|Barked: Mon Jan 31, '11 2:06pm PST |
|I just wanted to touch on structure as someone mentioned that their puppies parents were hip certified.
Hip and elbow testing is great and I am all for doing testing before breeding, but (a big "but" here) a dog can pass hips and elbows and still have awful structure. Hip and elbow certs are only a part of what makes up good structure on a dog. I have a dog, whose both parents have hip/elbow certs, and that I am certain if I send in her x-rays, she would pass hips and elbows. However, this is a dog with awful structure - she is very barrel hocked, has a short upper arm, and is loose at the elbows (which is different than a poor elbow joint) as well as some other things. Good thing that she does have good joints, especially knees, as if she had weak joints I am sure that she would have a lot more injuries.
Good structure encompasses the entire dog, not just joints, or topline, or rear angulation (which some performance people seem to think more is better). It is the proper balance of the dog from front to back and top to bottom. Proper front angulation and shoulder layback is very important for our performance dogs - 60% of a dog's weight is carried on the front and when you combine that with activities such as jumping (or rather the landing) the front of the body takes a lot of stress. An all over, sound and solid body is what we should be looking for in our performance dogs.
Pat Hastings just released a book based on her Structure in Action seminar. I attended her seminar last year and was so enthralled with everything that I learned that I have ordered the book (can't wait until it gets here). If anyone is interested in how structure affects our performance dogs, this book should be a good read.
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