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Available if you can pry him from my grip: Sebastian!

If you were at the puppy party last weekend, you will know that we had a BIG FIGHT about Sebastian. He came up on the eval table after Oberon and Bernard/Zen, and so the criticism was that he was too slight to be a show puppy.

I thought then, and I still do now (and hopefully these pictures support that) that he shouldn’t have gone up after two puppies built like hum-vees. On his own he is not a heavy-boned puppy but he’s never going to look slight. He has a beautiful, classic Cardigan head, probably a little longer than the heads on Quince and Puck but also more soft and cushioned without being lippy.

Honour was playing around, joking that she was stacking him like a beagle – trust me that I know Cardis’ tails don’t go up! I just wanted to post this because it shows his lovely crook and front. He’s got extreme angles front and rear, lovely layback, good blending. Always stops square and stacks himself up, always trots.

However, the most important thing about this puppy is that he is people-oriented to the extreme. He is DYING to go be a double- or triple- or quadruple-ring puppy. He’s agile, athletic, a problem-solver, a dancer and thinker. Sebastian’s dating profile:

Size: He’s very long in body, up on a little more leg, definitely more extreme in type and angles than the other puppies. He won’t be tall but I would guess he’s going to be in the mid-30s as an adult when he matures.

Coat: Very hard, crisp, straight flat coat with very little moldability. Very dark pigment. He’s got a ton of white and a small white body splash, but is not excessive enough to make any judge look askance.

Performance? A must. Where Puck is drivey and hilarious, hates to be told no and loves to tell a joke, and Quince and Bosco are adaptable people-pleasers, Sebastian is a problem-solver and his ultimate reward is social interaction. This is a puppy who will spend ten minutes fighting to open a tiny space in an x-pen, walk along the top of the box like a cat to fight through it, push his way through another gate and over a laundry basket, and all to come in my room and watch TV with me. “He cannot be denied,” is what we always say about him.

Show? Absolutely, if you wanted to. Just as a reminder, though, I prefer to not sell show prospects unless you at least intend to keep them throughout their lives. I understand that things happen and sometimes placed dogs are happier, but I’m going to go on the record and say that in this breed there are far too many adolescent dogs being ground through and rejected. Please don’t come to me looking for a show prospect if your first thought is “Well, if he doesn’t turn out I’ll just place him.” Come to me if you want a family dog who can also be shown. Let me know if you want formal stacked pictures of him.

Breeding? We’d have to see what he ends up doing with himself; my concern would be whether he’s going to be deep enough. He’s definitely got the type to be an asset to a breeding program but I would want to look at him in a couple of years.

One more thing – I placed a puppy very much like him a couple of years ago, a puppy we really loved but decided to put as a pet rather than expecting a show home, and never heard from his family again. Please don’t do that to me with this puppy. I don’t want to be pushy and I really do believe that if I sell you a puppy it is YOUR puppy. If you want to go disappear into a quonset hut on the Siberian tundra and never talk to me ever again, that is your right. But it makes me sad, and it especially makes me sad when I am so attached to the mind and heart of a puppy. So I would sure love to keep in touch with you if you take him.

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9 Comments

  • Reply Shedenara October 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    He is gorgeous. . .if I were closer I’d definitely be interested in showing him. Talk about lovely. However, my Siberians might also be a litte upset, if I were showing another breed, lol. Good luck with him! I really do like!

  • Reply Ruth October 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Dammit, I’d take him in a heartbeat as a pet with casual show possiblities. Thats where we are with my Tibetan Mastiff pup, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat! Arg! (goes back to trying to convince the husband that 3 puppys under the age of 1yr (two less than 4months) is a good thing…..)

  • Reply Jeri October 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I think it’s his coat more than his bone or substance…he looks more closely coated than the others, which gives a much less plush appearance. Either coat (assuming correct texture) is fine of course, one is just showier than the other. And can give the appearance of more bone & size.

    We’ll have to agree to disagree on placing adolescents. 😉

  • Reply Beth October 23, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve seen lots (not all, by any means) of show Cardi pics where the dogs look a bit heavy-boned to be true working dogs, at least to me. I hope it’s not a trend; I’d hate to see Cardigans go the way of basset hounds. I would personally love to see some kennels get some more moderately-built Cardis in their programs. Hope you find him a good spot!

  • Reply Olivia October 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    :c I just love Seb. He sounds like exactly my kind of dog. If the timing were better I would be seriously interested in him! Oh I know! Why don’t you just hold onto him for an indefinite period and I will tell you when I am ready for him. Thanks ever so! 😛

  • Reply dawn October 24, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Your killing me Joanna. He is exactly the type of cardigan I prefer. Lighter, a bit more leg and a dog who can do everything. I really do hope you find the right home for this boy.

  • Reply Jackie October 24, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Oh how I wish I was ready for another dog (and closer)!

  • Reply Shep October 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Joanna, I love him — I love that more moderate size and angled look, like Caleb’s. 🙂 Plus I admit it, the Shepherd person in me loves this sort of puppy.

    I admit, if he was a she, I’d be all over this puppy. 🙂 I hope he finds the best home — I LOVE performance pet dogs that show. 😉

  • Reply Taija November 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Love this puppy! And THANK YOU, Joanna, for this sentence: “Please don’t come to me looking for a show prospect if your first thought is “Well, if he doesn’t turn out I’ll just place him.”” That’s the way I see it, too.

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