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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-13-2012, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Ruger Natural Stack, 15 months old

This is my boy Ruger. He is now 15 months old and this is a natural stack that I caught of him in my back yard. I know he is not perfect. His top line looks ok in this photo but he does have a very minor amount of roach and a small dip behind his shoulders. He moves very nicely though. In this photo his feet look kind of flat but they look much better in real life. The side photo was taken today at 15 months, the front was taken at 13 months.
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A few more, the first from a more direct side angle and a couple of other shots. The last one is an older picture from age 12 months old but his shows the shape of his front feet better.
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Ah- I've been waiting for this thread. I didn't want to threadjack that other thread with questions. I'd like to know if you, Carmen, or I guess really anyone thinks that Ruger has flat withers. My first thought was yes, but I'm not sure if that's true or not. I think there might be some angle there.

I think Ruger is quite a nice looking dog! I do really like his dark coat and dark mask. Also, I think you have him in impeccable shape- love that stomach tuck!

And I'll tell you one thing that stood out to me immediately- what a nice long croup! Good angle too. At least from what I currently know (or think I know) this length and angle of croup should provide a lot of power and really good turning ability.

I'm curious if you work him, and if so- in what venues/sports?

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Thanks wildo. He is currently training in IPO. I would do agility with him but I work on Saturdays and that is when our agility group meets. But yes he idoes turn on a dime. As far as the withers go, I would say yes to the flat question.
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I like his wither myself, but that coat could be creating an illusion. I don't have my hands on him, so can't say for sure. And that rear <3 <3 <3 So nice to see angles!

And you are right, Wildo, that croup is gorgeous, and the tailset is correct!

What's his breeding, Rob?

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He is mostly WGWL with a small amount of WGSL on the top and bottom about 5 generations back. Both parents were imported from Holland.

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I love his dark face! I know nothing about critiquing. Just wanted to say I always like seeing pictures of him.
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Up dated front and head shot

Here is an up dated front and head shot taken today.
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I remember some time ago, Carmen or maybe Cliff had mentioned that a nice wide front is getting harder to come by in the breed. If I recall correctly, they said you should easily be able to fit your hand between their front legs.

...Now if I am remembering right, I'll give Ruger some more props on having a nice wide front.

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he does have a very minor amount of roach.
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