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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-01-2014, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Dumb question - "upper arm"?

I can't for the life of me tell the difference between a steep, short, long, etc. upper arm when looking at pictures in the "Critique My Dog" section.

Can someone post pictures of dogs with "desirable" upper arms vs. steep/short/whatever upper arms? And maybe draw points on the pictures, since I don't really know where I'm supposed to be looking?
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Well, I can give you a good example of poor conformation.


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Leo has a very straight, upright shoulder, and a short forearm. She also has a narrow front and tied in elbows. The end result is very little reach in front, and an overall lack of agility.


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Here are three photos I did some editing to a few years ago. All have long upper arms. The line from the elbow to the point of the chest.
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Here are three photos I did some editing to a few years ago. All have long upper arms. The line from the elbow to the point of the chest.
I guess I'm still not really getting it. I have that same picture of Bodo vom Lierberg saved on my computer, and even though I see the line you drew on his picture, I don't actually see anything on the dog's body that indicates where the upper arm "ends", so to speak.

Hopefully that makes sense. xD

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The upper arm runs from the elbow to the point of the shoulder. Go feel it on your own dog. That will help you visualize it in the photos.

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