"Puppies with a future - from dogs with a past!"
NOBLE HEART O'BJ
Born September 2018 and pictured at 14 months old (right) you can see his big expressive eyes and calm, happy attitute.
The Toy Fox Terrier is all-terrier as regards hardy health and prefectly balanced structure but the uncanny intelligence and huge round eyes of his Chihuahua ancestor make him unique among other breeds!
Noble's rich rust-colored markings are like gold in a breeding program. The breed is in danger of losing those definative markings along with the tight glossy coat for which the Toy Fox Terrier (and Doberman) are known. They are fading, figuratively and literally...
In soundness and conformation, Noble is superb. He doesn't have to be posed for a picture because as horse people say, 'built right, stands right. Note his short hocks, 'long and strong' stifle, and his perfect shoulder layback.
At 18 months (left) Noble is a really "handsome" TFT like his famous grandfather, Ch. Hugely Handsome O'BJ (see menu bar) Hugely broke many records in the show ring, making the Toy Fox Terrier 'the new breed to beat' in the AKC Toy Group.
Noble's square outline, structural soundness and classic breed type make him hard to fault whether standing or gaiting. He is like his Grandsire in so many ways and like his mother, he is my Heart-dog.
Thus Noble is the 3rd generation of O'BJ male dogs known for faultless rear, proud stance and those "huge" round eyes that are the hallmark of this toy-terrier breed.
Noble's sire is U-Gene O'BJ, my Hugely son, pictured here when he was only 10 months. Note his perfect shoulder set and the same powerful rear construction with long thigh/short hocks, etc.
I limit myself to 8 dogs (including my old Chow) so when I just couldn't part with Noble, I let U-Gene "retire" to Florida to be a full-time pet and lap dog. Janice keeps in touch and spoils U-Gene.
I like candid shots because even an unsound or poorly made dog can be hand-posed to conceal structural faults but it is how the dog presents himself that matters.
I have hundreds of show photos but prefer to show you these candid, ungroomed, untrimmed, and totally natural snapshots.
Here is Noble's mother Purple Heart O'BJ, so named because as a baby, she leaped off the deck and landed with her front leg in a concrete block. Earning her name, she bravely accepted a cast nearly as big as she was! Undaunted, she clump-clumped through the house and healed without so much as a scar!
Factcheck: For those who know broken bones can be a problem in toy breeds, Heart is the only O'BJ dog that has ever had a broken bone. I breed for strong dense bone just as my Akitas O'BJ are still known for world-wide. Heart Of Gold, Sweetheart, Brave Heart, you name it, she is my heart-dog, my every-night lap dog and everything the TFT can and should be.
Noble's personality is all his! Even as a baby he stood out for being his own little guy. He made up new games like deliberately hiding toys from his littermates and then observing their excitement when they found them!
He has taken it upon himself to "check his territory" each time they go out to run and play. I was first impressed by his exceptional balance and movement as he trotted along the front fence line. Then, after a few days of watching and admiring his "gait" I realized his ritual had purpose.
Hugely always patrolled the 1/2 acre front fence line each time he went out. It gave me goosebumps when I realized he was doing exactly what his grandsire always did... Checking his territory and marking the posts.
He is the only other dog that has ever done that.
And yes, I still marvel at that same incredible "side-gait" as Noble swiftly checks his territory. Then satisfied there have been no intruders (like the 5 foot long black snake they killed!) he doubles back... purposly lifting his leg along the way.
His self-appointed job completed, Noble dashes off to play with the rest of the pack. And yes, all three of my "stud dogs" play and get along amicably but no, they do not go out together when I have a female in season. Then it is double-shifts 4 times a day but worth the extra time.
Noble Heart O'BJ is a strong genetic package based on classic breed type, structure and character. Last night, as he nudged his mother over and claimed his place in my lap, I thanked him and his grandsire, my beloved Hugely. And that is why in my 80s, I plan to keep creating masterpieces...
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