I thought I’d start a thread journaling some of my thoughts as I start my first foray into conformation. (Especially as there are a couple of us just starting down this path here on the forum @Piper's mom I’m looking at you!) Some of you likely saw that I have my very first conformation prospect. She is now almost 13 weeks old. I am learning as I go, so thought I’d share some photos and my evaluation as well as what others have told me. Let me tell you it’s a stressful thing! She’s just a baby and we love her but oh man so much pressure for her to turn out a certain way already. What I can see: Elise has a bit of a round eye, almond being the preference (though it has calmed some). She also has a little bit of a domed head though it doesn’t flare out on the sides, and is looking better this week than it has before. She seems very well balanced and has a lovely stride from the side. What others have told me: many people are worried about her size. The breeder told me she comes from a slow growing line, and thought she’d make 14”. Apparently finishing a 13” bitch can be difficult. She was 10.5” at 12 weeks (and 9.5” at 10 weeks). These measurements put her in the middle of the chart. We start a handling class in a couple weeks—I’m excited! What do you guys think? She’s a cutie that’s for sure!