You can see the work you have put into training Atia, congrats, it really shows! That tail does throw off the balance. It's hard to tell from pics, but the ear crop appears shorter too...surely you will finish her, but those are the small things that ruin the overall look of a special, I think. We placed our lovely Fergie because her ear crop was just too short, and it really took away from her head and overall look. Your breeder may say it's only cosmetic but it depends on what you are looking to do down the road.
I thought you were looking for a competitive obedience dog though or did I miss something ?
i have to say, I personally am NOT a fan of the gigantically tall ears. I think that they just look ridiculous and I hate that they bounce around when the dogs trot.
I think her ear crop looks just nice on her, not too long, not too short, and frames her pretty face very nicely
I'll try to post a head shot soon now that she's out of posts (yay lol). I have to agree with Leanne that i really don't like the super long show crops, in my opinion they just take away from the face/head. I'm happy that her breeder feels the same way about ear crops lol! The black pups in the litter also had less ear leather than their red counterparts (the black pups were all way smaller starting out, it was like two different litters!), so they did what they could with the ear cropping and i must say i'm not unhappy with it
Yes, i wanted a competitive performance dog, in addition to a dog that can get its championship relatively easily. I wanted a ROMC Dobe!
Atia is going to start being shown starting in September, and i'm already working on obedience and agility basics with her. She's catching up very fast and i think has the potential to make a great performance dog that looks really pretty as well
I definitely agree about the tail though... especially after seeing it, I would definitely consider getting it re docked
Very nice - you're doing a good job with her!
I did re-do a tail on a 9 month old male years ago. The breeder had seen him when he was 6 months old at some shows and felt it really took away from him but he tended to pull it up and over (kinda a gay tail). It was a major surgery made worse by him chewing out stitches twice. They finally trimmed more tissue and wired it. It healed beautifully and looked great! Ultimately I was glad I re-did it.
Ahhh the tail. Well, latest news: her breeder has decided to get it redocked!!!!!! I'm really happy about it, even though i wish she didn't have to go through all that discomfort. Still, i'm going to be 100% happier with her tail once it has been redocked. The breeder likes how she's turning out and i think also feels that the tail is taking away from her. We're going to have the redocking done after Atia returns from the American Nationals; we didn't want to have to have her dealing with healing from a redock while on the road. I have to admit, i can't wait for that tail to be redone!!!!!!!!!!!!