An extended extract from my paper 'The Head of The German Shepherd Dog'. Everything you wanted to know about the teeth of the dog.
Click here: The Teeth of the German Shepherd Dog
The way forward for the German Shepherd Dog always was and now more than ever is education, and through education giving breeders breed direction that is sound. In todays environment that means reducing if not eliminating the problems of a curved backline and overangulation of the hindquarter. Politics, unbelievable apathy, selfishness and super egos have over ridden this very basic fact and need. Where is the public spearheaded education? In closeted rooms and the awarding of a blue ribbon?!
Words of great wisdom left to us that care from my dear departed friend Linda Shaw.
The fore and rear stride excursion distances are equal - the front feet do not rise higher than the length of the front pastern in stance - the forward reaching rear pastern does not come in contact with the ground - the fully extended rearward pastern is at an angle - the crossover of the over reach is mid point, there is a slight downward angle from the top of the pelvis to the forward pivot point and the pad of the front foot reaches to about the line of the dogs eye and what can't be seen here; the dog stands and steps firm and straight from the rear.