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Please critique - updated photo's of Zefra

I would love some opinions on how Zefra is progressing. We have our SV show next month as well.

Stack (I did my best.. lol)

These are just a few photo's from this past weekend while we were on vacation.







Movement





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Thanks everyone, looking to learn so please feel free to share opinions, etc.

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beautiful! thats my opinion
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Very nice dog-she looks long, lean and elegant. I love her coloring, especially in the trotting pics. Perfect ears and a lovely, keen expression.
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wow what an amazing looking dog. i like the "movement" photo. beautifully contoured body!
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She's got a very pleasing form--very tightly ligamented ("dry") and compact, with a very tight coat. Nice medium size and bone, tight coat, lovely head with good earset, a nice long neck, pleasing topline with a slight nick behind the withers--this shows up more bc of her tight coat and lean build. A little upright in the pasterns--goes with being tightly ligamented. I really like her front--nice angle of shoulder blade and upper arm, good length and lay of upper arm.

However, she could use more length of upper thigh to give her a bit more angulation in the rear. So, she's got a better shoulder than rear and this shows up in movement. The proportions may improve some as she matures over the next year or 18 months, but I think she's always going to be lacking somewhat in rear angulation for the show ring.

Because of her better front than rear, she "falls on the forehand" a bit in movement, meaning that she moves "butt high" and looks a bit like she's running downhill (her shoulders are lower than her hips) at the trot.

This is very common in the working lines--and I suspect she's got great agility and is very nimble on her feet.

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She's got a very pleasing form--very tightly ligamented ("dry") and compact, with a very tight coat. Nice medium size and bone, tight coat, lovely head with good earset, a nice long neck, pleasing topline with a slight nick behind the withers--this shows up more bc of her tight coat and lean build. A little upright in the pasterns--goes with being tightly ligamented. I really like her front--nice angle of shoulder blade and upper arm, good length and lay of upper arm.

However, she could use more length of upper thigh to give her a bit more angulation in the rear. So, she's got a better shoulder than rear and this shows up in movement. The proportions may improve some as she matures over the next year or 18 months, but I think she's always going to be lacking somewhat in rear angulation for the show ring.

Because of her better front than rear, she "falls on the forehand" a bit in movement, meaning that she moves "butt high" and looks a bit like she's running downhill (her shoulders are lower than her hips) at the trot.

This is very common in the working lines--and I suspect she's got great agility and is very nimble on her feet.
wow. i love the technicality of this answer. bless you. if you get a chance can you find my Zeeva and do me the honor of critiquing her?
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also thinks she's gorgeous and looks, is built alot like Masi..Masi I believe, along with Christine's assessment is 'dry' / very tightly ligamented love her just the same

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I third Blackthorn. If you want to bring down her rear at the stack you'll really have to shape her so she crouches slightly and pushes forward with her chest; if you bring her right foot under a touch it might force her down (or she'll pull back off her front end and look odd, depends on the dog). She's a little shallow-chested compared to the dogs we usually see in the SE AKC/UKC shows. In the ring judges want to see a level back at highest and a lower rear (no roach, of course) at best. My friend's bitch has a similar build, and she has put some wins on her with a well-shaped stack so DON'T DESPAIR! A lot of UKC judges are putting up the less-angulated working type dogs now. Keep in mind I'm not a judge, I just show a lot so it's one person's opinion.
Beautiful working girl, I'd love to see her going after a frisbee! I bet she's like lightning.
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She's got a very pleasing form--very tightly ligamented ("dry") and compact, with a very tight coat. Nice medium size and bone, tight coat, lovely head with good earset, a nice long neck, pleasing topline with a slight nick behind the withers--this shows up more bc of her tight coat and lean build. A little upright in the pasterns--goes with being tightly ligamented. I really like her front--nice angle of shoulder blade and upper arm, good length and lay of upper arm.

However, she could use more length of upper thigh to give her a bit more angulation in the rear. So, she's got a better shoulder than rear and this shows up in movement. The proportions may improve some as she matures over the next year or 18 months, but I think she's always going to be lacking somewhat in rear angulation for the show ring.

Because of her better front than rear, she "falls on the forehand" a bit in movement, meaning that she moves "butt high" and looks a bit like she's running downhill (her shoulders are lower than her hips) at the trot.

This is very common in the working lines--and I suspect she's got great agility and is very nimble on her feet.
Thanks for the critique! I was hoping you would take a look and respond.

I totally agree with your assessment as well. She is LIGHTENING fast and super agile.

I wish she had more of a rear but I guess you can't get everything in one dog! LOL

Would you take a guess at what she will place? I am of course hoping for a SG but she is in a line up of all showlines (there are only 2-4 working lines being shown at all in this trial.. lol) and so who knows.. lol.

This girl is just full of trouble as well. She has a temperament to die for, nothing rattles her, loves people and kids, awesome with other dogs, totally biddable but with some 'tude. She doesn't take crap from anyone and is a super worker!

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Thanks everyone!

Much appreciated!

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