Can the vet tell if my pet is show quality just by looking?
Once your pet has reached 3-4 months of age, your pet's veterinarian can tell what many of your pet's adult characteristics will be. Many physical traits considered a serious fault in the show ring can be detected at this early age, such as overshot or undershot jaws, crooked teeth, missing testicles, umbilical hernias, cow hocks, etc. The fine details of what constitutes show quality in each particular breed is something to be determined by an expert in that particular breed. Dr. Price, Practice Director/Medicine of Windmill Animal Hospital, breeds and shows Norwegian Elkhounds, and knows many breeders in numerous types of dogs. She can help guide you to an ethical breeder in your choice of dog.