Dog Leg Terminology
Here are some basic definitions to dog leg terminology, we’ve separated them by front & hind end & provided the cheatsheet (click the image for a larger view) to the right for quick visual reference.
The terms below refer to the front end of the dog or forequarters.
When the forelegs curve out between the elbows & pasterns.
Down in Pastern
When the pastern is weak & overly sloped.
When the feet point out and away from each other.
When an animal with an east-west front also has bowed feet, giving the impression of a fiddle.
The angle that the shoulders are set on the animal’s body.
When pastern is steep or has a reverse slope.
When the forequarters are overly lumpy or muscled.
Out at Elbow
When the elbow joint sticks out further than the ribcage.
When the upper arm is set back under the animal’s body.
The angle formed between the humerus & the scapula.
When the feet point inward, towards each other.
The following terms refer to the rear end of the dog or hindquarter.
When the hindquarters are wide & bowed.
When the hocks point towards each other (which generally results in the feet pointing outward).
The area from the stifle to the hock – sometimes called the second thigh.
An over-angulation of the hock joint which makes it difficult for the animal to straighten the joint while moving.
When an animal has short hocks.
Probably More To Come
We have yet to do a final check in the vaults for more canine terminology ideas & we’re pretty sure there will be more to share. As we find them we’ll let you know, but until then be sure to learn more about dog basics, hair types & tail types.