in loving memory of Dan and Barbara Jessup
Height: Length: Weight: 75 lbs. Black # 3 DOB: July 21, 2016
OFA Hips: GOOD DP-17231G29F-VPI
OFA Elbows: NORMAL DP-EL3446F29-VPI
OFA Eyes: GOOD DP-EYE436/19F-VPI
OFA Thyroid: NORMAL DP-TH1646/19F-VPI
OFA Dentition: Full and Correct DE268/29F-VPI
OFA Patellas: NORMAL PA121/29F/P-VPI
OFA Advanced Heart: GOOD DP-ACA200/19F-VPI
OFA ECHO: CLEAR (2018)
DNA Degenerative Myelopathy: CLEAR
DNA Dilated Cardiomyopathy (PDK4/DCM1): CLEAR
DNA Dilated Cardiomyopathey (NCSU/DCM2) CLEAR
DNA Narcolepsy: CLEAR
DNA von Willebrand (vWD): CLEAR
DNA MDR1 (Drug Sensitivity): CLEAR
When searching for a foundation bitch I took a chance on a pure European litter what was clear across the nation from me. I spent the money to buy two bitches, assuming that I would be lucky if one of them proved to be healthy and sound in temperament and structure. Well, I got very lucky, as so far BOTH bitches (Maze and Huni) have been passing all their health tests.
I was very lucky to find a neighbor who was willing to co-own Maze with me, so that Maze would have an opportunity to live with a loving family of her own. So Maze lives the VERY lucky life of a farm dog here in Eastern WA and is a MUCH loved dog. Maze is a big, robust, working type bitch with rich mahogany markings.
I am not a fan of the AKC show ring. The show ring, with its emphasis on extremes in type and lack of concern with temperament have ruined many breeds. In America, a dog enters and leaves the ring a winner or a loser - and no one has any idea why. Judges do not explain their decisions, so little education can happen ring side for dog owners. Dogs compete against each other, with First Place often going to a poor specimen who is "best of a bad lot".
The Europeans have a much better system. Dogs are judged against the standard, so that if there are two or more very good dogs, they can ALL receive the coveted "V" (Excellent) rating. As well, if there is NO dog of sufficient quality to earn a "V", the "V" title can be withheld. Best of all, dog owners receive a written critique of their dog from which they can learn the good and bad points of their animal.
There is an organization which now offers European style shows. A dog can earn its "International Champion" title if it receives a score of "V1" (Excellent) three times under judges from at least two different countries. This title should not be confused with the old AKC "Int. Ch." which a dog earned by winning its championship in three separate countries.
I don't take these titles too seriously, however I do find the written critiques helpful. I prefer that people interested in my dogs hear what an impartial person has to say about them than just me. So listed below are the four written critiques Maze received while earning her Int. Ch. title.
Maze at 12 weeks of age; a BIG pup!
OVERALL IMPRESSION: feminine with good type; COAT: good color and markings; HEAD: feminine and well shaped; BITE//MOUTH: good bite and dentition; EYES: well shaped and set; EARS: uncropped but good set; CHEST: good depth and spring; FRONT QUARTERS: could use more layback, BACK QUARTERS: good muscling and angels; TAIL: slightly low tail set; TOPLINE: strong and level; MOVEMENT: correct for breed V1
OVERALL IMPRESSION: nice young bitch; COAT: correct texture; HEAD: good chiseling and planes; BITE//MOUTH: correct; EYES: well set, dark; EARS: natural, well leathered and set; CHEST: well developed; FRONT QUARTERS: well set and used; BACK QUARTERS: strong and well used; TAIL: well set, a bit low; TOPLINE: correct, slightly steep croup; MOVEMENT: good front and back V1
OVERALL IMPRESSION: well built, solid; COAT: good color, rich markings; HEAD: fits dog, good wedge shape; BITE//MOUTH: correct; EYES: well set and shaped; EARS: well set and carried; CHEST: well developed; FRONT QUARTERS: strong bone; BACK QUARTERS: well muscled; TAIL: well set; TOPLINE: correct; MOVEMENT: good V1
to go to Huni's page to see