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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-23-2007, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Do the puppies take after mommy or daddy?

Just curious about which of the parents the puppies usually take traits from? Do the girls take after the mom and the boys after thier dad? Our breeder told us that our little Aspen should like his dad, which is a great! The mom has a more slender head and longer muzzle vs. the dad with a larger broader head. I will attach pictures of the parents and have pictures of Aspen in the gallery Let me know what you think he'll turn out like We will be posting pics of our little guy weekly when we get next friday
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Both parents are very similar in color.A male should have a thicker body as well as a broader head compared to the female.Both parents are gorgeous and represent their sex,well.

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I don't really think it is as simple as females taking after the mom and males taking after the dad. For one thing our male takes after his mom in temperament (read: dominant, alpha, bitchy) and coat colour but he is more stocky and gets his bone structure from dad. So overall he is short like the dam and stocky like the sire!

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I recently had a litter of six puppies four boys and two girls whilst most of them had a definite look of daddy about them two actually looked a lot more like their grandfather, both Gracie my bitch and the stud I used were darker in colour I only had two goldens and four creams
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It seems to me that mom contributes more to the litter in most cases then Dad does.
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Vern are you reffering to the looks or the tempermant or both? Thank you everyone for your replies! So it would be a safe bet that the pup will look like the sire?
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Seems like both to me. The signs of dad are usually more subtle.
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both my female pups resemble their fathers in the looks departments, as to color, shape of noses, and body structure.
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The conventional wisdom has always stated that 90% of a pup's temperament will come from the dam. That always seemed to make sense to me, since the dam is their first teacher and role model. So far, every dog we've owned has displayed the dam's temperament. When puppy hunting, while my wife will look at the puppies, I spend most of my time with the dam... if I fall in love with her, I fall in love with her pups... if I don't like the dam's temperament, I will walk away from the whole litter. I figure looks is somewhat of a grab-bag anyway... genetics is quite complicated and many traits can 'skip' a generation so what you get (in the puppy) isn't always what you see (in the sire/dam). If the sire and dam are well-bred and matched, there should be very little differences within the litter (aside from those related to sex). The thing about appearances is that if the puppy pleases you, that puppy will eventually appear attractive in your eyes (how else can you explain so many Pugs owners)... so you should always put temperament above appearances... the only exception is where appearance is linked to function.
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