Holling (Whelped 5/13/97)

Bred by: P. Davol
Owned by: D. Kroll & G. Meagher (Edgewood, RI)
"Blue Boy" (black)
Photo by P Davol (Copyright 1997)

"Blue Boy" is one of four black males in this litter. He weighed approximately 7 oz. at birth. He is an extremely outgoing and sociable puppy. He comes when called and will follow one to the ends of the earth with tail always wagging. He does exhibit an inquisitive nature and is neither timid nor fearful of new experiences. He approaches new obstacles cautiously but with a desire to investigate. His attention span is extremely good at this age and he demonstrates good eye contact which suggests to me that he will excel in aspects of training and learning. He is extremely docile and submissive, enjoys being handled and cuddled. Interacting with his littermates, however, I find him neither timid nor shy nor is he a bully. Though not an instigator of trouble, when crossed, he is fully capable of defending himself. From a conformational standpoint, in doing my 6-7 week evaluation of the litter, Blue Boy is one of the more "typey" specimens within the litter (i.e. his bone and structure are very typical of his English line). He has a well- domed head and I expect him to develop a beautiful, broad head also characteristic of his English heritage. His muzzle is short and tapered reminiscent of his grandmother’s, as is his expression. He is thicker and shorter in neck than some of his littermates, and has a straight, correct front. Shoulder angulation is adequate and shoulder blades could be a little more set back. Bone and substance is exceptional in this puppy. His topline , as well as his length of leg are shorter than his other littermates and combine to present a balanced picture. His weakest point is his rear angulation; he is straighter in stifle than I care to see, however, I expect him to develop a double-thigh (a greater width of upper leg demonstrated by many English dogs) which may serve to correct and balance this fault. I expect him to be well within the standard in terms of height and probably reach a mature weight of approximately 80-85 lbs. Additionally, although this litter on a whole does not give me concerns for structural soundness, because he is the largest puppy in the litter, is heavier boned and appears wider through the rear compared to his littermates, I do recommend moderate, low-impact exercise to keep muscle tone (ex. leash walks, etc. ) and that his body weight be maintained lean especially through the first year of development to avoid excess weight which may put stress on developing joints and bones. --- P.A. Davol

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'Copyright 1997 Pamela A. Davol'