Merjuke Demanding Diva (Meg)
Never been bred
Currently at the time of posting: 14 months of age
Kennel club genetic coefficient: 0%
Meg's mother and father do not share one common ancestor with each other in a minimum of 5 generations of their pedigree
Hip score: BVA 12
Elbow score: BVA 0
1/2 sister's BVA hip & elbow score: 12 & 0
1/2 sibling BVA hip & elbow score (as a puppy this dog was running 12 km in the hills with the current Champion in canicross prior to being x-rayed for her hip scores): 12 & 0
comments on Meg
I am extremely proud of Meg whom I am positive would have taken a lot more puppy wins if I had campaigned her heavier within the show ring than I did.
In my opinion she has beautiful aesthetics & confirmation features alongside lovely prey (desire to play) drive. I was especially proud to have such a low hip & elbow score predicted by the vet who x-rayed her; especially as Meg has had an extremely large amount of exercise prior to being x-rayed due to being a puppy who thrived on exercise.
Meg is an extremely playful energetic puppy. Whilst growing up if she had her way she would play,
play all day long. She is also an
extremely sociable and affectionate dog, and a joy to have out and about. She doesn't have a bad bone in her body, and gets on with everything that she meets (be it dog, cat, or fowl).
Although she has got on very well with any dog that I have mixed her with Meg's best friend is currently Kuro whom she snuggles up to on a cushion with, and whom is often her partner in any adventures or 'crimes' that she gets up too.
I think that her mother and father combined very well to produce Meg. Meg has taken after their low hip (8 & 9) and elbow (0 & 0) status.
Meg's mother would benefit from being smaller in height as she is way above breed standard, having more prey drive (I believe that Meg's mother has less prey drive than her 1/2 sister who has VERY high prey drive due to taking after her BOB winning father whom in turn I believe was influenced by his double German Seiger and Junior Seiger winning SCH3 father), being short-coated (although I love long coats technically they are not an ideal representative of the breed standard, as their coats are not as waterproof, they loose more energy in wet weather, and are not maximising endurance. The GSD breed standard describes a dog designed to work all day, and thus which maximises endurance.), having a tidier croup set, and more black on the mask. All of these areas of improvement exist within Meg. Meg's father has consistently produced a lot of puppies that are of correct size, tidier croup set, more black on the mask, and with more prey (play) drive. However this has been dependent upon the mother and each pup itself. As Meg's mother's 1/2 sister also has VERY high prey (play) drive, is correct sized as per the breed standard, short-coated, with a tidier croup set than Meg's mother I would hope that this would mean that Meg has obtained the genes that could produce this not only from her father but also her mother which in turn would hopefully mean that she herself will go onto produce these features within her own progeny.
I will however have to be aware that Meg's Uncle (her mother's litter brother) even when placed to a pure black dog, and Meg's cousin (her mother's 1/2 sister's daughter) also when placed to a pure black dog both produced progeny that did not have large amounts of black on their face. Thus I will have to take care to try to ensure that Meg's progeny do not take after their Grandmother (Meg's mother who has no black markings on her mask) if I were to decide to try and have a litter from Meg with a view to campaign Meg's progeny within the show ring.
As Meg's pedigree is made up of a mixture of top winning confirmation show lines and working lines in addition to a 0% KC genetic co-efficiency (you can not get better than this) I believe that this means that she is open to either have a litter to a working line male which will hopefully capitalise on her genes that promote brains (which could be beneficial for someone wanting to train a puppy in obedience training) or a conformational show line male which would hopefully result in the production of puppies that have the potential to be shown within the show ring (although there is always more risk with the latter, as a Champion can have a repeat litter to another Champion in which the previous litter produced 2 Champions, and still result in a litter of 10 - 13 beautiful looking puppies which go onto obtain nothing in the confirmation ring).
I have only campaigned Meg extremely lightly, but she has been getting a lot of positive feedback from wherever she goes.
All of the below placements were won when Meg was 6 – 9 months of age.
At this age she should be in a minor puppy classification ideally made up of her gender only. It is a lot harder for a minor puppy to win against a dog that is nearly 18 months of age. But unfortunately such minor puppy classes were not available, and we had to make do with what was on offer.
AV Pastoral: 1st place
GSD Junior: 1st place & Best Puppy in Breed
Puppy Group (breed judge): Puppy Group 2
GSD puppy (under a judge whom only liked the old English type & 1st place went to the best puppy in show): 2ndplace
GSD Junior (breed judge): 1st place& Best Puppy in Breed
Puppy Group: Puppy Group 4
One of Meg’s critiques:
I am awaiting at least one of her critiques, and I will update her page when I have them.
‘"Very nice, full dentition, dark eye, dark mask, very good forehand and length of croup and hocks and length of loin, and good turn of stifle. Needs her chest to mature which will come with maturity. Lovely mover when she settled on her 2nd lap. Very promising future. In hard dry firm condition with good muscle development."
6 months of age at her first show