PHOTOS AND BREEDER'S CRITIQUES
1997 LITTER #1:
Am.Can.Ch. Chablais Don Quixote JH
Wing-N-Wave Call To Glory
Breeder's General Comments on the Litter:
This litter is Tory's second. I had not intended upon
breeding Tory a second time,
however, when I saw "Cody" while he was being exhibited the summer of
I admired him greatly and thought a cross between him and Tory would
work well on many levels. Because Tory is a small bitch, I had been very
surprised that she delivered nine healthy puppies in her first litter,
I was, therefore, equally if not more surprised with the twelve she
delivered this time. If the number of babies wasn’t enough to shock
me, the early arrival and birth in my downstair’s closet was a "first"
for me, and though I often look forward to new experiences, this
wouldn’t have been one of them. I am just thankful that the whelping
went smoothly without any complications.
I am very pleased on how this litter has turned out to this
point and am extremely interested in knowing how all the puppies
mature. Despite the number of puppies whelped, all the puppies'
weights were uniform, with birth weight averaging 5-7 oz.. The
subsequent growth of the puppies over the past weeks has been moderate
with current average weights of about 5 lbs 8 oz for the females and
about 6 lbs for the males. These weights are average with those of
Tory’s last litter, however, lower than those litters whelped by her
mom, Rogue, where the weights ranged from 12 lbs up to 16 lbs in the
7th week (at birth, Rogue’s puppies, both litters averaging 6 puppies,
usually weigh around 1 lb each). This doesn't surprise me, however,
and I have fewer concerns about the soundness of this litter on a
whole. Usually, the larger the puppies and the more accelerated the
growth, the greater the risk for bone disorders. Therefore, I feel
that this litter will probably not have an increased risk of
developing hip dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans, etc.
I am very pleased with the "expression" of these pups.
They have the classic Labrador head-- the friendly, kind expression.
On the average, front ends are well-formed and straight, shoulders
could be set back a little more; some puppies are a little straighter
in the shoulder than I prefer. Top lines are straight, some a little
longer than others, but most of the pups appear well-balanced. Rear
angulation in this litter is moderate; some of the pups are straighter
in the stifle (knee) than I prefer. Tails are longer than proper
length (just touching the hock) in some of the pups; some are carrying
their tail a little too high, but this may correct itself as the pups
get older. Temperament is perfection in this litter. Usually a
breeder will find one or two pups a little standoffish, but these
pups are people-oriented and attention-seeking. They are inquisitive
and extremely attentive. Trainability should receive high-ratings
in this litter.