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Rhosyn The proportions of the German Shepherd Dog.
Posted on Monday, August 24 @ 05:18:55 CDT by stephen

At present within the German Shepherd breed there are several anatomical areas of concern. These are not confined to the animals in Australia but throughout the world.

One area of most concern is the length of under chest, a very high percentage of animals are that short and tucked up that it not only spoils the picture in stance but also impedes the animals movement and endurance.

Standard: "The immediate impression of the appearance of the GSD is of a dog slightly long in comparison to its height as is 10 to 17% "
The length of the body should exceed the height at the withers by 10-17%
The length is measured from the point of the breastbone to the rear of the pelvis.

Standard: "underline should be as long as possible with a moderate tuck up"

If the under chest (sternum) is too short, then there will be an exaggerated tuck up into the loin area. This can impact on the endurance of the GSD with decreased room for the heart and lungs many of these animals have a tendency to fall on the forehand during movement.

The general population of German shepherds are closer to 10 to 9 which is a compact dog and by bringing the proportions shorter the breed has a shortened under chest.
Animals which have a length to height ration of 10 - 8.5 will invariably cover more ground in movement with fewer steps than an animal that has the proportions of 10 -9 and therefore be a more efficient moving animal.




Below is a chart to help you with your measurements.
The measurement is from the sternum to under the tail.

Proportions Guide
Height Compact..... Correct ... Stretched.
.................10:_9 .........10:_8.5 .........10:_8

55 ....... 61.1 .........64.7 ...........68.8
55.5....... 61.7 ........ 65.3 ...........69.4
56............62.2 .........65.9 ...........70.0
56.5........62.8 .........66.5 ...........70.6
57 ........63.3 .........67.1 ...........71.3
57.5....... 63.9 .........67.6 ...........71.9
58........... 64.4 .........68.2 ...........72.5
58.5........65.0 .........68.8 ...........73.1
59 ........65.6 .........69.4 ...........73.8
59.5........66.1 .........70.0 ...........74.4
60 ........66.7 .........70.6 ...........75.0
60.5........67.2 .........71.2 ...........75.6
61 ........67.8 .........71.8 ...........76.3
61.5........68.3 .........72.4 ...........76.9
62 ........68.9 .........72.9 ...........77.5
62.5........69.4 .........73.5 ...........78.1
63 ........70.0 .........74.1 ...........78.8
63.5........70.6 .........74.7 ...........79.4
64 ........71.1 .........75.3 ...........80.0
64.5........71.7 .........75.9 ...........80.6
65 ........72.2 .........76.5 ...........81.3
65.5........72.8 .........77.1 ...........81.9
66 ........73.3 .........77.6 ...........82.5
66.5........73.9 .........78.2 ...........83.1
67 ........74.4 .........78.8 ...........83.8
67.5........75.0 .........79.4 ...........84.4
68 ........75.6 .........80.0 ...........85.0


 
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