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THE SIDE VIEW
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A beautifully balanced young puppy bitch at 7 months of age
NOTE: As mentioned above, the set on of the tail is at 5 minutes past 1 and as many countries have now made docking of tails illegal, it is much more important to look at the set of the tail rather than how it is carried! If it is set on correctly, and the dog has the correct temperament, the undocked tail will be carried high on the move and may drop when relaxed. Disregard the length of the tail, the amount of curve to the tail or if it is carried to the left or right on the move.
A well contructed bitch at 5 weeks, 1 year and 4.5 years
A lovely bitch at 8 weeks and 21 months.
CLICK TO VIEW THE DIFFERENCE
Look closely at the two dogs above. Which do you think is the squarer dog?
Actually they both measure square. The line A and B and C and D are all of equal length in both dogs.
Now look at the length of back between C and the set-on of tail on the two dogs.
Can you see the difference? B is longer in back, measured between these two points. Get out your slide rule if you don't believe me.
B looks balanced, because his incorrect straighter front angulation matches his straighter rear angulation. Look closely where his front feet are. They are more forward under his neck, and there is no forechest evident. He has a flat front. More than likely when viewed from the front, he would have a lack of fill between his front legs. (Cathedral fronted)
Now look at the rear of the two dogs. The B's tail is correctly set, but he drops off sharply behind the tail, whereas A has a decided curve to his rump.
Another very important measurement is C to E (Depth of Chest) and E to D (Length of Leg). For a Boxer to have correct balance, this measurement must be equal! Both are correct here.
A's correct angulation enables him to have a longer stride, move more smoothly and cover more ground. B would need more steps to cover the same amount of ground.