Date: Tuesday, November 10 @ 06:47:00 CST
Depth of Chest to Height ratio.
Recent discussions between several breeders and ourselves arose about the proportions of the German Shepherd dog with regard to the perceived length of foreleg. The human eye can be very misleading when viewing any animal with regard to height and or proportions.
When one looks at the actual measurements of animals taken on the day of the breed survey and calculated to determine the correct ration of 45% depth to 55% leg length ones perception does not always match the actual measurement.
For example Ch*Iniff Vagrant Height 64.5cm Depth of Chest 29.5cm
Depth of chest to Height ratio: 45.7% depth 54.3% leg length
Examples of correct proportions are detailed below.
Height Ideal Depth
Animals which are short in the foreleg are typically short in the upperarm and also in the neck due to a forward placed shoulder blade.
These animals generally also have a short under chest, which reduces their lung capacity and overall endurance and stamina.
Ideally the length of foreleg should be at least 55% of the overall height of the dog.