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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-22-2016, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Tall, leggy, narrow dogs and IPO

I have young dog (13 months) and he is still leggy with very narrow front and east-west feet. I know there is a lot of time for filling out but I'm starting to think he will stay narrow despite having stocky built parents. We are training for IPO, but I'm not chasing any high results with him, just learning and catching up where I stopped with my late Kali.

Anyway, I'm interested in your opinions on working with dogs that have that build. Is it putting more strain to their bodies, is there higher rate of injuries and how well they can preform compared to more solid dogs?

For the reference, he is 28" 88lbs with chest girth of 33"




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He is so tall. I don't know if I would worry about injuries because he is narrow or thin. Less weight is probably better. Is he intact? What are you feeding him? I'm sure by the time he is 2 he will fill in.

For reference, my boy is 26" and 85 lbs. 3 months ago he was 78 lbs. and very skinny. The only thing I did differently is switch his food and he has responded wonderfully to it. He is still VERY lean and I bet he will add a few more pounds by the time he is 3.

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He is not thin, there are no visible ribs and he have nice muscle tone. He was thin as a puppy but as soon as he stopped gaining in height he started filling out. But his legs are soooo long
He is intact. I'm feeding him almost the same as I was feeding Kali, mostly raw or high quality kibble, and she was super muscular female.

Brick is strong, fast and usually agile, but sometimes he is like a Bambi on ice so naturally I started thinking about injuries.

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He looks good to me! You're doing very good by him.
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He looks good to me! You're doing very good by him.
Thank you! I like to think that too I was just curious if someone has any insight about connection between build and performance or injury occurrence in this particular sport.

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You are doing the right things. You are feeding better than most people do.

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No real knowledge but....mals tend to be thin and leggy with no ill effects.I think Brick looks muscular and in excellent shape.

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WUSV team (alternate). Dasko is huge!
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No real knowledge but....mals tend to be thin and leggy with no ill effects.I think Brick looks muscular and in excellent shape.
Yes but he not built like malinois and he is already ~15-20lbs heavier than usual working male mal. He isn't thin, really he just looks thin, he is narrow.
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WUSV team (alternate). Dasko is huge!
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Just keep his core strong to protect his back.
Thanks for the link. He is huge! Reminds me of Bricks father. We are doing some simple exercises for his core muscles, balancing on unstable surface and "sitting pretty", but if you have some suggestion for more exercisers I'll gladly incorporate them too.

I took a measure if it's easier to see on which particular part of his body I'm focused when I talk about narrow chest, lower part, marked red.



His front legs are very close together and I usually don't see that in WL GSDs so when I take into account his height, weight and overall build I'm worried about his stability when performing demanding tasks. He is still young and I'm not pushing him hard but he had a few slidings in high turns so I started thinking about that.

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