Monday, June 25, 2007

The Saga Begins

Yup, that's right.

It looks like we'll be breeding Ridge and Elsie.

Elsie's tests all came back wonderfully ("Good" hip-joint conformity; "Normal" elbows; and fine on her eye certification).

Elsie is now 2.5 years old, and this is her fourth heat cycle. And she's a fabulous Lab specimen: solid on breed standards; super temperament; sweet, gentle, affectionate disposition; high intelligence; incredibly strong retrieving instincts; solid genealogy.

Elsie has everything we'd love to see perpetuated in the breed (otherwise we wouldn't consider breeding her).

Ridge came to us as a three-year-old, experienced stud with solid certifications and genealogy. He brings additional strengths, too, especially agility and color. He, like Elsie, has a sweet, affectionate disposition, high intelligence, strong desire to please, excellent trainability, and solid retrieving instincts.

Since both are yellow Labs, together Ridge and Elsie will produce only yellow pups (anywhere from white to fox red on the breed-standard color spectrum). We're hoping the pups will continue their strengths.

So here they are, the two we're hoping will produce a terrific litter of sound Labrador puppies:

Ridge, the sire:

And, Elsie, the dam:

I think they make a pretty good pair.

What do you think?

'Til next time,

1 comment:

JuliaR said...

They are a lovely couple! :)