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What does it mean when you say your dog stands east-west?

Just curious - reading threads in this forum and don't understand what this means. Examples in pictures would be great too!

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east west means,,dog stands/ front feet are not straight they will both be aimed outwards vs straight on.

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when your dog is standing his head is facing
the East coast and his rear is facing the West coast.

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Just curious - reading threads in this forum and don't understand what this means. Examples in pictures would be great too!

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east west means,,dog stands/ front feet are not straight they will both be aimed outwards vs straight on.
Thanks - it looks like Ridley stands East-West.

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when your dog is standing his head is facing
the East coast and his rear is facing the West coast.
Oh good, so I can fix Ridley by just turning him around!

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when your dog is standing his head is facing
the East coast and his rear is facing the West coast.
Oh my goodness! I checked my dog and he was North / South! Possibly due to him being a LH I suppose.....

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Thanks - it looks like Ridley stands East-West.
YA, I call it paddle-foot.
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As some had mentioned, when a dog is standing facing towards you and their front legs/feet/paws are pointing to the outsides (east and west - left and right).

Stark is "easty-westy" so here is an example:


So far it has never interferred with his ability to work, he trains in schH and agility and we have never had any issues.


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Great question! I also wondered! Some breeds are bred for that are they not? Like a Basset?
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It's really common in young GSDs. You see it a lot at various growth phases when the dog is all gangly and the chest hasn't filled out.

But, I also see it in dogs who don't really have good muscle development. It seems far less common (or it goes away far faster) in dogs who are given lots of exercise and develop good chest/shoulder muscling.

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