Is it because it's so hard to see structure behind the coat if you're not looking at the dog in person?
I would say yes, but i would change your sentence to end with: "if you're not TOUCHING the dog in person." You can't see through all that fur, or at least you can't without tons of experience [see Dainerra's recent critique thread where Lisa talked about looking beneath the skin based on experience- not getting mislead by coat markings]. With so much extra fur, I'd imagine you really
have to know what you're doing to "see" the structure. Feeling the dog- actually putting your hands on the dog- feeling that point of shoulder, the top of the withers, making the triangle with your hands, following the spine of the scapula- all of that- all done in person, with your hands- that's what it really takes. At least for us that can't do it with our eyes yet.
...And same thing with the rear. Feeling the iliac crest and the ischium on the pelvis. Sometimes (for me) it's really hard to see where both those points are. Sometimes I see a dog is labelled as a short croup when I think the croup looked substantial. In most cases, I realized the iliac crests were lower than I realized, or perhaps the ischium were higher than I realized. Draw the line between them and checking the angle. Feeling the stifle and finding where that femur ends (it's such a weird joint, the stifle). It's all so much easier when you can feel the dog's bones.
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Last edited by wildo; 11-06-2012 at 10:38 PM.