|Barked: Wed Jun 23, '10 5:35pm PST |
|There is a lot of hooey going on with Minis right now. Lots of concealed outcrossing with purebred claims. If you know Schnauzers, the head very often is a dead give away. There is a bit of skull length, which is not easy to get, with a slight taper, and then the muzzle is longer still. Outcrossed Minis very often have the shorter and more rounded skull typical of a normal doggie dog.
To know a well bred Mini is really a joy....they are marvelous dogs who can do anything and are mega adaptable. It's a breed who can please a working enthusiast, single urban warrior, or be a great dog with the kids in the suburbs. Whip smart, really willing, but still with terrier verve. I would estimate that better thanb 90% of dog people outside of the show world have ever met a well bred Mini, though.....they are heavily milled.
For show, this is a VERY tough breed ring. The estimate is that an amateur may spend $20,000 trying to finish a dog. It is one of the big show breeds, and the coat is more of a challenge to work with than a Standard's would be. If you are a sore loser, it is not the breed to show (great for OB, though....they love it), but they ARE a breed that naturally loves the game, so they will make it enjoyable, as long as you are up on the fact that the breed ring is exceptionally tough.
North Pine is breeder that does very well with Black-and-Silvers. Their male Stay is the sort of dog people have been wishing on.....awesome show dog and sire, and with that black contrast that really makes the color stand out His presence will be felt for quite some time to come.
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