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Front Assembly

FRONT ASSEMBLY The dog’s front assembly begins with the top of the shoulder blade which is called the withers. The front assembly includes the forearm, front legs, pasterns and feet. This series of bones is important because the front assembly carries sixty percent of the dog’s body weight and is only attached to the body by muscles, tendons and ligaments. The front assembly only includes a large number of moving parts. When standing still, the front legs should appear as two straight columns of support from the hip joint or shoulder to the ground. This does not mean perpendicular, but a straight line from the shoulder or hip to the pad. The front legs should appear as two straight columns of support. Any deviation from the single column of support is considered a fault. This means that the elbows should not bow out and the feet should not toe in or out.- Dr. CARMEN L. BATTAGLIA
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