Quinn’s New Qrew 6
“QUINN’S NEW QREW”
lines and has a wonderful adaptable, hard-working Lab temperament. Jammer is proud of his half-sister who won Best of Breed at Westminister dog show this year. Jammer’s medical clearances include OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Excellent rating on his hips. A different type of medical clearance on his hips (PennHIP) places him in the 90th percentile for his breed. Jammer has no issues with allergies, and normal elbows, eyes, and heart. And most importantly, he has proven to be a successful sire of assistance dogs. With Quinn’s most recent litter, he is now the proud papa of 8 litters resulting in 72 puppies that are part of 5 different assistance dog programs. Jammer’s first 3 litters have excelled: 17 are in some type of assistance dog work, 3 are detection dogs (drug/tracking, arson and explosive), and 2 dogs are service dog placement ready. With the placement of the remaining two dogs, 85% of Jammer’s puppies will be placed as working dogs — 73% in some type of assistance dog work and 12% in detection work. That is an incredible success rate!
and loving puppy raiser. Quinn compliments Jammer’s temperament with her soft, sensitive golden retriever demeanor and willingness to do as asked (biddability). Quinn’s medical clearances include OFA Good rating on hips and PennHIP places her in the 90th percentile for her breed. Like Jammer, Quinn has no issues with allergies and has normal elbows, eyes and heart. This is Quinn’s second litter. Both litters were sired by Jammer. The puppies from her first litter are approximately 7 months old and doing well. Three puppies (Hancock, Haylee and Holly) are being raised by Canine Partners; one pup is with Paws’itive Teams in California and 2 are with ICAN. When Barb Ivis donated Quinn to CaPR she said, “It is my greatest wish to have one of my puppies make a difference in the world.” Barb’s wish has come true!
Why a Lab/Golden Cross?
Both assistance and guide dog programs have found Lab-Golden crosses (LGX) to be excellent working dogs. Although both Goldens and Labs are the most successful breeds for assistance dog work, neither is ideal. With the limited gene pools common to purebred dogs, it can be difficult to select for a purebred line for assistance dog work without creating more inbreeding. And, with purebreds, there is an increased risk of genetic disease, due to the narrow gene pool and line breeding (i.e, inbreeding). When breeding LGX litters, it is easier to breed away from some of the challenges that occur when breeding either a Lab or Golden litter for assistance dog work. A high percentage of purpose bred LGX pups combine the soft, social sensitivity of a Golden with the confidence, adaptability and work ethic of a Lab. The crosses are consistently well balanced, structurally sound dogs that avoid the extreme heavy body type common to Labs. And, in the case of Quinn and Jammer the puppies are pretty cute too.
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