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Postby Sweetgrass Farm » Sat May 11, 2013 11:41 am

Just a quick shout out to the pup that I was really going back and forth on keeping. While he was listed on my "Available" page, I thought that I would take him to the recent trial down in southern California to see what he might do (I like him that much). This breeding was done very specifically as an improvement on the breed standard. Mom (Havoc) has absolutely no chest, but is lacking in bone. Dad (Mack) has tons of bone, but his chest is too big and hard, so I breed the two of them hoping I would get a great chest, good bone, awesome coat, and a sweet personality, along with hunt drive. That's not too much to ask, right? :thumbup: Well, I got all of the good things that I wanted. In his very first class, he showed like an absolute star. He was the youngest of all the pups showing (just turned 7 months), while the age goes up to just under a year. He was reserve Puppy Champion on Saturday and reserve best Dog Pup on Sunday. Hero's no longer available and my buttons are POPPING! :love: :lol: :rofl:
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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby Sabine » Sat May 11, 2013 11:48 am

He is a great little guy. He's handsome and I just love his personality. He was so patient with the little puppy girl who was pestering him all weekend.
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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby JudyL » Sat May 11, 2013 11:53 am

Congratulations on the weekend's results and the decision to keep him. :)

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Postby Sweetgrass Farm » Sat May 11, 2013 12:03 pm

Thanks Judy and Sabine! He really is such a sweetheart. This photo is the one taken of him when he was about 8 weeks old. He looks so wise. :smile:
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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby Sabine » Sat May 11, 2013 12:18 pm

Awww! :love: What a cute picture.

In this litter how much different were the coats of the puppies? I know Dax and Kona are quite different.
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Postby Sweetgrass Farm » Sat May 11, 2013 12:24 pm

There were seven pups in this litter. Of the seven, three were rough, two were broken, and two were smooth. It's such a crap shoot with Jack Russell's, never sure what you're going to get. Kona's coat is actually getting more harsh as she gets older, but she still doesn't have as much coat as Dax does (lucky you). Harry, who is Hero's brother, was definitely the hairiest one of the bunch. This photo is of him at about 5 weeks old helping me out at the computer.
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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby Sabine » Sat May 11, 2013 12:48 pm

Ha, I remember Harry. His coat is awesome! lol
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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby QBert » Sat May 11, 2013 2:08 pm

*whistles softly*
that's just a handsome, capable-looking dog right there.

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Postby maxs_mommy » Sat May 11, 2013 9:20 pm

What cuties! I love Hero's brown face.
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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby SherriA » Sat May 11, 2013 10:29 pm

Wow, he's a looker!
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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby UpwardDog » Sun May 12, 2013 10:20 am

Now I am so curious to see the difference between no chest, a too big and hard chest as well as broken coat vs rough.

Congrats on your keeper. They are all cute to me!

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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby Bari » Sun May 12, 2013 12:52 pm

He has a Dax tail. Cute boy :smile:
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Postby Sweetgrass Farm » Mon May 13, 2013 12:15 pm

Now I am so curious to see the difference between no chest, a too big and hard chest as well as broken coat vs rough.

Congrats on your keeper. They are all cute to me!

I wish I could show you, but it's something best felt by spanning (wrapping your hands around the dogs chest) to understand. The Jack Russell's conformation is modeled after what their main quarry is, the fox. The chest should be like a fox as the terriers have to enter the fox's dens to hunt them. It should be "squishy" and the best way I can explain this is; if you were to pick up Hero, he would be like a limp noodle. Hold him under your arm and you could squeeze him very easily. You could not squish a hard chest. Another way of seeing just how flexible a terrier is, is by using an old terrierman's method. They actually bend the terrier so the nose is touching the butt. The more flexible the chest, the easier to bend.
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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby UpwardDog » Mon May 13, 2013 7:24 pm

interesting! *runs off to squish and bend some dogs*

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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby whiteboxerboy » Wed May 15, 2013 7:16 am

OMG Harry!!! Cute-ness!!

Ha, it sounds like you JRT folks have your own definition of 'folding' a dog with that chest test thing. LOL

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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby Sabine » Wed May 15, 2013 11:30 am

Maybe the Collies are the terrier testers! They come from the same country! lol
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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby QBert » Wed May 15, 2013 1:14 pm

dude. by your criteria, half the dogs in this house ought to be _stellar_ go-to-ground dogs. I could make origami cranes with a couple of 'em.
*squishes Cresteds*

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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby Sweetgrass Farm » Wed May 15, 2013 3:28 pm

(finger tapping on head) Hmm, something about natural hunting instinct comes to mind. Wonder how Rabbit would do going up against a fox?

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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby QBert » Wed May 15, 2013 6:24 pm

Cresteds on the whole tend to be natural ratters - Her Highness does pretty well catching and dispatching anoles, although she does admittedly get upset when their tails pop off (she brings them to me with a clear expression of "it's broke, fix it!"). As an individual The Rabbit wouldn't get within a mile of a fox - but several of these dogs would take one on with a gleam in their eye - and a few of them might surprise you a great deal.

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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby Sweetgrass Farm » Wed May 15, 2013 9:33 pm

I'm thinking I like those CC's better and better!

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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby UpwardDog » Thu May 16, 2013 9:17 am

Tricky is all about shoving her face into mud under the snow to get the mice underneath and she was 110% GAME ON to chase a rabbit that was her size. She's in like dirty shirt when the big dogs chase deer but she's really scared of dogs she doesn't know, so my guess is small or passive vermin= heck ya! Fox or large fiesty rodents who would fight back or make scary mad face would = on second thought I'll let the big dogs have the kill and I'll just stand behind them lol

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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby Sabine » Thu May 16, 2013 11:52 am

Heather, sounds like Tricky would enjoy lure coursing!
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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby UpwardDog » Thu May 16, 2013 4:44 pm

She totally would. We're working on her ability to go to new places and feel comfortable enough to play. At this point she doesn't yet feel confidant enough to play tug/chase the flirt pole when off in a field a distance away from where we're watching Griffin play soccer. There's just too much going on and she can't let down her guard enough to play. I hope she'll get there, but if she ends up just my snuggle buddy who plays like a wild thing in the yard and would rather be away from crowds/chaos/strange dogs, that's ok too.

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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby UpwardDog » Thu May 16, 2013 4:45 pm

I actually think she's love agility if she could get to a point where she could feel OK going to new environments with running dogs, people etc. We'll see. Right now I'm up to my eyeballs without much time for dogsport anyway.

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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby Sweetgrass Farm » Thu May 16, 2013 6:41 pm

One of the glaring differences between the CC and the JR's is probably their jaws/teeth. For little dogs, the Jack Russell's have the BIGGEST teeth and their jaw strength is pretty impressive, too. I should post photos of their mouths. They're pretty wicked looking.

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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby UpwardDog » Thu May 16, 2013 7:11 pm

yes do!

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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby shepherdqueen » Mon May 20, 2013 2:47 pm

Don't you love it when your breeding plans come together? He is gorgeous! Congratulations!

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Re: Sweetgrass Hero

Postby Sweetgrass Farm » Mon May 20, 2013 5:59 pm

Thanks ShepherdsQueen and welcome to the group! Nice to know there's another breeder on here! :thumbup: And I love the Corgi in your avatar!


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