For comparison, here's her front at 6 months:
...and at 6 months:
I can see where her haunches are more muscled, but otherwise her rear is pretty comparable.
Show side at 8 1/2 months:
And at 6 months:
I DEFINITELY see a difference here. She looks as though she's gained some length, the sternum comes out further in front, the chest has dropped some, and her neck has filled out nicely. If only she hadn't stuck her tongue out just then...
Right side at 8 1/2 months:And 6 months:
MUCH better!! Straighter topline, better silhouette, more substance, just overall vast improvement.
Overall, I'm feeling much better about what I'm seeing. However, what the photo doesn't show is that Elli is still quite small. Balanced, but small. Her littermate is easily half again as big. I'm also not sure about her movement. She looks good going, but in front it looks like she's throwing a leg to the outside as she moves, probably a result of her elbows being quite close in.
I think where I'm coming down is that she is probably a decent foundation to build on (assuming she passes her health tests, natch). She'll need a stud with more bone and a tip-top front. And preferably a good tailset, as Elli's is a little high. Does anyone have any recommendations for a blue merle stud answering that description?
Comments? Am I way off-base?