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There is a reason that dogs are stacked (posed) at dog shows. Much can be learned from the side view of a stack: proportions, front end angulation, rear end angulation, length of neck, and more. Proportions and front end assembly are the two most important things that I look for in a puppy. Welsh springers should be rectangular: longer from front of body to back of thigh than the height from foot to top of withers (top of shoulder blade). Welsh should never be leggy as adults.

However, Gracee has entered into a leggy stage of her development. She should return to the proportions she had at 8 weeks. She has a nice front assembly with elbows under withers, plus a definite point of shoulder (where the bottom of the shoulder blade meets the upper arm that starts at th elbow) which indicates good angulation).


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