Champion Statesman's Let It Be, CHIC, Rally Novice (RN), Rally Intermediate (RI)
Sire: Champion Statesman's Nearco, RN, Junior Hunter (JH), CHIC "Cecil"
Dam: Champion Statesman's Summer Silks RN CHIC "Celine"
Darwin and his littermates had a special start in that his 13.5 year old sire, Cecil, was able to breed Darwin's dam, Celine, naturally. This is an impressive accomplishment for any sire in any breed. Four pups were in the resulting litter.
As with all of the pups we breed, when these pups turned two years of age, I sent out information to each owner explaining how to get their dog's health testing completed and submitted to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). From this litter of four that includes Darwin, the OFA results were all normal with the hips rated as three goods and one excellent.
The first litter sired by Darwin was born in August of 2019. The first OFA results from this litter are Statesman's Bold Venture "Sophie", hips OFA good, elbows OFA normal and Statesman's Brigadier General "Clark" received an OFA rating of excellent for hips and normal elbows.
Darwin is birdy and has been started in bird work.. He has a strong scenting ability, which helps him locate the birds.
Susan has trained many dogs over the years to be shown in conformation, do field work, and do rally work. Training Darwin in rally has been a joy! Spectators have watched Darwin competing in rally, and these people have made comments on how happy and biddable Darwin is in the ring.
It is hoped that Darwin will get back into field training in the near future. In lieu of birds, Darwin has kept busy catching butterflies and bumblebees and flies. In one of the photos below, he is on his hind legs in the house trying to catch a fly above him on the sliding glass doors.
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