|Barked: Tue Nov 30, '10 2:39pm PST |
|Well I can only speak for my big small dog! Kit is a Papillon, which are normally around 10lbs, but he weights 15. We got him from an amazing show breeder, but she sold him to us on a pet contract because he doesn't meet the breed standard. His litter mates all turned out to be the proper size...but Kit is loving his life as a spoiled pet. His breeder told us that once in awhile you just get puppies who are bigger than the breed standard, or don't match the standard in other ways. We had another breeder tell us the same thing, that producing larger dogs isn't really all that uncommon. It doesn't make them any worse as pets, but they can't be shown.
Kit's breeder jokingly called him a 'reject' puppy because he has a couple of 'flaws' that make him unshowable. He'd do horrible in a show ring, but we love him to death and I actually embrace his 'flaws', because I think everything about him makes him a perfect fit for our family.
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