German Shepherd Dog > The German Shepherd Gait (8 replies)
The German Shepherd Gait
by Scarlet Akai on 10 June 2010 - 04:16
|Something I found and thought everyone would enjoy... comments/ thoughts on the gait and structure of the pup in question? I especially like that his hind feet don't go plantigrade as he runs.|
by AandA on 10 June 2010 - 09:34
|Scarlet, this is the de facto video of a German Shepherd gating and is often used in threads on here when such discussions arise. The dog is DIngo Vom Haus Gero see www.pedigreedatabase.com/gsd/pedigree/39.html|
I should hope that he doesn't go plantigrade as if a dog does it's a serious fault.
by Scarlet Akai on 10 June 2010 - 19:02
|serious fault it may be, but it's something that I notice alot in watching GSD shows. I constantly see dogs in a stances/stacks where the entire foot of a digitigrade animal is touching the floor. (a pet peeve of mine :P )|
I had no idea this video was used often on this site, though i suppose it should almost be common sense. (Silly me my noobness is showing)
Any who thank you for the name and pedigree :)
by Shezam1 on 13 June 2010 - 14:34
|Will someone please explain the terms "plantigrade" and "digitigrade"|
by GSDtravels on 13 June 2010 - 15:39
|Plantigrade would be the whole foot, to the hock joint, hitting flat on the ground during stance or gait. Digitigrade would be the foot raised and the toes planted during same.|
by Shezam1 on 14 June 2010 - 06:45
|Thank you GSDTravels - never come across this terminology OR dogs with these defects - did not even know this was possible, though I have seen photos of American Bred GSDs that are so angulated with excessively long bones that they seem to sink under their own weight in the rear.|
by Liesldad on 14 June 2010 - 13:56
|Excuse my noobihood...|
Left hind foot is placed outside the left front foot when the two feet are closest; on the right side, the hind foot goes inside the forefoot.
So it's like the hip centerline is displaced a footwidth from the centerline of the shoulders.
Do dogs always gait in this manner?
by Xeph on 14 June 2010 - 17:12
|Left hind foot is placed outside the left front foot when the two feet are closest; on the right side, the hind foot goes inside the forefoot.|
To my knowledge not all do, no. It is my understanding that this motion happens in the GSD due to the breed "overreaching" in the rear (to cover more ground).
by GSDtravels on 15 June 2010 - 03:37
|This gait is unique to the GSD.|