Intro: Gracie is our keeper from our 2022 litter out of Serena and Valley. We imported Valley as puppy from Costa Rica because we thought he would be a good match for Serena. The breeding turned out even nicer than I expected, and Gracie was everything I had been hoping for. She got the right mix of both parents’ strengths in both conformation and temperament. Well, I would have preferred if she were male, but you can’t have it all! Her siblings were very nice as well, but she was exactly what we were hoping for when we did the breeding. Three of her littermates went to co-owned show homes, although the entire litter could have been shown. Gracie is a much more laidback version of Serena, a bit more feminine and more submissive. She is inquisitive and thoughtful, and her tail is always wagging a million times a minute. We are very excited about her and can’t wait to introduce her to showing, sledding, etc.
Health & Conformation: Gracie will be tested for OFA eyes and hips when she is old enough. She is clear of all identifiable genetic diseases in Siberians through parentage. She is red-factored, so we look forward to possibly having some reds out of her when she grows up! Gracie is really close to our ideal dog, and at this point there are only small things we would change about her. She has her mom’s excellent proportions and effortless sidegait as well as dad’s angulation and strong rear. Her coat type and head type are a nice combination of her parents. She has a nicer croup/rear than both her parents, which was something we were really hoping to improve with this breeding. She will probably end up near top of the standard, as she was the largest puppy in the litter, but moderate in substance like her parents.
Temperament: Gracie is sweet and cuddly like her mom but she doesn’t demand attention the way Serena does. She is a quieter dog in general and seems very in tune with people around her. She is much calmer around other dogs and doesn’t torment them the way Serena likes to. She enjoys meeting strangers and is confident in new environments but gets more excited to see her family members. Gracie is just a super easy dog to live with, which is what we were looking for in this breeding. While Serena is a character that keeps us on our toes, we can only handle one of her! We do hope that Gracie inherited Serena’s showy attitude in the ring, though. Time will tell.
Drive/obedience: It’s too early to tell whether Gracie inherited Valley’s drive in harness, but if she did she will be a monster! She is extremely athletic and light on her feet. She seems more biddable than Serena so far, and equally smart, so we think she will excel in anything that we try with her!