This page has information on Piper including pictures, health testing results, and a temperament description. Further, you can scroll to the bottom for pictures of past Piper puppies as well as a video of an entire litter in training.
Int Ch Summer Brook Keep the Ball Rolling UD CDX RA CGC – Piper
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Birthday—April 26, 2015
Breeder—Summer Brook Acres
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Elbows—BVA 0:0 (the lower the score the better; click on the score to verify)
Heart—Clear – click here to verify
Eyes—Clear – click here to verify
DNA Health Testing
The following health tests are DNA tests and are recessive genes. As long as one parent is clear, no puppies will be affected.
PRA1 — Piper is either a clear or a carrier by parentage (Jack is clear and Hope is a carrier). We never tested Piper since all of our males are clear. She will only be bred to a clear.
PRA2 — Clear by Parentage (Go to Jack’s page and Hope’s page to verify); when both parents are clear of any recessive gene, all offspring will be clear.
Ichthyosis — Clear – click here to verify – Piper was one of 7 girls in her litter and was identified as Miss Red as a puppy. I tested all 7 girls when they were very young. This document has the test results of all 7 puppies. Scroll down to see Miss Red’s results.
Piper lives to please, to be praised, and to be loved. She loves all people (and all dogs). Piper has enough energy to have been successful as an obedience dog, but at home in the house, she loves to just be by you (or in your lap) and be petted. She is an extremely happy worker at obedience trials. Other competitors (and judges) often comment on her happy disposition. Piper is a very confident dog and will work well even in situations when many dogs might shut down. Her confidence is something that is often lacking in the imported lines and is something that we strive to produce. Piper also has a high level of intelligence. She is a dream obedience dog.
Piper is one of the most biddable dog we’ve ever owned. Being biddable means “ready to accept and follow instructions”. Piper consistently looks to us for instructions and doesn’t hesitate to obey. She obeys out of habit because it is what she WANTS to do. Part of it is training, but part of it is her natural temperament.
Biddability is, in my opinion, the most important temperament quality in a dog and is one of the “must have” qualities that we breed for.
The first Pictures of Piper Are At 3 Years of Age
The Following Pictures are of Piper at 1 1/2 Years
Pictures of a Past Piper Litter
Video of Past Piper Puppies
The video below demonstrates the training of each of the seven puppies in a past Piper litter. The training for the seven puppies in the video below was accelerated. This degree of training is exceptional. However, it is not our norm for puppies at barely 9 weeks of age. This video exemplifies the training at 10-11 weeks of age. Still, this video demonstrates the drive to work and the intelligent of typical Piper puppies. Piper herself has an extremely high desire to please and is very focused and smart. She certainly passed these qualities along to all seven puppies in this litter.