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Old 19-09-2017, 05:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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new to showing would like different opinions on my dog she only 25 week old at moment what you lot think ?
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The view is a little high. Ideally she should have been photographed from level wither head. But saying that, front and rear angulation and shoulder placement appear quite reasonable. Head quite nice, but at 6 months old that is likely to change a little yet. It's quite heavily stopped, a little more than I prefer, but modern bitches in the ring are more heavily stopped than the dogs of my youth. Ears might be a little large. They give me the idea that there could be a dog from working lines somewhere in the pedigree. Not a bad natural stand. Personally I would prefer to see her carrying a bit less weight, but sadly that's what the judges like these days. But to me brought up on Labradors from the 1960/70's it's simply not right. The Labrador should be a middleweight hunter, not a cart horse, to the extent that the KC added the lines into the breed standard :-

Characteristics: . . . . . . . very agile (which precludes excessive body weight or excessive substance).

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Body: Chest of good width and depth, with well sprung barrel ribs - this effect not to be produced by carrying excessive weight.

Sorry to harp on about this, but it's something I feel very strongly about. Judges are beginning to take notice of weight, but they have a long way to go before they get back to such dogs as Ch Candlemas Rookwood Silver Moonlight, my all time favourite and grandsire of my first Labrador.

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thanks for the reply as for there being working lines in her I have been through her 5 gen and cant see any that stand out as working line mostly madras and rocheby its nice to get another opinion as you always look at your own with different eyes then other people do
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