The appearance of her being uncomfortable when you stack her, does she swim a lot?You know...Sumo has never been a "good looking" Staffy if you get my drift. He is cute and has a gorgeous nature, but he doesn't have that extra factor which is needed as a show dog. I wouldn't swap him for anything...I am just talking purely aesthetic.
Ruby however is a bit "special". We know her breeding lines mature fairly late for the bitches, so only time will tell. She has definitely matured since her first season in November. Her head is getting broader, her jaws stronger and her body seems to be in proportion. If I had to say anything...I think her muzzle might be a tad long, but that could change over the next 6-12 months. She is a very distinct "Terrier" type staffy. Some judges love that...other hate it. She is not as much of a show pony as Sumo, but this might also change as she matures and become more confident.
Some dogs love to be shown...others hate it. I think for now...Ruby tolerates it, but doesn't "like" it much. She will be up against some really good 9 - 12 month old Staffies in April, so it will be interesting to see how she goes. Judge might love her or might hate her.
Our fear of course is that her movements are no good due to fracturing her left hind leg at 5 months old (she is 8 months now) and needed pins inserted. She seems to be ok, but is still a bit apprehensive when I stack her, so I don't know if it just feels uncomfortable or if it actually hurts. She seems to still "guard" that leg, so we'll just have to see