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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-26-2018, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Need conformation critique explained!

Had some people critique my dog just for fun, she's not amazing quality or showline or anything of the sort so wasn't expecting much from the critique haha and not under in delusions of my dogs conformation either, but was hoping to have some of it explained and shown some pictures of "correct" conformation. I just wanna learn what each things mean and how its suppose to look.

I'll post the picture they critiqued and then a few better ones tomorrow, the one I took isn't at the right level and her back leg is cut out so its not a good picture to critique sadly.

I believe the critiquer bred show lines? But I'm not 100% sure, her dogs looked a bit weak in the hocks and flat footed imho, but what do I know... Anyway! Her critique was as such:
Slightly sway back-back is not firm. Incorrect angle of shoulder and lack,of chest...need to,see tge rest of the dog to evaluate the rear

I could see the slight sway back, my girl has absolutely no roaching and is pretty long, but a bit confused on the rest and would like some explanation and pictures of the correct conformation to for reference! thank you in advance!
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First picture was the one critiqued, second was one I forgot I had that I just found. Its at a better angle
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I don't know much about conformation. She looks nice to me. Not meaning to nit pick, just an observation; I would keep her nails shorter as it can affect the way she places her feet. I can see the difference in my dog's feet after sanding down the nails; her feet are more compact.
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I don't know much about conformation. She looks nice to me. Not meaning to nit pick, just an observation; I would keep her nails shorter as it can affect the way she places her feet. I can see the difference in my dog's feet after sanding down the nails; her feet are more compact.
Not nit picky at all! I agree, I actually just ran out and bought a new nail trimmer today (I broke my other ). Working on them as we speak
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Very stretched female with high withers, soft through the back, long through the loin. Good placement of a slightly short croup. Shoulder could use more angulation, but she appears to have a nice length of upper arm so probably has very good reach in movement. Excellent angulation in the rear. With her nails long it is very hard to evaluate her feet. I would like to see darker pigment. Even whites should have black noses where as hers looks more liver/brown.
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Very stretched female with high withers, soft through the back, long through the loin. Good placement of a slightly short croup. Shoulder could use more angulation, but she appears to have a nice length of upper arm so probably has very good reach in movement. Excellent angulation in the rear. With her nails long it is very hard to evaluate her feet. I would like to see darker pigment. Even whites should have black noses where as hers looks more liver/brown.
Thank you! would you happen to have any pictures of a more correct back and what explanation of what you mean by stretched?

Also she has "snow nose" right now from the cold weather, its nice and dark in the summer

Oh! also tips on better stacking? I'm not great at it and noticed that in the top picture she looks more "sway-back" then in the bottom and thought it might be from the position she was posed in? I know people use various levels of stacking to showcase the best qualities of their dog.

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Stretched means she is long through the loin which is the part of the back between where the ribs end and the pelvis begins. Length should be obtained with a good lay back of shoulder and long croup with the back itself and especially the loin being shorter.
Her stack isn't bad. You just have her head lifted too high which is making her topline look worse.
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Stretched means she is long through the loin which is the part of the back between where the ribs end and the pelvis begins. Length should be obtained with a good lay back of shoulder and long croup with the back itself and especially the loin being shorter.
Her stack isn't bad. You just have her head lifted too high which is making her topline look worse.
Ah okay, Thank you so much for the explanation!
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One thing about all white or all black animals is they are all shape. That is what is most noticeable about them. There are no coat colors or markings to distract the eye. The horse I have now is black, he is a black Arabian stallion. I always really loved to see white horses though. I am no judge of dog shape but that is one pretty dog.

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One thing about all white or all black animals is they are all shape. That is what is most noticeable about them. There are no coat colors or markings to distract the eye. The horse I have now is black, he is a black Arabian stallion. I always really loved to see white horses though. I am no judge of dog shape but that is one pretty dog.
I agree! Its so easy to pick out the little things on solid animals.

I used to evaluate horses in my youth and always found the solid ones were the easiest to really nit pick everything while the paints and appaloosa's were easy to miss certain flaws.

And thank you! funny enough I always tend to be drawn to the darker colored shepherds like the black sables and solid blacks. But I've always really loved how she looked, just seems so feminine and regal in my opinion. Kind of like a mythical creature lol!
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