Results Are IN

Piper and Chico's puppies are now 5-weeks-old. They are developing into the most darling Miniature Golden Retrievers in look and temperament.

We completed the Volhard Testing. The puppies all scored very well, mostly 3's and 4's which is what we are breeding for in these dogs.

1. Hamilton: Buff Male, wavy coat, very low shedding. Weight 5 lbs 9 oz.

Volhard Temperament Scored Mostly 4's
Social Attraction: 3
Following: 1
Restraint: 4
Social Dominance: 2
Elevation Dominance: 4
Retrieving: 4
Touch Sensitivity: 3
Sound Sensitivity: 4
Sight Sensitivity: 3
Stability: 3
Structure:  Good

2. Benny: Buff and white Male, wavy coat, very low shedding. Weight 5lbs. 3oz.

Volhard Temperament test score mostly 4's
Social Attraction: 5
Following: 4
Restraint: 3
Social Dominance: 5
Elevation Dominance: 4
Retrieving: 4
Touch Sensitivity: 4
Sound Sensitivity: 4
Sight Sensitivity: 3
Stability: 6
Structure: Good

3. Yeah-Yeah: Buff Male, straight coat, light shedding. Weight 5 lbs

Volhard Temperament test mostly 4's
Social Attraction: 3
Following: 3
Restraint: 3
Social Dominance: 4
Elevation Dominance: 4
Retrieving: 6
Touch Sensitivity: 3
Sound Sensitivity: 4
Sight Sensitivity: 4
Stability: 4
Structure: Good

4. Smalls: Buff Male, Straight Coat, moderate shedding. Weight 5 lbs 1 oz.

Volhard Temperament test mostly 3's
Social Attraction: 3
Following: 3
Restraint: 3
Social Dominance: 3
Elevation Dominance: 4
Retrieving: 5
Touch Sensitivity: 4
Sound Sensitivity: 4
Sight Sensitivity: 2
Stability: 10
Structure: Good

5. Timmy: Cream Male, wavy coat, very low shedding. Weight 5 lbs. 12 oz.

Volhard Temperament test mostly 3's and 4's
Social Attraction: 3
Following: 3
Restraint: 3
Social Dominance: 3
Elevation Dominance: 4
Retrieving: 2
Touch Sensitivity: 4
Sound Sensitivity: 4
Sight Sensitivity: 4
Stability:6
Structure: Good

6. Squints: Cream Male, wavy coat, very low shedding. Weight 4 lbs. 10 oz.

Vohard Temperament test Mostly 3's
Social Attraction: 6
Following: 6
Restraint: 3
Social Dominance: 4
Elevation Dominance: 5
Retrieving: 4
Touch Sensitivity: 4
Sound Sensitivity: 3
Sight Sensitivity: 3
Stability: 3
Structure: Good

7. Tommy: Cream and white Male, wavy to straight coat, low shedding. Weight 4 lbs. 2 oz.

Volhard Temperament test mostly 3's
Social Attraction: 3
Following: 3
Restraint: 4
Social Dominance: 4
Elevation Dominance: 3
Retrieving: 4
Touch Sensitivity: 1
Sound Sensitivity: 5
Sight Sensitivity: 3
Stability: 3
Structure: Good

8. Wendy: Cream Female, wavy coat, low shedding. Weight 4 lbs. 1 oz

Volhard Temperament test results mostly 4's
Social Attraction: 6
Following: 6
Restraint: 3
Social Dominance: 4
Elevation Dominance: 4
Retrieving: 4
Touch Sensitivity: 4
Sound Sensitivity: 4
Sight Sensitivity: 4
Stability: 4
Structure: Good

Result Interpretation:

  • Mostly 1's A puppy that consistently scores a 1 in the temperament section of the test is an extremely dominant, aggressive puppy who can easily be provoked to bite. His dominant nature will attempt to resist human leadership, thus requiring only the most experienced of handlers. This puppy is a poor choice for most individuals and will do best in a working situation as a guard or police dog.
  • Mostly 2's This pup is dominant and self-assured. He can be provoked to bite; however he readily accepts human leadership that is firm, consistent and knowledgeable. This is not a dog for a tentative, indecisive individual. In the right hands, he has the potential to become a fine working or show dog and could fit into an adult household, provided the owners know what they are doing.
  • Mostly 3's This pup is outgoing and friendly and will adjust well in situations in which he receives regular training and exercise. He has a flexible temperament that adapts well to different types of environment, provided he is handled correctly. May be too much dog for a family with small children or an elderly couple who are sedentary.
  • Mostly 4's A pup that scores a majority of 4's is an easily controlled, adaptable puppy whose submissive nature will make him continually look to his master for leadership. This pup is easy to train, reliable with kids, and, though he lacks self-confidence, makes a high-quality familly pet. He is usually less outgoing than a pup scoring in the 3's, but his demeanor is gentle and affectionate.
  • Mostly 5's This is a pup who is extremely submissive and lacking in self-confidence. He bonds very closely with his owner and requires regular companionship and encouragement to bring him out of himself. If handled incorrectly, this pup will grow up very shy and fearful. For this reason, he will do best in a predictable, structured lifestyle with owners who are patient and not overly demanding, such as an elderly couple.
  • Mostly 6's A puppy that scores 6 consistently is independent and uninterested in people. He will mature into a dog who is not demonstrably affectionate and who has a low need for human companionship. In general, it is rare to see properly socialized pups test this way; however there are several breeds that have been bred for specific tasks (such as basenjis, hounds, and some northern breeds) which can exhibit this level of independence. To perform as intended, these dogs require a singularity of purpose that is not compromised by strong attachments to their owner.

The puppies started eating puppy food this this week! They love it! They are continuing to nurse from mama and we are adding 1/4 cup per puppy, Life's Abundance Small/ Medium breed formula.

We will continue to increase the food as they grow. It is very important to feed dogs quality food. Poor quality food will have Soy, Corn, and wheat in the ingredients. Also, very unsettling, if you see "animal products" in the food it could mean they used euthanized animals in that food, NOT GOOD! I feel safe with Life's Abundance, the food is made in small batches here in the USA. Life's Abundance includes lots of trace nutrients including probiotics, which you will not find in many dog foods. They have also never a had a recall, which brings more peace of mind, because they test all of their food batches. It's worth paying extra for!

We started crate and potty training this week and still having accidents. Hopefully by next week we will see a big improvement, they are still young ones!

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Everyone starts picking their puppies today! Very exciting day!

Michele Taylor