Friday, December 14, 2012

Then and Now - Part 2 Whisper's Litter

The last post featured Lyric's litter as 6 week old puppies and 4 year old adults. Now for Whisper's litter as 6 week olds and 1 1/2 year old youngsters. Although they still will mature more, the basics are there. Over the next two year, they will fill out and develop more muscling and strength. The girls generally reach physical maturity around 2 years and the boys around 3 years.

Bruce at 6 weeks

Bruce at 1 1/2 years

Breeze at 6 weeks

Breeze at 1 1/2 years

Goose at 6 weeks

Goose as a 1 1/2 years

Kahlua at 6 weeks

Kahlua at 1 1/2 years

Willa/Freyja at 6 weeks

Willa/Freyja at 1 1/2 years

Riser at 6 weeks

Riser at 1 1/2 years

Thor at 6 weeks

Thor at 1 1/2 years

Willow at 6 weeks

Willow at 1 1/2 years

Emma at 6 weeks

Emma at 1 1/2 years

It surprises me how they change. The puppies seem to have no necks and roached backs.  Yet, within a year they develop lovely swan necks and flatter toplines.
I am also surprised at how much ticking/freckling the parti colors have developed.
All in all it is hard to see what the finished adult will look like as a puppy.


houndstooth said...

They have all turned into beautiful dogs! Wow!

Tasha Miner Salsido said...

I have greyhound puppy envy! :)

Such fascinating transformations. Love it!

jet said...

They all have such long tails! ;) Barbie has a full length tail like those guys but a lot of racing greys I meet have shorter tails.

Elf said...

Well, I'm obviously not a greyhound puppy expert--if I had seen them w/out their mom, I'd have thought pointer or maybe catahoula. Fun to compare, though.

Anonymous said...

I do not see they are as good or better than their parents. What are your goals?

Aragon greyhounds said...

Good question Anonymous-What do I want in my dogs? What is my breeding goal?

When people hear Aragon Greyhounds I want people to think of beautiful, sound, intelligent, highly trainable, and healthy greyhounds.
I don't want one of my goals without the others.

Only one of these attributes can be judged in pictures. I like my dogs to be good ambassadors of the breed. In my area people now are thinking of greyhounds as highly competitive in the performance sports.

I love hearing comments about how outgoing and friendly my dogs are. I believe my dogs teach strangers about the breed. If I had a nickel for every person that said to me "Greyhounds can't sit" or "Greyhounds can't be off leash" or "Greyhounds can't live with cats" "Greyhounds aren't safe around small dogs" "Greyhounds are not friendly dogs" or....I would be rich. My dogs show them differently. This starts a conversation about the breed and people are educated.

I love hearing from pet puppy owners how happy they are with their puppies, that their puppy was all and more than they could have hoped for.

Health is equally important to me-I want my dogs to live 11-13 years with minimal veterinary visits. Nothing is more heartbreaking than to hear about someone losing their dog to bone cancer at 7-8 years. In one conversation I had with a person she indicated she had just lost her 5th greyhound to bone cancer and couldn't stomach losing another so may have to find a different breed.

So the long answer to your question is I want to produce beautiful, smart, healthy dogs.