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Hunter at 8 months, critique please?

Hey guys,

I am entering Hunter in his show survey this spring, and wanted to get opinions on his confirmation and our stacking. He is currently a little over 8 months in these pictures. Would you be so kind as to critique his comfirmation, and our stacking abilities? We know he tends to lean forward, but we're training a wait command for stacking and using the ball as a reward so it is hard to make it just right.

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And one for his awesome temperament. :3



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I don't know anything about it; but what a gorgeous dog!

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He reminds me of my 9 month old. All legs and ears!
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I don't know anything about it; but what a gorgeous dog!
Thank you! I think he's pretty handsome.

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I like the second stack better, but you could pull his leg closest to the camera a little farther back like you did in the first photo. But overall the second stack is much better.

he has good rear angulation, topline is ok, flat withers with a dip behind his shoulders. Good underline. Good length to height ratio despite this age being a SUPER awkward age for L-H ratios. Good bone. The photo angles don't show it well so it could be the angle but I would like to see more forechest, but he is also still very young.
East west, Prefer a tigher earset but the photo isn't to his advantage. Has a short upper arm.
Wonderful temperament! <3

the leaning forward is a good thing! The top photo he is bridging. His front legs are out in front of him instead of under him like they should be in the second photo. Stand a little closer to the camera so his head has a better angle towards the camera. And for the camera man, tell them to level themselves with his body/chest area, less of an above view like these photos show.



otherwise great job! Balanced young male who looks very nice for this awkward age!

to be honest 8 months old is my least favorite age.

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4TheDawgies, could you explain east west?
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4TheDawgies, could you explain east west?
I think it's referring to the feet. I very rarely see him standing easty/westy... He usually sits with paws very straight forward.

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I like the second stack better, but you could pull his leg closest to the camera a little farther back like you did in the first photo. But overall the second stack is much better.

he has good rear angulation, topline is ok, flat withers with a dip behind his shoulders. Good underline. Good length to height ratio despite this age being a SUPER awkward age for L-H ratios. Good bone. The photo angles don't show it well so it could be the angle but I would like to see more forechest, but he is also still very young.
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Wonderful temperament! <3

the leaning forward is a good thing! The top photo he is bridging. His front legs are out in front of him instead of under him like they should be in the second photo. Stand a little closer to the camera so his head has a better angle towards the camera. And for the camera man, tell them to level themselves with his body/chest area, less of an above view like these photos show.



otherwise great job! Balanced young male who looks very nice for this awkward age!

to be honest 8 months old is my least favorite age.

Thank you for the critique! Do you know of any "amazing stack" photos I can look at to try and learn from?

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I think it's referring to the feet. I very rarely see him standing easty/westy... He usually sits with paws very straight forward.
I thought that was what was meant too, but I was just trying to determine what in the pictures made her suggest that. I am by no means experienced in this area and I was just trying to learn.
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Usually looking at photos on the pedigree database of showline dogs are good examples of stacks. They will usually have "mendely"(sp?) and "URMA" at the bottom right hand of the corner water mark. People usually get REALLY nice stack photographs of their dogs there.

I don't want to toot my own horn and post my own dogs but IDK if I am allowed to just post photos of dogs I don't own with good stacks.

But even with a "good stack" photo of a dog. The foot placement of that dog should be to its advantage, not on a cookie cutter type deal. Dogs with more length and better rear angulation will need their legs placed farther back than a dog with less of both.

Here is a photo of my male stacked to his advantage for his body style:
https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...hs-3-days.html

Here is a stack photo of his sire, my favorite one of him:
http://cdn.pedigreedatabase.com/pictures/691824.jpg

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