This simply means the “breeder” has decided to place the dog with a Limited Registration. (No breeding). We do this for many reasons. Most breeders who invest in their dogs health and bloodlines are not willing to just “sell” a dog on Full Registration. (Breeding rights)
When a reputable breeder makes the decision to allow someone to purchase a “Full Registration” puppy, they want to know that person purchasing the pup is serious about showing, health and breeding to the standard. When we “sell” puppies for breeding, our Kennel name is in that dogs pedigree. That says a lot about us as a breeder. We care about our puppies and where they end up. We care about the breed. We are serious about who we allow to have our bloodlines. There is A LOT of work that goes into breeding nice dogs. Being serious about health is SO important.
So as you can see “PET puppy” does not mean less quality. Your puppy will still make a wonderful pet. You can still compete in other show venues like Agility or Obedience. If well bred, your Cavalier puppy should grow up to look like a Cavalier. It should a be relatively healthy pet. When well socialized it should exhibit a temperament that is characteristic of the breed. Friendly. (Yes, how they are socialized as a young pup does make a difference)
This simply means that the “breeder” feels the dog has the specific qualities to do well in the Conformation show ring. Does this mean they will do well in the show ring? Not necessarily. Everyone has a different eye. Cavaliers are particularly difficult to judge as puppies. The joke in the breed is “Look at them at 8 weeks, then don’t look again until they are two years old”. Cavaliers change. A lot. Unlike some other breeds where what you see at 8 weeks tends to be pretty accurate about what you get as an adult. Cavaliers typically go through some fun stages of growth. They can get pretty gangly. They tend to come into their own around 18 months of age. Some mature quicker and some slower. But generally they start looking nice at about 18 months. Every breeder that has done this for a while has kept a dog as a run on for SHOW that they later decided to place in a PET home. Or placed one in a PET home then later they kick themselves when they see how well they have matured. So SHOW Potential is just that… the puppy shows the “Potential” to do well in the Conformation ring.
What does Pending Litter Evaluation mean?
We are breeding for show puppies. There are many factors to consider when choosing a puppy to keep as a run on for show. First understand that conformation rings are very much like a beauty pageant. We are breeding to get the closest we can, to the breed standard. (there truly is NO perfect dog) Each judge has a different opinion about what is correct. Not every judge likes every dog. Not every judge knows the standard. You can take 1st one day, and not even make the cut on the second day under a different judge. Conformation is very subjective and each judge picks things they feel are most important.
When we are holding puppies for a litter evaluation we are keeping them to at least 8 – 12 weeks of age and then presenting them in front of a number of other breeders or show related people. They evaluate each puppy based on structure, markings, breed standard and temperament. Then we as the breeder weigh out the pros and cons of each puppy. We score and evaluate how those things may effect our future breeding program. Then the decision is made about who to move forward with.
Understand just because a puppy is not picked to move forward as a show prospect it does not mean anything is wrong with it. It may be based on sex (Many small breeders can only keep a limited number of boys), markings (They can either help or hinder the dog in the show ring) and structure (some things are easy to improve on in one generation, some take many to fix). Regardless, your PET puppy is still a good quality bred dog. Sometimes there are more than one show potential puppy in a litter. So many factors effect these decisions. Many times the “PICK” of the litter may not even be the breeders favorite puppy. The reality is, if you want to do well in conformation shows, you have to be “overly” picky to move forward in your breed. You also usually have to breed your own dogs to get there. Improving a few things each time. It is not an overnight process. It takes years.