Show Prospects
 

SHOW PROSPECTS 

BECOMING A SHOW DOG IS A LONG PROCESS AND ANYWHERE ALONG THE WAY A DOG CAN FALL OUT OF CRITERIA AND BE SOLD TO A PET HOME. THIS IS WHY I KEEP SO MANY EVERY YEAR, AND IN THE END, ONE IN 5 OF MY SELECT PUPPIES MAKE IT.

SHOW DOGS HAVE TO HAVE GOOD DETAILS:  THIS INCLUDES TAILS, THE TAIL SET, THE CURL OF THE TAIL

EARS :  HOW TIGHT THE FOLD, HOW CONSISTENT THEY FOLD THEM. ERECT OR BUTTON EARS IS HIGHLY PENALIZED.

SIZE:  NOT TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL

NECK LENGTH:  A SHORT OR THICK NECK TAKES AWAY ELEGANCE.

LENGTH OF LEG:  TOO SHORT MAKES THEM LOOK TOO COBBY AND IS NOT BREED TYPEY

LENGTH OF BODY:  TOO LONG MAKES THEM LOOK RANGY.  IDEALLY THEY SHOULD BE AS SHORT IN THE BODY AS POSSIBLE AND STILL BE ABLE TO MOVE FREELY. TOO SHORT A BODY MAKES THEM CRAB WALK BECAUSE THERE IS NO ROOM FOR THEM TO PUT THEIR FEET.  LONG DOGS MOVE BETTER BUT LACK BREED TYPE.

BASIC STRUCTURE: THEY SHOULD HAVE A SMOOTH CURVED TOP LINE, BE HIGHER IN THE WITHERS THAN THE HIPS, AND BE ABLE TO HOLD THIS TOPLINE WHEN THEY MOVE.  THIS IS THE HARDEST OF ALL TO ACHEIVE.

GAIT:  THE STANDARD SAYS HIGH STEPPING AND FREE.  IT DOES NOT SAY THAT THEIR FRONT LEGS NEED TO LIFT SO HIGH AS TO BE PARALLEL TO THE GROUND.  TOO MUCH LIFT DROPS THE SHOULDER AND FLATTENS THE TOPLINE OR EVEN CAUSES A DIP BEHIND THE SHOULDERS.

THE REAR AND THE FRONT SHOULD MATCH.  BIG FORWARD MOVEMENT SHOULD RESULT IN THE SAME FREE SWINGING REAR MOVEMENT, WITH THE REAR END DRIVING THE FRONT.

TOO OFTEN I SEE A BIG HIGH STEPPING FRONT AND THE HIND LEGS JUST MOVING IN PLACE.

BALANCE IS THE KEY WHETHER YOU HAVE A SHORT PRANCY IG OR A LONGER HOUNDY ONE.

AND DID I MENTION TEMPERAMENT? WE SHOULD ALL BE WORKING TOWARDS OVER THE TOP FEARLESS AND FREINDLY.

 

 

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