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Curious About Conformation

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Shows & Events' started by ttdora, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. ttdora

    ttdora Puppy

    So I don't own a bully breed, my boy is a mix, but I've always been really curious about conformation and structure. I'm looking for as much criticism as I can get on my boy and his structure, I'm just interested to know how correct he is ;)

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  2. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    well, his chest is a little shallow. The chest should be even with his elbows.
  3. ttdora

    ttdora Puppy

    Ok, Like his ribs don't reach his elbows? What does this effect in his function?
  4. ttdora

    ttdora Puppy

    Also his feet, would anyone consider them hare feet, flat or in between cat and hare...

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  5. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    yeah, the ribs should reach his elbows. My girl is shallow chested too.

    As for function, my guess would be that it doenst allow for larger lungs/hearts, and would restrict the expansion thereof. :ummm:
  6. FransterDoo

    FransterDoo Big Dog

    How old is he?

    If you are on Facebook Structure in Motion, Too! is a great group to learn more about structure.

    Conformation refers to a dog conforming to the published breed standard. But thanks for spelling it correctly!
  7. ttdora

    ttdora Puppy

    Okay, that's makes sense and He's about 10 months

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  8. ttdora

    ttdora Puppy

    Also I've taken him on some bike rides (3) which he LOVES. but I noticed he doesn't actually run but trots the entire time, even when we go faster...is that normal.

    Also in the yard (we have two acres) he only runs at a gallop for short periods almost as if a gallop is uncomfortable for him...

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  9. Floras_Mom

    Floras_Mom Little Dog

    ttfors, as has been said already, thank you for spelling conformation correctly... that said, it is rather difficult to critique a dog first off, without knowing the breed. As fransterdoo said, each breed is compared to a published standard. Also, the only thing I personally can critique without actually putting my hands on a dog, is movement. That we reaaly can't see in a still shot photo.
    That said, he looked like a sweet dog. I had a mix thatvlooked a lot like him, but was sable. One of the smartest dogs I ever had.
  10. ttdora

    ttdora Puppy

    Ok I understand. As a mixed breed I just wondered what others could make of him, but you're right!

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  11. FransterDoo

    FransterDoo Big Dog

    I'm not a fan of his rear. It looks like he has no angle to his knees and possibly slippery hocks.
  12. Celestial88

    Celestial88 Good Dog

    When asking for structural critiques you want to get a picture similar to this:

    The dog should be "squared up", although my boy's back legs are not far enough back you want the hocks to be at about a 90 degree angle from the ground. And you want to be as level with the dog as possible. Without properly stacking(or you can try for a free-stacked shot) it is hard to accurately judge a dog's structure.

    I do agree with Franster that he looks to have very straight stifles, and is lacking rear angulation.

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