Dawn, Lucky has some minor problems that make him not sound enough for intensive obedience work. Great for a pet, or a 4-H or casual trainer, but for the kind of training to get an OCH, he gets gimpy.
I'll let Pat speak for herself, but "smart" isn;t really that important... AKC obedience doesn't really call for "smart", it calls for a dog with high drive that can repeat, and repeat and repeat exercises while getting them perfect. Actual fact, many "smart" dogs don't dig that. What is needed is a dog with enough toy drive to KEEP working, even when bored. (Because their love of the toy overrides their boredom). I'll take a stupid, high drive dog over a smart, low drive dog anyday!
Rumpley, yes, she means Taz yellow. Unlike me, she can't get past the ugly in a dog!
She can't even look
at my Yeller dog.
She has to be really picky, as she needs a dog with great drive, but also a dog which is conformationally sound. She has had a real problem with dogs falling apart on her. She runs them A LOT and many dogs which would do well as a couch potato can't handle the amount of exercise she gives them. One way to tell if a dog has rear problems is to watch how they sit. Do their hind legs "spread" out or does the dog sit very tightly with legs tucked in close to body? Tight in is necessary.
Keep looking. Hopefully her dog is out there. A couple years ago her rescue pit Rollo was honored as the top obedience dog in the whole Pacific NW region - quite an eye opener for all those snooty border collie and golden and sheltie people, eh?