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Old 01-29-2012, 01:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Good conformation Folder

maximizing exposure to GOOD , CORRECT conformation

in answer to a thread "Disturbing" and others along the same vein - frog dog , cow hocks, roach back etc that may not get read because of the topic that they are connected with , I am starting this file on good and correct conformation --


Using Fred Lanting's Front and Rear Angulation in the Working Dog | Fred Lanting

and Hetty "von Lord Fandor"

and Dingo haus Gero
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's hard to not admire.
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Quite a sight to see...now tell me how they shot this video?
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It's like watching Nat Geo. Gorgeous!! Thanks Carmen.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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There's two things I don't understand about that dog:
  1. Why does his front left foot go inside his rear left foot while his front right foot goes outside his rear right foot? Or to shift the perspective to the rear- I would have expected both rear feet to come forward on the outside of the front feet. Is this normal?
  2. I'm sure this dog has extremely good conformation otherwise Carmen wouldn't have posted it. But I can't help but think that the humerus is a bit short. I'm sure I'm wrong but I want to learn about what I *think* I see...
In motion, it seems like the humerus and lower arm are very close in length:


But in the stack, I don't think I agree (note the credit given to Linda Shaw's artwork):


I don't mean this arrogantly- in fact, I am quite ignorant and trying to learn. What makes this dog's conformation better than any of the other GSDs out there that have a short humerus? What is it about this dog's front end that you like?

I can't stress enough that I am not bashing this dog. I don't know a thing about this dog. But as a Sieger and VA rated, someone must thing he's pretty great. I'm trying to learn here...
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I think the main draw of using Gero as an example is that stacked he's not extreme at all but moving he looks great. He's usually the rebuttal to the trend of extreme rear angles, "banana backs", short and steep croup, broken topline being the desires trends. I'm no expert so I can't comment directly on your questions other than to say no dog is perfect!

I actually have a folder on my computer where I save dogs I like, but very few dogs in there are my complete ideal picture, most of the pictures feature a desirable head, earset, shoulder, rear, topline, etc.
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Is this thread for posting dogs we think have exceptional conformation?
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Andaka- that was my take in reading Carmen's OP. That said, I hope people can feel free to question why someone thinks a specific dog has exceptional conformation, and that the poster can back their reasoning for thinking so.

Liesje- I can totally see your explanation. I am still having a really hard time "reading" a dog's rear end conformation but would agree that Dingo haus Gero does somehow look very nice in topline and rear end. I think the thing that caught me off guard is that Carmen has stated that a poor front end is a major pet-peeve. I'm certainly not saying Dingo has a "poor" front end- just saying that I felt the humerus was a bit short.
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Dingo...(albeit my beloved Drago's mother was line bred on him).....does/did not have a *straight or level* topline. oh oh......he also curved downward from his back to croup area. His wither was the highest point...as well as his croup (rear) being the lowest.....no *level* in his topline, even standing in his normal stance.
He could be easily "stacked" to exaggerate the curvature of his back...*push on rear, and extend back leg slightly.*...he also somewhat "fell" on his pasterns when in motion.....
My Tatianna (daughter of Drago) resembles this type of dog...and her movement is nearly flawless. Tatianna can gait for hours without tiring...and *honestly*...I have never seen her pace.....even when exhausted.
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Wildo....the illustration with the "skeletal example" is not positioned properly.....look at where the shoulder blade is?.....the topline does not begin where it is placed.

Again....Illustration does not mean correct or perfect.
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