|08-12-2013 01:12 PM|
|LizB||Yes! He's definitely got a higher hind end than his shoulders, giving him a roach-back appearance (very slightly), but I know in other mastiffs I have owned this can be a see-saw type thing, as each end catches up with the other as they grow. I really thought he was done growing, but maybe he's got some more to go. Oh well, at least I don't have to bend down to pet him....|
|08-12-2013 12:28 PM|
|LoveEcho||It's called "crabbing". My guy did it too when he was very awkward and lanky and growing. Carmspack (an extremely knowledgeable member here) told me it was because his back legs were slightly too long compared to his front (built a tad downhill)-- so he had to sort of move diagonally to avoid stepping on himself. From what I've read, it's mostly a conformation thing. Echo eventually grew out of it as his front end sort of caught up to the back, and we did a lot of muscle-building exercise (swimming, etc).|
|08-12-2013 12:24 PM|
I hope this is the correct forum for gait issues in a 9-month-old.
Busa is a GSD/Great dane mix and we have recently noticed (when viewed from straight ahead or better from behind) when he trots he has a sidewinding gait. His left hind foot lines up with his right forefoot. He does not creep to the side, but moves straight forward, though his body is oriented obliquely. This is not noticeable when walking or all-out full throttle running, but only at a trot.
He is a neutered mixed-breed, so of course there is no issue pertaining to passing down a trait, but I wonder if the gait is an indication of future HD issues, or if we ought to be careful with his exercise as he finishes growing, etc.
He's very tall and lanky right now at 31.5" at the shoulder and 88 pounds, and the vet would like to see more muscle tone on him, since he had not gotten much exercise before he came to us last month. I will ask her about his gait, of course, but until his next visit with her I thought I'd get some feedback from those experienced with this particular issue.