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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-19-2008, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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Maturing Nicely - I think!

Love to hear critiques and comments on my 7.5 month old male pup He's changed quite a bit since the last photos I put up







and a fun shot of him playing with his mum!
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he is stunning to me..fabulous, but I'm no expert)

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He is GORGEOUS!

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WOW!!! Gorgeous!

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Re: Maturing Nicely - I think!

Anyone game to have a go at a critique for him?
He was shown a few weeks ago, I can remember the judge saying he needed more stop, eyes should be a fraction darker, medium size, medium strong, loose overall.... anyone add anything?

I'll put his critique from the show up when I have it - to compare
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Re: Maturing Nicely - I think!

Angulation is sufficient front and rear (could use better turn of stifle), short/steep upper arm. Nice feet, could be a bit tighter, but he's stagey, so that should come

Nice ears and they look firm. The set is a bit too tight for my liking, but I would guess that as he matures and his skull broadens they'll push apart a bit. Very masculine head, which I love Good color and pigment, nice bone and short hocks.

Strong neck, perhaps a bit short. Nice chest...once it drops and his ribs spring he should command quite a presence. Good substance. Croup is long but steep, good tailset. Do not care for the topline.

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Re: Maturing Nicely - I think!

bummer xeph, i think his ears are perfect! first thing that stood out to me.

however, comparing to something someone pointed out about my dog (and my terrible amatuer stacking skills)... his front forelegs dont look well under him. like he's leaning back rather than ready to move forward. (like this. )

someone else may be able to explain it better, or is possible i have no clue what i'm talking about

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Re: Maturing Nicely - I think!

It's called posting :-) The dog's front is set too far forward so he compensates by tightening in the shoulders to hold himself up, rather than move his feet.

What you want is to have his feet right under him like this"
I'm a jerk in that I don't care for the way most of the German dogs are stacked...while some American dogs are stacked too extremely in the rear, I feel most German dogs are stacked much too closely together.

Gives the appearance of a dog that is ridiculously short in loin and it muddles up what may actually be a good topline

Strauss has an earset I feel is too wide.

This is the earset I find ideal, and what I believe your boy will end up with when he matures:

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Re: Maturing Nicely - I think!

Thanks for the critique Xeph

Camerafodder, I stacked him for that photo and you're quite right - he's bridged and its not good. I'm usually the double handler, my sister is the master handler of my dogs! She wasn't able to attend that show so I had to make do on my own. He pulls himself up alot nicer when I'm there to call him too.
Practising handling skills is on my list of things to do before the next show!
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