On Monday, I will brave the Fourth of July traffic onslaught to visit a breeder friend in Massachusetts to view her litter of adorable miniatures. There is one that I am particularly interested in and she is a black and apricot phantom marked little girl with a white goatee. From pictures, she has what I am looking for in new pedigree lines, size and type. I am pretty sure her coat will have some curl but will be able to judge better once I can see, feel, hold and watch her move. I am VERY excited about this possibility as I have been wanting a female phantom mini for several years. Recently I added an unrelated chocolate phantom male miniature to my program as well as a black and light tan one. However, none of them have gone through my vigorous testing protocol yet as they are all too young. As a breeder, you invest in several types of what you hope to produce in the future and keep your fingers crossed that one might hit all the markers to become a breeder.
Of course, there are also some very cute apricots in the same litter and one of those might smitten me, so I am keeping an open mind as all the pups will carry for the black and apricot combination. Learning about colors and patterns is extremely interesting to me and I enjoy this genetic learning curve. Working with a breeder I know very well is also a huge plus. :+)
This is the girl I am most interested in:
With her adorable white goatee, there is a very good chance she is a Tri Phantom Pattern which is very similar to the markings of a Bernese Mountain Dog. Her paternal grand-daddy is a full Tri and gorgeous. The fact that she is staring right into the camera shows confidence at such a young age (five weeks).
Once I return, I will have new pics and more info. I will also be looking for a local (under and hour) guardian home for her. If all goes well, I expect her placement to be around July 18th or so.