned out to be around 14-5/8
inches -- somewhat less than the 15 inches we'd hoped for. (But he's still
bigger than Nick!)