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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-05-2012, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Kopper is very easty-westy!

***I posted this in the conformation showing area because it's about conformation. If I'm wrong please correct me.***


Kopper's front paws are really easty-westy. When he's sitting still (which is rare) they turn out to maybe about 30 degrees. However, he's still physically quite immature at 1 year old. His sire, older half-siblings, grandsires, etc were/are all thick, wide-chested dogs and he's still skinny and lanky. My question is, will his toes come forward more as he thickens out and matures? Or will they always point out. My FIL was making fun of him at Christmas.


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Stosh's left front leg does the same thing- he did have less muscle mass on that side when he was younger. Now that he's 2, he's much more muscular but still thinner and lankier than his father. His leg still turns out a bit at times, especially when he's tired. My guess is that it always will
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Hogan is east-west in front. As his chest fills out, it has improved. He looks pretty straight when travelling, but it still persists to a degree. Unfortunately, it is one of those faults I find distracting, so I try not to look!
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Gryff was easty-westy too, sounds about the same as Cooper. Mostly noticeable when he was sitting. It did correct itself, but only recently. Gryff will be 3 in a couple of months, and is just loosing his lanky adolescent look and looking more physically mature now.

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can you show a picture of the dog standing (head on not side shot)?
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He sounds defective. I think you better send him to me. I don't care if he is easty/westy or northy/southy. LOL!
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many gsd stand a bit east-west -- many SV reports on conformation critiques about elbows not yet tightened, a bit loose -- later with age and conditioning , gone.
as long as the dog does not move east west and draws his forelimb in to the center allowing the hind to pass on the outside .
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If you turn him 45 degrees won't they be north and south?
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Nikon's always been east-west. If it makes you feel better, it hasn't stopped him from earning his Championship and several SV ratings (always the highest rating available). He is 3 and still east-west. I'm no expert but to me, he appears narrow in front. I'm not sure that's the right term. Like if he's standing and I'm looking straight on from the front, his front legs seem a little close together. As a puppy he was very dry and firm, sometimes beating American show line dogs that were all loose and floppy. His hips and elbows are OFA'd.
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