Hi. Thank you Meg. I think he's a stunner too and I hope he does have a bright future in the show ring once he's fully matured, which probably won't be until he's about 3 years old +.(currently at that middle/awkward age)
You are correct about the estrela, they do not have a weight minimum or max on the breed, my boy is perfect height @ 71cm's and does have all the bits in the right places. He is certainly agile enough to do the job intended in the estrela mountains.
This is the UK KC breed standard on height, so there is some leeway : " Height: dogs: 65-72 cms (25 & 1/2 - 28 & 1/2 ins); bitches: 62-68 cms (24 & 1/2 - 27 ins). A tolerance of 4 cms (1 & 1/2 ins) above these limits is allowed."
I am simply looking for him to carry just a couple more kg (currently 36.5kg), i would like him to be about 39 kg. I am not worrieed in the slightest, but as he has a tendency to self starve, which allot of estrela's do, he only averages about one meal a day (gets food put down, twice a day, taken up after 20mins ish).
He is a perfectly healthy boy so no concerns, just like a bit more and a little more topline on him. But as he's still young also, this will come in time anyway.
Eden, allows me to technically feed him a bit less which i think will benifit him (or atleast hope it does), and it is good quality food, but you do pay for it!
There are some judges for example which go by "bigger is better" in a dog, which is not the case in my eyes atall!! I would much rather have a happy, healthy, lean/muscles dog which can do whatever is asked from him (if he decides to oblige) lol.
The change over so far... Going well i think. Poops went a bit softer for a day or so. Will see how he continues. He seems to be eating what i put down most of the time, but still has turned up his nose to the odd meal, currently on roughly 60%new food 40%old.
And questions about the breed, do ask. X