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Hello guys i have a 7 month female "Ruby".. her built is very slim and narrow.. I'm always fond of big chest/barrel chest dogs.. so just for curiosity i want to know can we broaden their chest by doing exercises & diet?? For comparison I'm posting 7month heavy built puppy vs mine.. pls tell is it possible to develop barrel chest and strong big neck?


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to answer your question "Is deep chest/barrel chest genetic or can we build chest muscle?"

the answer is genetic . This is the framework , the skeletal rib cage on which the muscles cover.

I see a trend toward gsd without the proper chest - as you point out too narrow , no depth.
That impacts lung capacity .

A barrel chest is not correct .
 

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Which is ideal for the breed, deep barrel chest or narrow chest? How does this differ between working line and ASL?
 

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neither. the breed shouldn't be barrel chested nor should it have a narrow chest.

from the standard:

The chest should be moderately broad, its underline as long as possible, and pronounced. The depth of chest should be about 45 % to 48 % of the dog’s height at the withers. The ribs should widen out and curve moderately. Barrel-shaped chests or slab-sided appearance are equally faulty.
 

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Hello guys i have a 7 month female "Ruby".. her built is very slim and narrow.. I'm always fond of big chest/barrel chest dogs.. so just for curiosity i want to know can we broaden their chest by doing exercises & diet?? For comparison I'm posting 7month heavy built puppy vs mine.. pls tell is it possible to develop barrel chest and strong big neck?


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My dog was a male that we adopted at around one or two years old. His chest was narrow also and he appeared to be all legs. I can't remember the exact time frame, but I think it was over the next year or so that his chest developed.
 
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