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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-23-2017, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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12 weeks back arch

Hi all, I've recently brought home another puppy but the way she walks is giving me concern. Below are some of her pictures. The back (just above the tail) seem to have an unusual arch. What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-23-2017, 09:41 AM
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Do you have any pictures of her with her head up?
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-24-2017, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Tried taking a few more pictures but it's kinda hard
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-24-2017, 02:23 PM
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Could it be because he is the Square type? if everything else is normal and he is active and healthy.

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conformation is so important -- and I am not talking about anything having to do with Show - of any type - just plain , "design" which brings balance and function to the dog .

this dog does not have this harmonious good conformation. It is what it is. You can't do anything about it .
The breeder can ! By educating him/her self about the rhyme and reasons for a functional standard.

This dog looks like two different dogs joined together . His front belonging to one, the rear to another. Or a front belonging to a younger dog , and the rear is 2 months ahead in growth.
The defining line is a line drawn at the last rib of the rib cage.

His croup is short and steep. He is able to drive more in the rear than his front can open up to allow him to move forward .

You can't do anything. You didn't create the problem . You do have to recognize this as a functional handicap and not expect the dog to do something which he can not do. He didn't create the problem either. He inherited this.

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can you get video up?

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Where did you get him? What kind of a breeder was it?
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can the dog walk beside you at a normal pace or is he always lagging.

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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-24-2017, 07:51 PM
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My female Luna has the sort of the same type of back but her brother doesn't. I was wondering about it as I was bathing her the other day and it doesn't affect her walking or running. The only funny thing that she does when running she seems to leap with her front legs but no pain, not anything. Actually Luna seems worse than your dog, I'm not familiar with it unfortunately. I'm going to lurk in this thread though because I'm curious myself!

EDIT: She was just at six months in that picture
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pretty much the same .
the dogs are walking downhill. The wither is lower that the croup.
In a dog with a back arch or roach , the back is higher than the wither or the croup.
this is not the case with these two dogs.


the front lifts to get out of the way of the rear propulsion .

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