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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-24-2012, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Balen critique please. :)

This is just for fun and to help me learn about GSD conformation. I've been a little confused b/c of the different lines. Anyway, for those that havent seen my other threads on Balen, he was a rescue boy, estimated to be about 13 months old. He is currently 60 pounds.

I hope these pictures are ok to use for the critique, I have such respect for anyone who can stack a dog, lol. The pictures in front of the fence are for me to keep visual track of the weight he has been putting on. He is a tad bit more filled out now.

2 questions, Is his tail the proper length? Sometimes it looks fine to me, and sometimes it looks a little short. Would you consider him a working line?

Thanks to anyone who gives a critique.
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Let's see how I do...as a complete and utter novice

Flat and short croup(?)
Minimal angulation in the back and I think the front too but I can't be sure.

His tail is not too long but it sets a big high on his croup. Tail must be past the hock which is his, but there's only a mention of too short, not too long if I remember correctly.
He has nice coloring/pigment.
He does have a nick behind his withers, so his topline isn't what you'd consider "straight".
His ears are rather non-standard but not sure how I'd describe them.
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His ears are rather non-standard but not sure how I'd describe them.
LOL! I couldnt even come up with "non standard" for those ears.... I think thats a nice way to put it.

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I know nothing of the technical terms but I have been following all of your posts about him and think he is absolutely stunning!
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Good looking boy! I don't think his tail is too short, I think the hair on the tip of his tail is a bit short, making the tail appear shorter than it is.

Hard to say whether he is a working line, or just a byb mix of lines.
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Thanks Msvette2u for your critique!


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I know nothing of the technical terms but I have been following all of your posts about him and think he is absolutely stunning!
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Good looking boy! I don't think his tail is too short, I think the hair on the tip of his tail is a bit short, making the tail appear shorter than it is.

Hard to say whether he is a working line, or just a byb mix of lines.
I think you are right about the hair. I felt the tip of his tail, and basically the hairs barely cover it.

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Don't thank me yet. I'm waiting for some of the experts to come along and make mincemeat of it
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I am sure the way he is, is good enough for you. Not a very useful comment maybe but still....
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I think his conformation is actually quite nice. He's definitely a head turner with his gorgeous eyes and his coloring. I like his intelligent, yet happy and easy going expression in these pics. He doesn't look byb to me-he looks like a quality dog.
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