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THE SIDE VIEW


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AM/CAN.Ch.Jem's Rock the House
AM.Ch.DLG Rainbow's End

Appraising the side view from a distance of at least 10 feet, check that the balance is correct.

  • Is the head too big or too small for his body?

  • Is the neck of good length and set correctly into his shoulders? It should not be abrupt.

  • Is the back short with a straight (but not level) topline? No dipping, sagging, or roaching.

  • Does the topline slope gently from withers to root of tail?

  • Do the forequarters balance with his hindquarters? Well anglulated, front and rear?

  • Is the depth of chest equal to his length of foreleg? Does it reach to his elbows?

  • Is the tail set on correctly? Not too high or too low? (5 minutes after 1 o'clock is perfect!)...(see NOTE below)

  • Is there dog behind the tail? (A Boxer should have a nicely rounded rump, not chopped off.)




Germ.Ch Dirk von Höhholz - born 1961
A German Champion born 1961

Aust.GR.CH.Taswest Reggie in Red
A well balanced mature Boxer of today






Kesdar Heaven Sent
A well balanced 5 month old puppy
Kesdar Heaven Sent - Photography by Pedini
Same puppy at 10 months

Same Female as an adult
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.






Ensign's Futura Vita of Tybrushe
Ch.Ensign's Futura Vita of Tybrushe
BIS BISS Can Ch Ensign's Futura Vita of Tybrushe

A well contructed bitch at 5 weeks, 1 year and 4.5 years.





Mature Boxers
Ch Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream
AM/CAN CH Summer's Dash Riprock, SOM
Ch.Abythorn All Wrapped Up For Carmondene J.W.
Aust.Ch.Taswest Jack in Jocks
Aust.Grand Ch.Intrends Hot Chocolate
Vancroft Mr Roberts
Eng.Ch.Steynmere Just So
Ch.Twinkle Star v.Eurozone
JORRICK de la Finca Sapho
Eng Ch. Tartarian Gold Dust
MBIS MBISS A/C CH KG HALCYON FIRE KING SOM
BISS, RUBISS Ch Berlane’s Dream Warrior At Vineen Imp. USA


CLICK TO VIEW THE DIFFERENCE
THAT CROPPING MAKES TO A DOG


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Short back - correct balance Long back - straighter shoulders and rear


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.

Look at the length of back between C and the set-on of tail on the two dogs.
Can you see the difference?  The second dog is longer in back, measured between these two points. Get out your slide rule if you don't believe me. 

He 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 second dog's tail is correctly set, but he drops off sharply behind the tail, whereas the first dog, 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.

The first dog would have a longer stride and move more easily due to his correct angulation front and rear. The second dog would need more steps to cover the same amount of ground that the first dog covered.



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