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post #21 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-20-2018, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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In horses we call this a "downhill" build, and often youngsters in their awkward stage are downhill before they mature and straighten out, so to speak. [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG] either way your pup should be just fine!
Actually downhill and butt high are different in horses. Downhill has to do with the pillar of support, while "butt high" is simply that the hind end is higher than the withers. Horses can be butt high without being functionally downhill. It's true that young horses go through butt high phases though, and that's what I was referring to in my original post. Was trying to find out if dogs go through the same thing, which apparently they do 🙂
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Ok so I am insane I think because she looks pretty normal today... I think she might have just been standing under herself awkwardly at the vet's office like some people suggested lol.
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She looks just like a husky/shepherd mix should in terms of structure in that picture- and much happier. Vets offices are not a dog's happy place. I wouldn't worry. Most of my pups go through some awkward growth stages, but end up fine. And she looks like she's ended up fine.


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She looks just like a husky/shepherd mix should in terms of structure in that picture- and much happier. Vets offices are not a dog's happy place. I wouldn't worry. Most of my pups go through some awkward growth stages, but end up fine. And she looks like she's ended up fine.
Thank you!!! She's the first dog I've had from a puppy so this is all a little new to me. I really appreciate everyone's input 🙂
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She looks great in the new pic! Glad you posted a second.
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A Chinook breeder told me that the higher butt helps with pulling sleds. Chinooks are bred as sled dogs. I like her functional structure. Don't fret about the early spay. It's done and she will thrive
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A Chinook breeder told me that the higher butt helps with pulling sleds. Chinooks are bred as sled dogs. I like her functional structure. Don't fret about the early spay. It's done and she will thrive
That's really interesting! Would make sense for huskies to be built like that too then. I know it's sometimes said that a downhill build is good for cow horses and horses that do reining. So I guess it serves a purpose sometimes
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She looks great in the new pic! Glad you posted a second.
Thank you! Me too! When I saw that picture yesterday I was like "holy crap, when did she get like THAT?" Thought she must be gearing up for a crazy growth spurt haha
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I don't believe spaying has anything to do with this.
if there were pictures of this nice dog as a young pup the same conformation
would be there .

this is his conformation.

lack of angulation.

straight front , shoulder layback upright ,
less than strong back (point between croup and wither)

straight in stifle (lacking angulation ) big contributor

he was born this way , not made to be this way

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I admittedly did not read the original post, just picked up along replies and the title.

By downhill I mean butt high because they are the same. A youngster going through a stage and evens out or develops an uphill build during maturity is still during that developmental time downhill. Didn't mean to make a technicality out of it.
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